NOTE: This is the first of five major off-field awards to be presented this week by the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA). The schedule of awards to be announced: Tuesday 6/18-Good Guy Award (player who helps the media the most); Wednesday 6/19-Dick McCann Award (distinguished reporter); Thursday 6/20-Jack Horrigan Award (league/club official who helps the media the most); Friday 6/21-Pete Rozelle Award (top PR staff).
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS HEAD COACH CHUCK PAGANO SELECTED AS PFWA’S 2013 GEORGE HALAS AWARD WINNER
Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, whose battle with a curable form of leukemia during the 2012 season touched many across the NFL and helped raise research funds, has been selected as the 2013 George Halas Award winner by the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA).
Pagano, the 44th Halas Award winner, is the third NFL head coach and fourth member of the Colts franchise to receive the honor from the PFWA.
The Halas Award is given to a NFL player, coach or staff member who overcomes the most adversity to succeed. The award is named for Halas, a charter member (1963) of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, who was associated with the Chicago Bears and NFL from their inception in 1920 until his death in 1983 as an owner, manager, player and promoter. Halas won 324 games and six NFL titles in 40 seasons as a coach.
Pagano, who was in his first season as Colts head coach, was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia and hospitalized at the IU Health Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis on Sept. 26 during the team’s bye week. The Colts named Bruce Arians as interim head coach as Pagano spent almost a month in the hospital.
Pagano attended the Nov. 4 home game against Miami and spoke to the team before and after the 23-20 victory over the Dolphins. He told the team after the game, “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.”