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Colts coach Chuck Pagano honors another cancer survivor, the Chiefs’ Eric Berry

Colts coach Chuck Pagano, left, honored Eric Berry by wearing his T-shirt on Tuesday.
Colts coach Chuck Pagano, left, honored Eric Berry by wearing his T-shirt on Tuesday. Instagram via Ian Rapoport

Colts coach Chuck Pagano and Chiefs safety Eric Berry were on the same team Tuesday.

The beat cancer team.

Pagano wore a No. 29 Berry shirt to Colts practice Tuesday, paying tribute to the player who last week said he was cancer free less than a year after being diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma.

Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia in 2012 and missed 12 games.

Shortly after Berry was diagnosed, Chiefs coach Andy Reid got in touch with Pagano, who reached out to Berry.

“He would text me and say, ‘Look, they’re going to do a bone marrow biopsy, this is what you need to be prepared for, this, this and this,’” Berry said. “And he had me prepared for a lot of things I wasn’t aware of.”

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