For the Paganos, this is just the start.
He will continue to undergo regular checkups and take medication to ensure the cancer does not return.
He will spend many of his spare hours helping others battle leukemia and other forms of cancer.
He will cherish all that time he has with his family and friends.
But most of all, he’s grateful.
‘‘You always look at these opportunities and understand how lucky you are and what a privilege it is to coach and play in the National Football League,’’ he said. ‘‘I don’t know if it’s changed me. I know I never really took anything for granted and most certainly now, I don’t take anything for granted, not one day, and if I can pass that on with an even greater, stronger message with the people I work with and you know the guys we coach, that might have a little bit more credence to it.’’