The Colts have some bald cheerleaders and a win to help their ailing coach.
The Indianapolis Colts were stunned earlier this season to learn that coach Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia, but the team decided to take measures to support their coach. Several players, including Andrew Luck, shaved their heads as a sign of solidarity for Pagano, who has been unable to return to the sidelines.
As Pro Football Talk noted, now the Colts cheerleaders got in on the act, going bald to support the coach. During the team’s 20-13 win over the Buffalo Bills, two Colts cheerleaders decided to go bald, shaving their heads on the sidelines as the game went on behind them.
The CBS cameras caught the two Colts cheerleaders sitting side-by-side and holding hands as they went bald.
The Colts bald cheerleaders were doing more than just showing their support for Chuck Pagano. By shaving their heads, the cheerleaders helped raise $10,000 for cancer research. They had been challenged by the Colts mascot, named Blue, to cut off all their hair if he could raise the $10,000.
Pagano seemed moved by the Colts bald cheerleaders and the inspired play of the team. He attended the game at Lucas Oil Field, and received a standing ovation from the crowd when he was shown on the big screen.
Perhaps motivated by the Colts bald cheerleaders, the team played inspired football on Sunday, holding off the Buffalo Bills and keeping their playoff hopes strong. The Colts now sit at 7-4 and hold one of the two Wild Card spots in the AFC.