Our second Colts Fan Fest last Thursday in Louisville was crazy to say the least. A tire problem, a long delay and quick-changing weather lead us to a long line of fans waiting with a beautiful view of Louisville’s skyscrapers along the Ohio River in the background. It was a hot afternoon, but the refreshing breeze and The Hunter Smith Band’s country music made the 90 degree weather bearable.
Kentucky’s Classic Hits Station 97.9 FM was with us playing “Funky Town” from their tie-dyed VW van, as well as our local affiliate ESPN 680. Winners Choice Sports was also there providing fans nationwide with live streaming coverage of the event. This has been archived for fans to see if they were caught on camera at www.ihigh.com/wcs.
Fans gathered and cheered as the red helicopter carrying Colts players Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen arrived next to the Ohio River. Tiny, our 30-foot inflatable football player, welcomed them, while Blue, our mascot, gave them each a special handshake.
Meeting the fans is very special to the Colts players. Fleener enjoys giving back to the fans by visiting with them at fun events like Thursday’s Fan Fest. “[The fans] support us. Ultimately, we play for them. Without them, we wouldn’t have a team or the Colts organization,” said Fleener.
Colts players also enjoy signing autographs and taking pictures. Dwayne Allen loves signing autographs for fans, but he has gotten some crazy requests in the past. “In college, I signed a couple of babies. I didn’t feel comfortable doing it, but they really wanted me to,” Allen said.
I talked to Patrick, 21, from New Albany, Ind. while he was waiting in line with one of his friends and his little brother. He contemplated bringing his dog’s collar for Allen and Fleener to sign, but rethought that idea because their autographs are too special to be slobbered on.
Like many other fans, Patrick is looking forward to the Colts first preseason game August 11. He usually watches the game at the local Buffalo Wild Wings, but sometimes he prefers listening to the game on the radio. “I’m the kind of fan who yells during the game. I try to get the refs to hear me when they mess up,” he joked.
All of our fans had a great time walking around Waterfront Park wearing their new COLTSTRONG bracelets, carrying their Colts schedule posters and testing out their football skills at the Field Goal and Quarterback Challenge stations. We loved meeting all of our dedicated Colts fans in Louisville and look forward to doing this all again for our fans in Northern Indiana in a few weeks. We’ll see you July 12, Ft. Wayne!
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The roster for the Colts has been updated to current heights and weights for the 90 players that are scheduled to report to training camp.
Here is a link to the updated roster.
Below are some of the more significant weight changes on the roster.
- QB-Andrew Luck (239 pounds)- A gain of 5 pounds.
- RB-Vick Ballard (224 pounds)- A gain of 7 pounds.
- WR-Griff Whalen (197 pounds) A gain of 12 pounds.
- TE-Dwayne Allen (265 pounds) A gain of 10 pounds.
- TE-Coby Fleener (247 pounds) A loss of 5 pounds.
- TE-Weslye Saunders (261 pounds) A loss of 9 pounds.
- OT-Anthony Castonzo (307 pounds) A loss of 8 pounds.
- C/OG-Khaled Holmes (319 pounds) A gain of 17 pounds.
- OG-Hugh Thornton (334 pounds) A gain of 14 pounds.
- NT-Josh Chapman (340 pounds) A gain of 24 pounds.
- DE-Lawrence Guy (318 pounds) A gain of 18 pounds.
Tags: Andrew Luck, anthony castonzo, Coby Fleener, dwayne allen, Griff Whalen, Hugh Thornton, josh chapman, khaled holmes, Lawrence Guy, vick ballard, Weslye Saunders
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Each morning Colts.com will take a look at the top headlines surrounding the Indianapolis Colts from around the globe. What is the local and national media saying about the Colts?
Take a look below at the top five pieces from Friday, June 28th
By: Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star
The choice of James wouldn’t have been the answer back in 1999 and Chappell recalls the draft where Bill Polian chose the Miami running back instead of Ricky Williams.
“People were shouting at the TV in there,’’ Peggy Cseresznyes, a waitress at the time, told The Star April 17, 1999. “I didn’t really feel either way, but the guests didn’t agree with Bill Polian’s choice.
“They were very upset in there.’’
After over 12,000 yards from scrimmage and four seasons over 1,500 (one of four running backs ever to do that), James is a staple on any all-Indy team.
“Edgerrin was the complete back,’’ quarterback Peyton Manning told The Star in an email. “Run, block, catch; he could do it all. He was an extremely smart football player as well. I always knew I could count on him.
“He was also the best teammate I every played with. Unselfish, accountable and tough as nails. I feel honored and privileged to say that I played ball with Edgerrin James.
“He was that that good and that special.’’
By: Anthony Schoettle, Indianapolis Business Journal
It appears that Jeff Saturday’s retirement from the NFL has caused the itch for the Pro Bowl center to get into the broadcast booth.
Retired Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday is positioning himself for a national broadcasting job, and he’s turning to one of the most high-powered agents to get an edge.
Saturday recently signed a deal with New York-based IMG to help him find broadcasting and speaking jobs as well as potentially other commercial work.
“It’s kind of rare that a former center would have that kind of personality,” Montag said of his newest client..
Posted in Colts Blog, COLTS DAILY HEADLINES
Looking for a place to have your Colts questions answered at the end of the week? Well, you’ve come to the right place.
This Friday, I will host a one-hour chat called “Horseshoe Roundup” beginning at 11 a.m. During the offseason, the chat will take place every two weeks and it will move to a weekly schedule once the regular season gets closer.
The chat will cover a variety of topics with the focus being the pertinent news during that time period. I will take your questions and try to answer as many as I can during the hour.
For this week, the Colts rookies have left the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center and the offseason is truly upon us with players reporting to training camp four weeks from tomorrow.
What questions do you have about the Colts with training camp starting on July 27th.
This will be the second-to-last chat before training camp begins. We will have another one on July 19th and then once camp begins, we will move to a weekly chat.
Feel free to join the chat via this link around 11:00 a.m. on Friday (scroll to the bottom of the page) and we will talk for an hour about whatever is on your mind.
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