Title: Sidelined (Overcoming Odds through Unity and Passion, Perseverance)
Author: Chuck Pagano with Bruce A. Tollner
Where were you or what were you doing when the Indianapolis Colts began their 2012 season with their new coach? Even if you aren’t a football fan or a Colts fan, it does people good to look at what has happened in others’ lives because sometimes it brings a perspective we wouldn’t gain otherwise. Such was the case with Coach Pagano and the year “Chuck Strong!” was the battle cry not of just the Colts team, but of many people even players from other teams. The NFL is more than a game or a championship; it is more like a family due to the amount of time the guys are together on the team. Plus relationships between families are built and retained regardless of their husband’s job.
I received the book yesterday and sat outside, turning pages until the very end of the book. Readers get a glimpse into what the Strong family, Colt Team and organization went through during Pagano’s rookie coaching season. As I read, my memory went back to when my sister-in-law and best friend went through their battles with cancer, along with another friend who also went through a battle with this bullying disease. While I had to say good-bye to each, never do I forget the lessons I learned or the way God blessed us during those times.
Sometimes when someone we don’t know is suffering it is far enough away not to really affect us, but when our coach got sick, it impacted Indianapolis and its ripples are still going forth. I believe people who make time to read the story Chuck shares will come away with hope, faith and a fighting spirit. Many people will identify with the various way players and friends reacted at the unexpected news Coach got in 2012 and will walk away encouraged along with challenged to be encouraging others. The biggest lesson we can learn and utilize in our personal lives, careers, families, and nation is to look out for each other and serve each other. The call to serve is the most rewarding, challenging, sacrificial and fulfilling life we can ever imagine and more!
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