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06/24/2014 05:18 pm ET Updated Jun 24, 2014

Colts Coach Chuck Pagano: Cancer Is 'Like Getting Hit In The Head With A Baseball Bat'

The Indianapolis Colts hired Chuck Pagano to be their head coach in January 2012. By September, Pagano had been diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia and found himself sidelined for much of his first season. It was jarring, to say the least.

Pagano told HuffPost Live host Marc Lamont Hill on Tuesday that the cancer diagnosis was "like getting hit in the head with a baseball bat." Pagano joined the show to talk about his new book, Sidelined: Overcoming Odds through Unity, Passion, and Perseverance.

"It's not something any of us expect to be coming down the pike, so to speak," Pagano said.

Pagano is in full remission, and coached the Colts to a 11-5 record in 2013.

Watch the video above to see more about Pagano's journey, and click here to see the full Huffpost Live conversation with the coach.

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