INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts used some down time Saturday night to support coach Chuck Pagano and raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Indiana.
Just days after nearly three dozen players, including rookie quarterback Andrew Luck, shaved their heads to support Pagano in his battle against a form of leukemia, coach Bruce Arians, other team employees and some players showed up at a local night spot for the fundraiser.
Organizers were hoping for $10,000 to donate to the society in Pagano's name.
Arians couldn't think of a better way to spend a rare Saturday night off — watching Alabama, where he has coached twice, mingling with fans and supporting his close friend.
"This is about family, and so many families are affected by this disease that everything we can do to fight it, we will," said Arians, a prostate cancer survivor himself.
The fundraiser was the brainchild of Sean Sullivan and his wife, who own Sully's Bar and Grill on the city's west side. Sullivan is the Colts' equipment manager, and like the players, cut off his hair.
The big night included an auction of memorabilia that Sullivan collected from his contacts around the league and in other sports.
Among the items were signed NFL jerseys from Drew Brees, Edgerrin James and Tim Tebow; Peyton Manning's signed high school jersey, a football signed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell; helmets autographed by Dan Marino and Rex Ryan; a racing helmet signed by Dale Earnhardt Jr.; a basketball signed by Indiana coach Tom Crean and a football signed by Hoosiers coach Kevin Wilson; and a mini-helmet signed by Dick Butkus.
The Baltimore Ravens, where Pagano coached before coming to Indy, also donated a helmet.