Winning and losing isn’t everything in life, but, in the NFL, it’s what separates the coaches who survive in a win-now league from those who can’t quite get the job done.
One coach who has done a lot of winning in his time at the helm of an NFL team is Chuck Pagano of the Indianapolis Colts, who, in addition to going to three-straight postseasons, overcame his battle with leukemia a couple of years ago.
While his team got off to a disappointing 0-2 start this year, Indy was able to stage a ridiculous comeback against the Tennessee Titans in Week 3, overcoming a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter in dramatic fashion.
The emotion that comes with such a win led to an inspiring send-off for his players in the locker room, with Pagano’s impassioned message to his team going like this:
“I can’t tell you how damn proud, every man and every coach in this room is. Grit always wins. I guarantee you when [expletive] hit the fan in that third quarter the only ones that believed were in this room right now. Because you believe and you’ve got grit and you got resilience and you got fight, you dig your way out of something that nobody thought you could dig yourself out of.
“I’m telling you this is bigger than a football game. This is about life and learning lessons about life. That you can do anything that you want to do. Anything. You have faith and you have family and you have belief in one another. And you have grit. You have intestinal fortitude. You got resolve. You got it kid. Everyone of you’s got it. Big time. That’s as big of win that I’ve ever been a part of in my life. I’ll cherish that for the rest of my life. I guarantee you that. And why we do this is for moments just like this.”
For those looking to tackle life’s obstacles today, Pagano’s got you covered. So go tackle your Monday afternoon commute home and dominate, bros.