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Colts head coach Chuck Pagano was wearing a t-shirt at practice on Tuesday in support of Texans offensive lineman David Quessenberry, who was diagnosed with leukemia.

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Yesterday, we mentioned how Colts head coach Chuck Pagano was supporting former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly in his battle with cancer by wearing a "Kelly Tough" t-shirt on Monday.  On Tuesday, Pagano was again sporting a t-shirt in support of someone battling cancer, in this case Houston Texans offensive lineman David Quessenberry.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>So honored. Thank you Today, Coach Pagano is <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DQStrong?src=hash">#DQStrong</a> showing support for <a href="https://twitter.com/HoustonTexans">@HoustonTexans</a>&#39; <a href="https://twitter.com/DavidQberry">@DavidQberry</a>. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NFLFamily?src=hash">#NFLFamily</a> <a href="http://t.co/A09fMTonXf">pic.twitter.com/A09fMTonXf</a></p>&mdash; David Quessenberry (@DavidQberry) <a href="https://twitter.com/DavidQberry/statuses/499296245613989888">August 12, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Saying Thank you is never enough to all the people supporting me in my fight against cancer. You motivate me everyday to beat this thing</p>&mdash; David Quessenberry (@DavidQberry) <a href="https://twitter.com/DavidQberry/statuses/499301242368045056">August 12, 2014</a></blockquote>

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David Quessenbery was drafted by the Texans in the sixth round of the 2013 draft, and this offseason he was diagnosed with leukemia in June.  His fellow Texans offensive linemen have since dedicated their 2014 season to Quessenberry.

Obviously, Chuck Pagano has a unique platform when it comes to supporting and backing others battling with cancer, as Pagano also battled and beat leukemia.  He was forced to miss much of the 2012 season because of it, but he returned to the sidelines in week seventeen of that year and since then has really made an effort to support those also battling cancer.  This has led to an annual ChuckStrong gala, a book released this offseason entitled "Sidelined," visits with several fighting the disease, and much more.  In the grand scheme of things, Pagano wearing t-shirts the past two days is pretty minor compared to some of the other stuff he is actively doing in raising support for cancer research and in supporting those battling cancer.  At the same time, however, it's a great gesture from the head coach of an NFL team in wearing shirts supporting players (or former players) from other teams.  Some things transcend football, and Chuck Pagano is doing a small, subtle, yet still awesome thing in showing support for guys like Jim Kelly and David Quessenberry.