Ryan Grigson likely never sleeps.
In his first year with the Colts, Grigson pulled off more than 250 transactions. He plucked talent from the AFL, IFL, UFL and CFL.
The IFL featured eight players per side who clashed on a 50-yard field. Tight end Dominique Jones was Grigson’s find from that league.
On the near eve of training camp, Grigson has mined new fields, signing rookie linebacker Daniel Adongo – a now-former rugby player.
“We are excited as an organization with the acquisition of Daniel Adongo,” said Grigson. “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. We all look forward to watching his growth and development in the ensuing weeks.”
Adongo, 6-5, 257 pounds, is a 23-year-old Kenyan national who most recently played for the Southern Kings of Super 15 Rugby, the highest level of pro rugby in the world. Previously, he played in the 2012 Varsity Cup for the University of Pretoria Tuks and is currently working towards earning his degree from the school. In 2011, Adongo was signed by the Vodacom Blue Bulls, but was released from his contact after six months to join the New Zealand ITM Cup team Counties Manukau.
Adongo graduated from Strathmore High School (Nairobi, Kenya) in 2006 and attended the University of South Africa the following year. He also attended the Sharks Academy, a rugby academy accredited by South African Rugby, and made his senior debut in the 2010 Vodacom Cup. In addition, Adongo played for the Kenya Harlequins junior team before going on to play for Kenya’s U-18 and U-19 national teams.
Given Grigson’s track record, Adongo may have a shot. If so, Colts fans have related experience, too.
In 1995, Marcus Pollard hit town. He never had played football – only basketball. Even when he was inside the training complex, Pollard did not know what his future held.
When a physician asked what position he played, Pollard responded classically, “I don’t know.”
Pollard had a great Colts career at tight end, finishing with 263 receptions and 35 touchdowns for the Colts and playing 13 years in the league.
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A move made by Jacksonville recently may have gone unnoticed by Colts fans – the Jaguars hired former Colts tight end Marcus Pollard to oversee Player Development and Youth Football.
What a solid move by a divisional foe.
I know Marcus was one of the most popular Colts ever, and I would think he is loved universally by those who follow the Horseshoe.
Marcus came to the Colts on the scouting tip from a part-time personnel man named Ken Geiger. Geiger, who worked under Bill Tobin, saw Marcus play basketball at Bradley. Geiger liked Pollard’s athletic ability and thought he might have a football future.
Geiger was right.
When a trainer giving Marcus a physical before he signed asked him what position he played, Pollard said, “I don’t know.”
After opening 1995 on the practice squad, he later appeared in eight games. By 1996, he was at home at tight end. Pollard’s first career reception that year went 48 yards for a score. He bowled over about six Dallas players on the way to the end zone in a great 25-24 comeback win.
Pollard played in 146 games with the Colts, starting 102 from 1995-2004. He caught 263 passes for 3,391 yards and 35 touchdowns.
After leaving the Colts, Pollard played in Detroit (2005-06), Seattle (2007) and Atlanta (one game, 2008). He appeared in 192 career games, catching 349 passes for 4,280 yards and 40 scores – stupendous totals for a player whose first taste of football came at its highest level.
Pollard’s 13-year career was a testament to his ability – Geiger was spot on. His ability to thrive in the NFL beyond the playing field is a testament to the person.
Each NFL team employs a staff member who helps advise current players how to prosper outside the field’s border. David Thornton is that person with the Colts.
Pollard and Thornton were teammates from 2002-04 with the Colts. They were components that helped the team go 10-6, 12-4 and 12-4 while making the playoffs all three years and reaching the AFC Championship game in 2003.
Colts players know they can take to the bank any advice Thornton gives. Jaguars players will find the same true of Pollard. Players in both franchises would do well to model themselves after the examples Thornton and Pollard provide.
Speaking for many Colts fans, all the best, Marcus. A familiar face is aligned with a staunch foe, but Marcus always represented the Colts and Indianapolis well.
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