Getty ImagesChuck Pagano, the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, used to be a Baltimore Raven. The same is true of Colts safety Tom Zbikowski. As ex-Ravens, they've both been through their share of wars with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Neither is ready to let go.
Their Steeler hatred still burns so intensely, in fact, that they won't tolerate the sight of a Steelers jersey at a Colts practice. A 24-year-old Steelers fan found this out on Monday when Pagano approached him personally and made him take off his Steelers jersey. From the AP:
''He (Zbikowski) saw it and said, `Look Coach we got to do something about that,''' Pagano said. ''I went over there. He's a huge (Bruce) Arians fan, obviously, and Mewelde Moore [ed. note: Arians and Moore are former Steelers]. So with a little bit of coaching and a brand new Andrew Luck jersey, I said, `Look, you've got to put this jersey on. If you do it, you get to stay, if not we've got to escort you out of here.'''
The Steelers and Colts have had their battles through the years, but they aren't traditional rivals. The Steelers figure again to be one of the dominant forces in the AFC, though, so if the Colts want to get to the Super Bowl, they'll have to — actually, I guess we can just go ahead and stop that sentence right there.
I think the real takeaway here is just how much the Steelers are inside the heads of the Ravens. Even when they leave Baltimore, a Raven can't shake the Steelers out of his system. It seems like some therapy might be necessary.
The fan said he wore the jersey to get the attention of Arians and Moore. It worked. He got to meet both of them after practice, and walked away with the Andrew Luck jersey. I guess no one can fault the Colts for not taking care of Steelers fans at their practices. Meanwhile, there's someone in that crowd thinking, "Hey, I bought a Jeff George Jersey in 1990. What do I get?"
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