The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent guard Chad Anderson and waived defensive end Gannon Conway.
Anderson, 6-3, 321 pounds, joins the Colts from the LA Kiss of the Arena Football League. He also participated in the Indianapolis NFL Regional Combine earlier this year. Collegiately, Anderson started 32-of-35 career games and was a three-time letterman at Northern Michigan. He made 32 consecutive starts over his final three seasons, including the last 21 at the right tackle position. As a senior in 2013, he blocked for an offense that averaged 352.8 total yards per game, including 231.7 yards passing and 121.1 yards rushing.
Conway was originally signed by the Colts as a free agent on June 11, 2014. In 30 career games (14 starts) at Arizona State, he recorded 51 tackles (33 solo), nine tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and two passes defensed.
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Attendees Get First Look at 2014-15 Calendar and New Uniform Design
INDIANAPOLIS – On Friday, July 25, the Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders will host an event to unveil two exciting elements for the 2014 season – a new swimsuit calendar and their new uniform design. Tickets for the party are on sale now at www.colts.com/cheerparty. The evening will include the unveiling of the calendar and uniform, an autograph session with the Colts Cheerleaders, and activities on the field. In addition, fans who purchase the VIP ticket experience will also have the opportunity to tour the team’s weight room, locker room and memorabilia room.
General admission tickets are $25 and include an appetizer buffet, a 2014-15 Colts Cheerleader calendar ($20 value), access to the autograph session, an exclusive unveiling of the new uniforms and the chance to win two (2) tickets to the Colts home opener on Sunday, September 15. VIP tickets are available for $40 and include all general admission items as well as access to the VIP reception, a preview of the new uniforms, access to the locker room, weight room, memorabilia room. General admission tickets will be available for purchase at the door on July 25.
For the first time in team history, the Colts 2014-15 calendar was shot in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in conjunction with Apple Vacations and Iberostar Resorts.
WHAT: 2014-15 Colts Cheerleader Calendar Launch Party and Uniform Unveiling
- Unveiling of 2014-15 Colts Cheerleader Swimsuit Calendar
- Unveiling of the Colts Cheerleaders New Uniforms
- Autograph Session with Colts Cheerleaders
- Food and Drink
- VIP Reception with Tours of the Locker Room, Weight Room and Memorabilia Room
WHEN: Friday, July 25, 2014
6-7 p.m. – VIP Reception
7 p.m. – Doors Open for General Admission
7:30 p.m. – Uniform and Calendar Unveiling
8-9 p.m. – Autographs and Field Activities
WHERE: Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center
7001 W. 56th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46254
COST: $25 – General Admission Ticket
$40 – VIP Ticket
The 2014 Colts Cheerleaders are sponsored in part by Tyler Mason Salon and Spa, Sun Tan City, Core Pilates & Fitness, Curtain Call Dance Studio, LA Fitness and Varsity Spirit Fashion.
Tags: Cheerleaders, indianapolis colts cheerleaders, swimsuit calendar
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The 2014 Summer Tour ended last Friday with our final Fan Fest. After Colts Day at Vincennes University, Fan Fest in Greensburg, and Fan Fest in Louisville, our Colts crew headed to Fort Wayne for one last event. The Fan Fest was part of Fort Wayne’s annual summer festival, the Three Rivers Festival, and we’re glad the Colts were included at this exciting event!
After three other successful events, we knew the drill – the inflatables were up, Colts in Motion was open, the Mobile Pro Shop was stocked with plenty of apparel and hundreds of posters were ready to be given away. During setup, fans eagerly waited in line hours before the event. By the time players Bjoern Werner and Anthony Castonzo arrived via helicopter, the crowd in Fort Wayne was ready and excited to get autographs.
Castonzo attended the event during the Summer Tour last year, and he was looking forward to being back in Fort Wayne for another great Fan Fest. “We’re kind of living in our own little bubble getting ready for the season, but then coming out here and meeting the fans and seeing their excitement really gets us pumped for this fall,” Castonzo said.
Werner added, “It’s really exciting to see Colts fans outside of Indianapolis and to see how all of Indiana supports the Colts.”
After getting autographs from Werner and Castonzo, cheerleaders and Blue, our younger fans enjoyed our Horse Slide inflatable, Football bounce house, and Play 60 Zone. Other fans listened to the live music provided by The Hunter Smith Band and registered to win Colts tickets. Colts fan Mary hopes she’ll win the tickets to a game. “The last time I went to a Colts game was fifteen years ago,” Mary said. “I better win these tickets!” We agree that it’s time Mary went to another game to cheer on her favorite team!
The Three Rivers Festival includes their popular “Junk Food Alley”, a line of food trucks with all types of fried fair food. Castonzo remembers eating the delicious food from Junk Food Alley last summer.
“I had a pork chop that was out of this world, and then some kind of bacon waffle creation. Whatever it was, it was amazing.”
Werner said he was hoping to sample some of the food after Fan Fest. “I haven’t had much fair food before, but I’d really like to try some of the German food here.” We made sure that the players went home with some treats from Junk Food Alley!
Colts fan Leslie brought her sons Colt, age 5, and Jake, age 2, to the event. The family had a special story behind Colt’s cool name. “He was born during a Colts and Steelers game,” Leslie told us. “We went to the hospital at the beginning of the game, and he was born before it even was over! That’s why we chose ‘Colt’ for him.” It sounds like Colt was destined to be a die-hard Colts fan!
We had a great time with more than 1000 fans who came out to celebrate Colts Fan Fest! It’s been an awesome summer for the Colts as we’ve toured Indiana and met thousands of the best fans in the NFL. Thanks, Fort Wayne, for wrapping up our tour with a successful Fan Fest! Now it’s time for an exciting season! Don’t worry, we’ll be back in a year for the 2015 Summer Tour. Go Colts!
The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent wide receiver Aaron Burks and waived wide receiver LaVon Brazill.
Burks, 6-3, 205 pounds, was originally signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent on May 12, 2014 before being waived on June 13. In four seasons at Boise State, he caught 47 passes for 743 yards and four touchdowns. As a senior in 2013, Burks posted career highs of 18 receptions and three touchdowns, while adding 309 receiving yards. As a junior in 2012, he played in all 13 games and totaled a career-high 319 receiving yards to go along with 17 receptions and his first career receiving touchdown.
Brazill was originally selected by the Colts in the sixth round (206th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. In 25 career regular season games with the team, he recorded 23 receptions for 347 yards and three touchdowns. Brazill also registered seven receptions for 144 yards and two touchdowns in three postseason games (two starts).
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FREE BLUE LIGHT BULBS AVAILABLE TO SUPPORT IMPD
In honor of the men and women of law enforcement and to support the Indy Going Blue for IMPD effort, the Indianapolis Colts are joining with Meijer and GE to provide 4,000 free blue light bulbs for local Hoosiers. These light bulbs will be available from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, July 11, while supplies last, at the Pike Plaza Meijer (5349 Pike Plaza Rd, Indianapolis) and Southport Road Meijer (5325 E Southport Rd, Indianapolis). The bulbs will be available near the front of the stores, inside the general merchandise entrance. One bulb per person.
The Colts, Meijer and GE were inspired to organize this effort after learning that Central Indiana residents who wanted to join the Indy Going Blue for IMPD movement were having a difficult time locating blue light bulbs in the Indianapolis area. The organizations are encouraging residents to show their support for IMPD and all the men and women of law enforcement by changing out their porch lights with the blue bulbs on Friday evening.
*Note: Meijer is also working to make additional bulbs available for purchase Friday afternoon at their other Indianapolis area stores.
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Fan Fest features Colts Players, Cheerleaders and concert
WHAT: The Indianapolis Colts will host a Fan Fest at the Three Rivers Festival in Fort Wayne, Ind. featuring a FREE community concert by former Colts punter and his band, The Hunter Smith Band. The Colts have hosted Fan Fest events this summer in Greensburg and Louisville. The event in Fort Wayne will mark the final Fan Fest of the summer. Colts Fan Fests are proudly sponsored by the Indiana Corn Marketing Council and the Indiana Soybean Alliance. Please visit www.colts.com/events for an up-to-date listing of locations.
- Autographs from Anthony Castonzo & Bjoern Werner
- Cheerleader and Mascot Blue Autographs
- Register to win tickets
- Interactive Inflatables
- Play 60 Zone
- Live Music featuring The Hunter Smith Band
- Register for an Official Colts Fan Club Membership
- Colts In Motion, the team’s traveling museum
- Free giveaways
- Colts Mobile Pro Shop
WHEN: Friday, July 11th
WHERE: Three Rivers Festival, Headwaters Park
330 S. Clinton St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
COST: Free and open to the public.
About The Hunter Smith Band: Former Colts Punter, Hunter Smith now brings his talent to the music stage instead of the football field. The Hunter Smith Band released their album “Green” on iTunes in April, 2012. Rooted in Indianapolis, this five-man country band has toured throughout the U.S. and plans to headline several local shows this summer. Visit the band’s website www.huntersmithband.com for more information.
Special notes: The Colts encourage all fans to arrive early. The line for player and cheerleader autographs may be cut off at any time to ensure the Fan Fest remains on schedule. Inclement weather or traffic may cause for late arrival or early departure. All Fan Fest events will take place rain or shine. Colts players subject to change due to scheduling conflicts. Fans will be allowed one autograph per person; however fans may get back in line for additional autographs. All Colts Fan Fest event times are local.
Tags: anthony castonzo, Bjoern Werner, colts autographs, colts fan fest, fan fest, fort wayne, hunter smith band
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What better way to start the second Fan Fest of the summer than with an out of state road trip to visit Colts fans down south? After an awesome Colts Fan Fest in Greensburg, we were ready to bring the Colts fun to Louisville, Kentucky!
When we arrived at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, we were ready to setup. With this being our third event of the Summer Tour, our crew had the setup process down like pros. The inflatables were up, Colts in Motion was ready to go, and our special addition to Fan Fest in Louisville, a 35 foot zip line, was all set for some eager fans to enjoy.
Matt Overton and Adam Vinatieri arrived via helicopter, and the devoted fans who were already waiting in line greeted the players with cheers and waves. Soon after, four cheerleaders and Blue arrived. Finally, we were ready to get Fan Fest started!
Both players were looking forward to being in Louisville and meeting some Colts fans. “I’ve never been to Louisville before and I’m excited to be in a new city. It’s awesome to interact with our fans here in Kentucky,” Overton said.
“It’s fun to see the fan base we have around here and get to mingle with the people who are always supporting us,” Vinatieri added.
Loyal Colts fans Mary and Michael brought their sons Aiden and James to the Fan Fest. The family goes to every Colts event they can, and Mary told us that James, age 5, had a very special Colts memory. “On his 4th birthday, we went to training camp and he got a bunch of autographs,” Mary said. “It was the best birthday ever!” James added.
Elijah, age 9, and his brother DaQuan, age 10, were most excited about testing their football skills in the Play 60 Zone. They agreed that this was the best inflatable at Fan Fest, but when asked what the best part of the day was, DaQuan told me, “Meeting the football superstars!”
After getting autographs from players, cheerleaders, and Blue, fans had the chance to register to win Colts tickets, purchase pizza from the Papa John’s Pizza Truck and listen to the Hunter Smith Band, as the former Colts punter led the entertainment for fans once again.
“We always love the super loyal, committed fans,” Vinatieri said, and it’s no doubt there were plenty of these fans in Louisville. Vinatieri also knows a good crowd when he sees one – throughout his eight seasons with the Colts, the veteran kicker has appeared at multiple Summer Tour events, and always proves to be a favorite among the fans.
Loyal and committed fans is also something Overton knows well. “My rookie year I had a grandmother try to have me propose to her granddaughter,” Overton told me. “That’s probably the craziest thing a fan has done!”
Despite the summer heat, more than 800 fans joined us at the event. One more Fan Fest down, and one more to go! We hope to meet many more Colts fans in Fort Wayne on July 11th as we host our final event of the Summer Tour at the Three Rivers Festival, featuring players Bjoern Werner and Anthony Castonzo. Thanks for a great evening, Louisville, and here we come, Fort Wayne!
Tags: #louisville, Adam Vinatieri, Matt Overton, summer tour
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Tumbling, Stunt Squad to Perform at All Colts Home Games
INDIANAPOLIS – Last season, the Indianapolis Colts introduced a new group to the Lucas Oil Stadium sidelines – the Blue Stampede. The 16-member co-ed squad tumbled and performed stunts at each Colts home game to enhance the gameday entertainment experience. On July 11 at 6:30 p.m., the Colts will hold open auditions for the 2014 Blue Stampede squad at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center.
Individuals interested in trying out must complete the audition application available at www.colts.com/bluestampede and bring it with them to tryouts on July 11. The Colts are looking for individuals with exceptional tumbling and stunting skills, as well as a passion for Colts football. All participants must be 18 years or older by June 1, 2014, and available for all Colts home games, as well as one practice per week.
WHEN: Friday, July 11, 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center
7001 W. 56th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46254
WHO: Men and Women interested in becoming a part of the 2014 Blue Stampede. Must be 18 years or older by June 1, 2014, and available for all Colts home games as well as one practice per week.
Tags: auditions, blue stampede, colts cheerleaders
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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.
On Friday, I will host a one-hour chat called “Horseshoe Roundup” beginning at 2:00 p.m EST.
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 have wrapped up their nine-week offseason program.
What did you like and not like about OTAs and minicamp?
What are your thoughts on the Colts heading into the a month long break until training camp?
Feel free to join the chat via this link around 2:00 p.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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Event Includes Appearance by Tight End Coby Fleener
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Colts will host their fourth annual Blue Evening event on Saturday, July 12, for members of their official female fan club, the Blue Ladies. The event, which will take place from 6-9 p.m., will be held at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center (7001 W. 56th Street, Indianapolis). Proceeds generated from the event will benefit The A21 Campaign, an organization which exists to abolish injustice in the 21st century through a comprehensive system of preventative measures, victim protection, prosecution of violators and strategic partnerships.
The evening is free for Blue Ladies members and will include a Q&A session with Colts Tight End Coby Fleener, an assortment of hors d’oeuvres provided by Jonathan Byrd’s Catering and complimentary beer and wine. Throughout the night, Blue Ladies members will have the opportunity to participate in a tour of the locker room and indoor practice facility, and enjoy Colts themed manicures and massages courtesy of Tyler Mason Salon & Spa. In addition, attendees will be eligible to win more than $10,000 worth of amazing raffle prizes including a weekend Colts home game package and a stay at the Conrad Indianapolis.
Ladies who are not members of the Blue Ladies, but who are interested in attending the Blue Evening can register to become a member of the fan club at www.colts.com/blueladies prior to July 12 in order to be eligible to attend. Membership for the Blue Ladies is $75 for the first year and includes access to a variety of exclusive events, apparel and much more.
All current Blue Ladies members must RSVP in order to attend the event. To RSVP for the Blue Evening, members can log on to their Colts Members account at www.coltsmembers.com.
About the Blue Ladies Fan Club
The Blue Ladies fan club was designed with the female fan in mind and offers a unique experience you can’t find anywhere else. Blue Ladies members will receive a personalized membership kit, monthly newsletters, invitations to attend private member-only events, volunteer opportunities and much more! Join the Blue Ladies today and meet new friends of all ages that share a common bond through their passion and enthusiasm for their favorite NFL team, the Indianapolis Colts! To learn more about the Blue Ladies or to join today, visit www.colts.com/blueladies.
The Blue Ladies is proudly presented by Circle Centre Mall, RevolutionEYES and B105.7.
Tags: blue evening, blue ladies
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