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Chuck Pagano gives inspiring, amazing postgame speech to victorious Colts team

If you're a football fan, we'll assume you know who Chuck Pagano is, and what he's going through right now. For those who don't know, the Indianapolis Colts' first-year head coach was diagnosed with leukemia on Sept. 26, and he's obviously been away from the team getting treatment. Pagano has kept in touch via email and other electronic methods, and he was finally able to visit the Colts' facility this week.

On Sunday, Pagano was in attendance for a Colts game for the first time since his diagnosis, and he gave an amazing speech to his team following Indy's 23-20 win over the Miami Dolphins.

"I mentioned before the game that you guys were living in vision, and you weren't living in circumstances," Pagano said. "Because you know where they had us in the beginning -- every last one of them. But you refused to live in circumstances, and you decided consciously, as a team and as a family, to live in a vision. And that's why you bring things home like you brought things home today. That's why you're already champions, and well on your way.

"I've got circumstances -- you guys understand it, and I understand it. It's already beat. And my vision that I'm living is to see two more daughters get married, dance at their weddings, and then hoist that Lombardi [Trophy] several times.

"I'm dancing at two more weddings, and we're hoisting that trophy together, men."

We really have nothing to add, because we could not possibly come close to the sheer awesomeness of Chuck Pagano.

Now, if you'll excuse us, it's a little dusty in here...

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