The Indianapolis Colts will be thinking about Chuck Pagano when they play host to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, but at least they know their coach is in good spirits as he continues treatment for leukemia at an Indianapolis hospital.
In an email sent to The Indianapolis Star, Pagano wrote "all is good" and that he was receiving the "best care in the world" at the IU Health Simon Cancer Center.
He also had a message for all the people who've offered their support since his diagnosis:
"Thanks for all the love and support. Could not do this alone!"
Pagano's email to the newspaper wasn't the only message he sent from his hospital room this week. The first-year coach also sent a lengthy email to each of the Colts players. Indianapolis interim coach Bruce Arians said he plans to read it to the players before Sunday's game.
"When you read it by yourself, it's very emotional. I don't know if I can get it out to the team," Arians said, according to The Indianapolis Star.
Pagano's words could give the Colts an extra emotional boost heading into the showdown with the favored Packers. And if the Colts are off their game, coach will know -- he now gets NFL Network in his hospital room after lamenting earlier in the week that it wasn't available. Colts owner Jim Irsay didn't waste time fixing the problem.
"Nice to be able to watch NFL Network," Pagano wrote in his email. "Priceless having Jim Irsay as your friend, owner and LEADER!"