I know this doesn't absolve Coach Caldwell for the mistakes he's made with the Colts this season, but I thought I'd share this little tidbit from Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback article that was published today.
King talks about referee Tony Corrente's story this season and his new struggle with cancer. Throughout the season, he's been going through chemotherapy and continues to referee. He was at the Panters vs. Colts game and here's what happened:
At first, the chemo did little to him physically. But he began to lose his hair and look pale; at one point he had a bad skin rash. The Colts found out what ailed Corrente, and Peyton Manning, before the Nov. 27 Colts game against Carolina, gave Corrente a hug. "We heard,'' Manning said. During a TV timeout, Corrente was told Colts coach Jim Caldwell wanted to see him.
"He took both my hands, right there on the field,'' Corrente said. "And he said, 'I just wish you all the best. Our whole organization is praying for you.' ''
Not gonna lie, I don't know how many other players and coaches would've done that kind of thing, but I found it to be pretty remarkable the care they show towards others. We might've been the worst team in football this season, but I love the fact that we can stay classy and care about others on and off the field.
I love my Colts. That is all. And for the record, as dismal as many of us find him to be as a coach, I can´t remember anyone implying that Caldwell isn´t an outsanding person in his own right.
Good story, I don't read the PK stuff anymore, so thank you for sharing... who posted this, by the way, would like to correct your user name.
That's pretty cool. One thing we as Colts fans have always had is that we have a classy organization. Also, I hope for a speedy recovery for Corrente.
Great story. Along the same lines I was very impressed how they did not fall apart and start tearing each other down. It seems like some teams go through a 4 game losing streak and suddenly everyone has bad attitudes and do not get along. I don't think anyone saw any evidence of that from the Colts.