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JONES-DREW HAS FRIENDLY MESSAGE FOR BETHEA, HICKMAN

Posted by Kevin Bowen on September 19, 2012 – 2:39 pm

Maurice Jones-Drew had a little fun with a few of his friends on Wednesday afternoon.

Jones-Drew is back in uniform after a tumultuous offseason dealing with a contract dispute and is looking forward to seeing a familiar foe on Sunday. He explained why he decided to end his holdout a few weeks ago.

“I love you guys too much,” Jones-Drew said joking with the Indianapolis media via conference call on Wednesday. “I actually came back for (Antoine) Bethea and he knows why.”

Bethea and Jones-Drew have the same agent and the two Pro Bowl players each had a little fun with each other on Wednesday.

“The whole time I was out, (Bethea) was texting me making sure I was ready,” Jones-Drew said. “We have a great competitive spirit amongst us. That’s my man. It’s always good to go against him.”

“We’ve just become great friends just from on the field, all those battles, all those times you get to run into somebody, you want to get to know him a little bit as you try to make them look bad and vice versa.”

The normally quiet Bethea even had a few words for his friend, who will turn foe for about three hours on Sunday.

“I’m not happy to see him back but I’m happy to see him playing the game that he loves,” Bethea said with a grin.

“We spent some time in the offseason together. We’ll poke fun here and there. I don’t really want to poke too much fun this upcoming week so he can kind of take it easy a little bit. It’s all fun and games.”

The friendship with Bethea isn’t the only one that Jones-Drew has in the Colts locker room.

Outside linebacker Justin Hickman was Jones-Drew’s college roommate at UCLA and was in his wedding this past April and is ready to hit his ‘little’ friend.

“I’m just looking forward to hitting him,” Hickman said of Jones-Drew. “At UCLA, we couldn’t really hit him too much. But now it’ll be fun to get a lick on him.”

The three friends all share the same agent and this offseason spent a little time together.

Some trash talk was exchanged between the trio and Sunday’s meeting will be the first of two contests to decide who can walk their talk.

“It’s funny, every Fourth of July we get together and go out and all I heard was how (Bethea) stood me up on the goal line last year. That was good fuel to the fire (laughing),” Jones-Drew said.

The laughing will be put on the back burner come 1 p.m. on Sunday. Once that final whistle blows on Sunday, you can be sure to find the trio talking on the field.

“I have a lot of history up there. I hang out with a lot of those guys,” Jones-Drew said. “They’re good people off the field. It’s going to be great. It’s another task and it’s another great competitive game for us.”


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