"I'm thankful for the Pittsburgh Steelers letting me go to be here," Arians said. "Truthfully. Couldn't think of a better place to be at this point in time. And to have felt more needed, probably, in my entire life.
"So, thank you, Pittsburgh."
Arians has not elected to talk much about the situation, but it's clear he's happy in Circle City. He's now the acting head coach while Pagano fights a battle with leukemia. Arians always has wanted to sit in the big chair, though not in this way. Arians is coaching the No. 1 pick in Andrew Luck, and the Colts have progressed faster than most expected, earning a 6-4 record and a shot at a playoff berth. The team has formed a unique bond through the emotional experience of supporting Pagano.
No one associated with the Colts will ever forget this season. The circumstances were unfortunate, but the season has featured a life-changing series of events that Arians truly is thankful to be part of.