INDIANAPOLIS – Before the Colts turn the switch completely on for the 2016 season, Chuck Pagano has some hardware to take home.
On Friday morning, Pagano will receive the Indiana Black Expo's Spirit Award at their Corporate Luncheon.
Per the Black Expo's press release, Pagano will receive the Spirit Award based off his "positive and mental toughness on and off the field during his time as Indianapolis."
In 2012, Chuck Pagano was named the new head coach of the Indianapolis Colts and just three games into the season Pagano had to take a leave of absence after being diagnosed with leukemia. Pagano's fight against cancer inspired not only his team but the entire NFL community. He beat his fight with leukemia and created the CHUCKSTRONG foundation which has helped to raise about $2.5 million for cancer research since its inception. Chuck Pagano overcame the odds that were stacked against him and inspired a community to be CHUCKSTRONG.
Along with Pagano, the IBE will also be honoring Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown, Grammy award singer Dionne Warwick and actor Larenz Tate.
At last year's luncheon, former Colts' great Reggie Wayne received a key to the city of Indianapolis.
Colts.com will have coverage from Friday's luncheon.
Fun candid images from the 2016 Chuckstrong Gala.