Perhaps no two positions share a greater bond on the playing field than that of a center and a quarterback.
That is why when quarterback Andrew Luck broke the huddle during minicamps in June and couldn’t find his longhaired center Sampson Satele, he panicked.
It took the rookie quarterback a second, but he quickly slid over from the guard position back under center to receive the snap from another new Colt in Satele.
‘”Yeah, I actually messed up. I lined up behind the guard I think in one of the OTAs. But with Samson’s hair, how would you mess that up?” Luck said.
Satele comes to the Colts after three years in Oakland, and two years before that in Miami. He has missed just two out of a possible 80 career games played, including starting 74 of those.
The Hawaii native, with his long hair, can be spotted easily on the playing field and he is anxious to man the middle on a fairly new Colts offensive line.
“We got to earn respect. We know that,” Satele said of the line. “(Offensive line coaches Harold Goodwin and Joe Gilbert) Goodie and Joe, we all know that, nobody is going to say we are a dominant o-line until they see it. I’m a believer in being a leader by my actions. My actions show my leadership, just like I play.”
That leadership along the offensive line will be counted on with a core of young players at the Colts skill positions.
Even though Satele and Luck have been together for just a few months, the center has been blown away by what he has seen.
“He’s crazy good. There’s nothing I can teach the man right now. I mean he’s that great,” Satele said of Luck.
The high praise exchanged from the center to his quarterback can be felt the same way when Luck speaks about his new center.
“He’s a very sharp guy,” Luck said of Satele. “You can tell he takes a lot of pride in what he does. It’ll be a lot of fun getting to play behind him, and take snaps from him.”
This offseason, the Colts signed four veteran offensive linemen that have a combined 25 years of NFL experience among them.
In the afternoon practice on Sunday, coach Chuck Pagano was very pleased with the offense’s performance and even though it was just day one, Satele knows for the unit to put up points, those five guys must be cohesive.
“That’s why we play offensive line because we know that if we don’t go, the whole play doesn’t go. We got to protect (Andrew Luck) and open the holes for (running back Donald Brown) Donald or whoever is running the ball,” Satele said.
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