T.Y. Hilton made a promise to his new college football coach Mario Cristobal.
The first time the electric Hilton would touch the ball on the collegiate level he would score a touchdown.
So Cristobal sent Hilton out for punt return duties during the second quarter of Florida International’s 2008 season opener against Kansas.
Hilton, true to his word, fielded the punt and went 74 yards the other way for a touchdown on his first collegiate touch.
“The closest Kansas guy was at the 40,” FIU broadcaster and writer Pete Pelegrin told Sports Illustrated. “He could have walked into the end zone he was so fast. He brought such an excitement, game after game.”
With the dynamic abilities of Hilton, FIU made their first career bowl appearances in 2010 and 2011.
“(Hilton) really made people pay attention to football here at FIU,” Pelegrin said. “Football started here in 2002 and when he got here in 2008, there wasn’t much to offer besides Miami.”
“He did help build this place.”
Colts fans have witnessed a few of the “T.Y., Goodbye” touchdown celebrations that FIU fans frequently witnessed.
Despite having a prolific career at FIU, Hilton watched as 13 receivers were chosen before the No. 92 pick in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
“I saw how everybody passed on me and I was waiting for somebody to take that chance,” Hilton said.
“Once the Colts took me, I said, ‘I was going to make everybody pay.’ That’s what I’m doing.”
Hilton has high expectations when it comes to his NFL future and after his rookie campaign who can blame him.
“This is a person and a player who wants to be great and isn’t afraid to say that he wants to be great,” Trotter said of Hilton.
“He told me he wanted to be great and with a quarterback like Andrew Luck, he’s going to have that opportunity.”
Below is the Sports Illustrated video with interviews from Hilton, Pelegrin and Trotter.
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When Chuck Pagano stands before his 90 players at the first team meeting of the 2013 training camp, he will pop in a highlight video.
The highlight video will include a clip of a scoreboard that shows just how close the Colts were last season.
Against the eventual Super Bowl XLVII Champions, there were the Colts down 17-9 early in the fourth quarter facing a first-and-five from the Ravens 18-yard line.
A penalty and two incompletions were sandwiched around a one-yard rush, thwarting a potential game tying drive with the Colts momentum ending in a missed 40-yard field goal.
Yes, the Colts proved numerous doubters wrong with their 2012 performance but there was still something missing.
“Well we didn’t accomplish our goal,” Pagano said earlier this week during the Colts Corporate Luncheon Series. “The only reason we came back (Monday) as a staff and the only reason these guys are showing up is one reason and one reason only and that’s to hoist the Lombardi.”
Last year, the Colts fell a game short of winning the AFC South and capturing that division will punch their ticket into the month of January.
“First thing, we’ve got to retake the (AFC) South. The easiest way to get into the dance, get into the playoffs, is to win your division,” Pagano said.
“We’ve owned it for a long, long time but Houston’s had it for the last two years so we’ve got to re-take the South, get ourselves in the dance, and then go finish this year.”
Pagano’s meeting on Saturday with the 2013 Colts will span many topics but rest assured that in those last few moments he will harp on what it’s going to take to “hoist the Lombardi.”
“We’ve got unfinished business. We got into the dance but we didn’t accomplish our number one goal.”
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With players reporting to training camp tomorrow, the Colts made an intriguing roster move on Thursday afternoon. Also, check out what some members of the national media have pegged the Colts this season.
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 pieces from Saturday, July 27th.
By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
The roster moves continue to pour in for the Colts as the team signed outside linebacker Daniel Adongo and waived tight end Weslye Saunders.
Adongo, 23, is a standout rugby play from Kenya who stands 6-5 and weighs 257 pounds.
“He is not only an elite athlete and rising international rugby player, but he is an exceptional competitor and human being that has the right makeup for our sport,” Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson said in a statement released by the team. “We all look forward to watching his growth and development in the ensuing weeks.”
Adongo, a 23-year old Kenyan national, is a 2006 graduate of Strathmore High School in Nairobi who attended the University of South Africa the following year. His rugby resume includes playing in the 2012 Varsity Cup for the University of Pretoria Tuks, the Vodacom Blue Bulls and the New Zealand ITM Cup team Counties Manukau.
By: Staff, Indianapolis Star
The pundits have weighed in on where the Colts will end up in 2013.
Here’s a list compiled by the Indianapolis Star on where nine national media outlets have the Colts finishing…
The New York Daily News has Indianapolis ninth, No. 4 in the AFC and the No. 1 wild card. Gary Myers wrote: “When the rest of the team catches up to (Luck) in a few years, the Colts will be in the SuperBowl.”
ESPN.com has the Colts ranked 10th and grabbing the sixth and final AFC playoff spot.
NFL.com has Indianapolis at No. 12 and the sixth-best team in the AFC. “Picking up Ahmad Bradshaw was enough to give the Indianapolis Colts a slight bump (overall) over the Chicago Bears,” NFL.com said.
CBSSports.com also has the Colts at No. 12 and as the sixth-best team in the AFC. Pete Prisco said, “They shocked a lot of people last year, and Andrew Luck will be better, but the schedule is tougher too.”
SportingNews.com was also in the consensus: Colts at No. 12 and the final AFC playoff sport. Vinnie Iyer wrote: “Imagine what (Luck) can do with another year and working toward the elite status he’s on track to embrace.”
The experts are pretty much in agreement as FoxSports.com has, surprise, the Colts ranked No. 12 overall and grabbing the No. 6 AFC playoff spot. Though former Ravens coach Brian Billick writes: “I’m not sure they got any better this offseason.”
SportsIllustrated.com has the Colts ranked 14th and pulling down the final AFC playoff spot saying, “below the ‘elite’ squads but capable of surprising everyone again.”
NFLSoup.com mixes things up a little, picking Indianapolis 14th and missing out on the playoffs in favor of Pittsburgh. It writes: “The magic will be gone this year.”
WalterFootball.com completely breaks from the pack, picking Indianapolis 19th overall, putting Miami in the playoffs and ranking Pittsburgh ahead of the Colts. The blurb on the Colts questions the signing of OLB Erik Walden.
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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. Starting next week, the chat will be moved to once every week until the season ends.
During training camp, the chat is tentatively scheduled for 8 p.m. on Thursdays with the first coming on August 2nd.
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 are now less than 24 hours away from reporting to training camp.
What are your burning questions heading into training camp where the Colts roster will dwindle down from 90 to the difficult number of 53?
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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