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Colts Fan Fest: New Albany

Posted by on June 29, 2012 – 12:11 pm

After leaving Princeton Wednesday evening, the crew headed to Evansville to spend the night before an early morning departure to New Albany for our second Fan Fest of the week. We enjoyed a wonderful continental breakfast Thursday morning before filling up the cars with gas and loading the coolers with plenty of Gatorade and water to stay hydrated throughout the day. It’s a good thing we did because temperatures reached above 100 degrees and staying hydrated was crucial. Thanks to the Indiana Blood Center who came out to the event to supply fans with water throughout the day!

Record breaking temperatures couldn’t stop these Colts fans from visiting our Fan Fest. Official “Super Fan” Brent Keane waited in the front of the line to get a few more autographs on his signature-filled football. “I’ve got all sorts of players – past and present – that signed this ball. I’m looking forward to getting a few more,” said Keane.

Even Blue came out to take part in the fun. Dancing around and tossing the football, Blue made sure fans were entertained while they waited. I saw one little Colts fan jumping up and down yelling, “Blue! Blue! Blue!”

Colts fan Emma came to the Fan Fest wearing her favorite Colts jersey and blue hair ribbon with a Colts football in hand. Emma, who turns seven in two days, was most excited to meet the cheerleaders. Her mom and baby brother were also excited to get some autographs from the players because the Colts are “daddy’s favorite team!” I suggested to Mom that a trip to Anderson for training camp later this summer would be an excellent belated birthday present. I hope you can make to camp, Emma!

Jerraud Powers and Cassius Vaughn also braved the heat to meet their fans in New Albany. “These fans spend their hard-earned money to come watch us play during the year so it’s great that we can come to see them at Fan Fests,” said Powers.

“It’s an awesome opportunity for us to connect with our fans. We don’t get to do that often.”

New Albany mayor Jeff Gahann stopped by the Fan Fest to show his appreciation for the Colts coming to the city. “It’s so exciting that you guys are here! Despite the heat, we’re so glad you’re here in New Albany. There’s a lot of Colts fans here in the city!” said Gahann.

Gahann complimented the band, Free Fallin’, that played for fans throughout the event. He also filled us in on some restaurants to stop by on our way out of town. I told him I’d be fine eating at any restaurant as long as there was air conditioning. I’m pretty easy to please.

New Albany resident Kevin Fetz was busy taking photos throughout the event. In fact, he even came early. “I was determined to get here an hour before the Fan Fest. I wanted to make sure I could get autographs! It might be hot out, but I wouldn’t miss it!” said Fetz.

Fortunately, Tiny didn’t melt in the intense heat. In fact, I think he enjoyed looking over the event with a view of the Ohio River in the background. When we finally had packed away the last inflatable, closed the doors on Colts In Motion and dumped the melted ice from the coolers it was tempting not to make a run for it and jump into the river. Instead of running to the river, we jumped in the cars and blasted the AC. This was probably a much better decision in the long run.

New Albany fans, you all are awesome! One fan summed it up perfectly as he was leaving: “It might be warm out, but it’s worth it to be here.” Thanks for making Thursday’s Fan Fest a successful event despite the scorching heat.

Tiny and I will be taking a break from the road next week, but don’t worry, we’ll be in Terre Haute Wednesday, July 11th.  Fans, get ready – I want to see some crazy Colts spirit!

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Colts Fan Fest: Princeton

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Bright and early Wednesday morning, the Colts caravan rolled out of the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center and headed south to Princeton, Ind. The whole crew was on the road for this trip, from our interns in community relations to ticket sales, as well as youth football and sponsorship sales. No one wanted to miss this Fan Fest!

Three hours later, we finally arrived at the Toyota plant in Princeton. I couldn’t believe how massive the place was! Before we started to set up for the event, some of us took a tour of the plant’s Visitor Center. We met Joanie who told us some interesting facts about Toyota. One fun fact being that the man who started the Toyota company was actually named “Toyoda.” However, in the Japanese language the letter D is made with eight strokes and eight is an unlucky number. The company changed the D to T and hasn’t looked back since. Joanie and I both agreed that the T looks much better anyways.

Soon after that, the inflatables were inflated, Colts In Motion was open for business, Free Fallin’ was warming up tunes like Won’t Back Down and American Girl and the players were en route to the event. The dynamic duo of Pat Angerer and Kavell Conner made their second appearance of the summer at Wednesday’s Fan Fest. Two fan favorites, these guys love having fun with Colts fans.

“It’s just always so great to see how many fans want to support you, even during the summer,” said Conner. “It’s awesome to be able to interact with the fans at events like these.”

The fans in Princeton did not disappoint. High temperatures and waiting in line on asphalt didn’t deter these COLTSTRONG fans. From the Toyota workers who came out and waited in their hard hats to the kids who ran up and down the slide for two hours, anyone and everyone came out to meet the Colts.

Corbin, Rilen and Landon were excited because one of their cousins was a cheerleader at the Fan Fest. Corbin said to me: “I know Stephanie! I know one of the cheerleaders!” While Corbin was excited to see his cousin, he also couldn’t wait to get out of line to play in the inflatables. Corbin did have one very important question for me. “So what exactly does that big blow up guy do?” Assuming he was talking about my good friend Tiny, I explained that Tiny oversees all of our Colts Fan Fests to make sure everyone has a good time. I think Corbin was satisfied with the answer, although a little disappointed Tiny wasn’t a bounce house or slide that he could jump around in.

It was great to see all of the Toyota workers that were able to take a break from working to come check out the Fan Fest. Even the company president showed up to meet the Colts! Michelle Jackson, a Public Affairs manager at the plant, was very excited the Colts were able to visit. “It’s so great that the Colts could come to us because not everyone down here can always get up to them,” said Jackson. “And it’s especially great that we can do this for our Toyota team members here at the plant.”

Crowds lingered until the very end of the event, but soon after the fun began it was time to tear down and pack up for the next one. Thanks for the fun time, Princeton! I hope we’re able to come back to visit next year. And as for you all at the Toyota plant, we’re so glad you’re the “Official Vehicle of the Indianapolis Colts!”

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Colts Fan Fest: Rushville

Posted by on June 26, 2012 – 3:01 pm

It was another extremely warm day when we arrived in Rushville at Riverside Park for Saturday’s Fan Fest. But when has a little heat and humidity stopped us before? With Tiny riding shotgun in our caravan, we drove down the winding gravel road only to be greeted like rock stars by the staff members from the park. “Feel free to make yourselves at home in the green room!” one of the staff members told us. Green room?! Ok, I think I can handle this celebrity treatment.

Little did we know that we would be sharing the green room with Free Fallin’, one of the best Tom Petty tribute bands in the area. One of the band members even offered us VIP passes to the show later in the evening. However, because we’re always so busy during the Fan Fest we had to decline his offer. I hope some lucky Colts fan was able to enjoy the VIP experience!

Rushville is the smallest city that our Fan Fest has visited this summer, but this community is definitely not lacking in Colts spirit. Fans spilled in from all directions decked out in their favorite Colts gear. Several fans waited in line to purchase a new jersey for the upcoming season. I listened to one young fan give a very convincing argument to his parents as to why he needed a new Andrew Luck jersey. “But Dad, he’s my favorite player! I need it!”

Colts Rookie, Dwayne Allen, took in his first experience meeting Colts fans at the Rushville Fan Fest event. “I’ve never been to Rushville, but these fans seem like they love the Colts. It’s cool to see that they’re just as eager for football season to start,” said Allen.

Allen gave a shout out to the Rushville community through Twitter later in the evening with his tweet, “…Awesome town with great fans!”

I was especially excited to visit Rushville because my family decided to come out for the event! My parents, grandfather and aunt all came to the Fan Fest. They claim that they were there to visit with me, but I think they were more excited about registering to win free tickets and getting some autographs. I tried to convince my dad to take a trip down the inflatable slide or at least spend a few minutes inside the bounce house, but he wasn’t feeling it. That would’ve made for the perfect Kodak moment.

By the time I talked to Michelle and Tom Richardson and their son Adam they had endured the heat for more than an hour, but they weren’t planning on leaving anytime soon. Adam went to a Colts game a few seasons ago with tickets he won from a radio contest. “His dad and I are hoping his luck will rub off on us, and we’ll win some tickets from the register-to-win!” said Michelle.

The field goal challenge was a huge hit with the fans. Anyone and everyone took their turn at the tee. Even fellow Colts intern Ally tried to see if she could make it through the posts. While she gave it a valiant effort, after coming off a hip surgery a few months ago, her leg strength wasn’t quite there.

What a fun way to end a busy week of Fan Fests! With two of our favorite players, the inflatables, the Pro Shop, Colts In Motion and of course, Tiny, we went all out for our Rushville fans. Thank you, Rushville fans for coming out to show your Colts spirit. We know that we can count on you to be COLTSTRONG this season!

We’ll be back on the road again this week with Tiny leading the way down to Princeton Wednesday and New Albany Thursday. We’re excited to meet some crazy Colts fans down in Southern Indiana!

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High School Football: 7-on-7 Championship Preview

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 2:35 pm

Eagles-Spartans Battle for National Tournament Spot

Every team eyes an opportunity to get together as a unit and improve as a team. That is what the Indianapolis Colts and Indiana National Guard offered 64 high school teams across the state of Indiana over the past two weekends.

64 teams had the opportunity to represent the Indianapolis Colts in the NFL High School Player Development 7-on-7 National Tournament in July, and now only two teams.

The Heritage Christian Eagles were the champions of the South Regional Tournament June 16th, and the Homestead Spartans were crowned the North Regional Champs Saturday June 23rd. Now both teams will battle Tuesday night for the state championship but more importantly the bid to the NFL HSPD National 7-on-7 Tournament.

In 7-on-7, there are no running plays allowed, which means teams are forced to throw the football and test their respective skilled position players. Both Heritage Christian and Homestead had their teams tested already in their regionals but those players get an even bigger test in the championship game.

Looking at the Eagles, it all starts and ends with Prime Time 25 wide receiver and safety Anthony Warrum who complied 1,268 receiving yards along with 15 touchdown receptions, but also captured 3 interceptions along with 30 solo tackles during the 2011 season

Homestead on the other hand has a plethora of options for quarterback Alec Hamman. One of the top receivers in the state is senior wide receiver Isaac Griffith. Last season, Griffith racked up 1,112 receiving yards along with 22 touchdown receptions.

Even though Griffith gets most of the attention, his counterparts take full advantage of him getting that attention. Connor Houser had a big day Saturday afternoon for the Spartans as well. Kam Hladish earned the Army Values Award. 

As with any 7-on-7 game, whichever defense can make more big plays will win the game, especially between two teams like the Eagles and Spartans. Everyone knows about their weapons on offense, so both teams will put points on the board.

Knowing that both offenses will put up points due to their great caliber, it is important for the defenses to stay strong and focused and come up with the game changing stop or interception.

Tuesday night will be an exciting game between two teams that are both worthy of representing the Indianapolis Colts, but only one will be able to move on and have the great opportunity come July.

The Championship game is tonight at the Indiana Farm Bauru Football Center and be sure to check back to for complete coverage on tonight’s game!

Luke Martin

My Indiana Football Reporter

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Colts Fan Fest: Kokomo

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The Beach Boys said it best when they sang “There’s a place called Kokomo. That’s where you wanna go to get away from it all.” Tiny, myself and the rest of the Colts crew spent last Friday enjoying the sights and sounds of Kokomo, Ind. at our third Fan Fest of the summer.

Before we arrived at our Fan Fest location, we stopped at our FAVORITE Jimmy John’s restaurant. Randall, our FAVORITE Jimmy John’s employee greeted us like regulars. We practically are considering we’ve stopped to eat at the Kokomo JJ’s twice in one week. I’m not complaining!

When we finally reached our Fan Fest location, it was go time. At this point in the summer the Colts intern staff works like a well-oiled machine. We strive for extreme efficiency while setting up for each Fan Fest. Despite a few twisted inflatables and the big, bad Tiny becoming tangled with some tree limbs, things went off without a hitch.

I met with a few fans while they waited for the players and cheerleaders to arrive. Sue, one of Kokomo’s biggest fans stood at the front of the line eager to meet Justin Snow and Joe Reitz. Sue endured the heat all afternoon waiting in the park while we set up for the event. Once the traveling Colts Pro Shop arrived, Sue was first in line to get some shopping done. “I bought some cute Colts earrings to send to one of my best friends in Utah. She cheers for the Colts all the way out there!” said Sue.

Finally, the Colts players and cheerleaders arrived on stage and the fun began! Both Reitz and Snow have traveled throughout Indiana this summer to meet Colts fans. Reitz, who signed autographs in LaPorte last Wednesday, was extremely impressed with how the crowds turned out again in Kokomo.

“It’s awesome to see this amount of support from our fans in Kokomo,” said Reitz. “This is what it’s all about.”

Curt, Stephanie, their two children Kendall and Bryce were all very excited to meet the players and take part in the rest of the Fan Fest fun. Kendall and Bryce informed me that they had never been to a Colts game. “But it is my birthday in four days!” said Bryce. Mom and Dad, I think he was directing this toward you. Don’t you think a trip down to Lucas Oil for a game this season would make for the perfect birthday present? – – You’re welcome, Bryce!

So what was the highlight of the Kokomo Fan Fest? The famous Daisy the Derby Duck showed up to meet some of her favorite Colts players! Daisy is with the Samaritan Caregivers, an organization affiliated with the United Way that helps care for elderly citizens in the community. Daisy was able to get her picture taken with Reitz and Snow before mingling with the rest of the Kokomo Colts fans. I think the players were just as excited to meet Kokomo’s famous duck as she was to meet them.

When it was finally time to deflate the bounce house, fans drifted over to the concert stage to listen to the Legendary Poco perform some of their famous hits. The Colts crew was even able to enjoy some tunes while we packed away the stage, tents and Tiny, of course.

Kokomo Colts fans, thanks for welcoming us to your town. You all are awesome! Braving the heat and long lines, I can tell this city loves the Colts just as much as Tiny and I do. If the Beach Boys are singing about how amazing your city is, then you know you’re big time. I mean, it’s the only place they want to go! Thanks for the fun times, Kokomo!

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Rookies head to the links to perfect their golf game

Posted by coltsindianapolis on June 25, 2012 – 7:12 pm

By Brooks Busch

The thought of a 300-pound NFL offensive linemanswinging a golf club is certainly not one that will invoke thoughts of gracefulness or perfection. However, the 2012 Colts rookie class took to the Golf Club of Indiana in Zionsville on Monday to prove that NFL players, no matter how big, can hold their own on the golf course.

For many of the players, Monday marked the first time that any had taken an interest in the game of golf.Steven Baker was one of many who had very little experience with the sport, but developed an interest in the game after getting a small taste.

“Honestly, I took a lesson yesterday. I’ve got a friend who took me out. We went out on the golf course and I learned the basics,” said Baker of any prior golf experience. “Golf is surprisingly a lot more fun than it looks on TV. It is something fun to do, especially with the guys.”

Similar to Baker, the extent of Andrew Luck’s golf experience was limited, but that did not stop the first overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft from showing off his natural athletic ability. Within a few shots of arriving at the course Luck lined-up an attempt from 20 feet away and sunk it straight into the hole after striking the middle of the flagstick.

“I was lucky,” said Luck. “I am not going to act like I was trying to bounce it in off the flagpole. But it happened, and I will definitely take it.”

Luck’s abilities on the football field are undeniable, and for a beginning golfer his talent and athleticismproved to translate onto the golf course immediately.Now, with a little bit more time on his hands, he hopes to work on honing his leisure activity skills.

“Absolutely. It is a lot of fun,” said Luck about the prospect of playing more golf. “Hopefully I can fit it in and try to get better and learn a new craft.”

With the conclusion of Monday’s golf outing, the Colts rookies will have one more day until they are finished with offseason workouts until training camp. Baker will use his time away from football to return home and visit with family before the grind of his first NFL season begins.

“I am going back home, because I’ve got a family and a little boy,” said Baker. “So I am going back home to see my son. I will train back at home, but probably try to come back to Indianapolis a little bit early.”

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Rookie class wraps up week at the Indianapolis Zoo

Posted by Kevin Bowen on June 22, 2012 – 8:07 pm

Members of the Colts rookie class observe an orangutan Friday afternoon at the Indianapolis Zoo.

Within sight of their future home turf, the Colts 2012 rookie class took in another sight of Indianapolis on Friday afternoon.

The Indianapolis Zoo welcomed the rookie class for a few hours on Friday afternoon as the players got a behind the scenes look at many of the most popular exhibits.

For a majority of the players, a trip to the zoo brought back some childhood memories of attending their local zoos.

“This is something I haven’t done since I was little and I’m sure a lot of the other guys haven’t had the time to go to a zoo so it was nice to get out and interact with the animals,” tight end Dwayne Allen said.

“The staff was very appreciative of us coming out here and we were very appreciative of them for having us.”

Players were able to pet penguins, take part in interacting with dolphins used during live shows and get up close and personal with some orangutans.

Even the 6’4”, 255 pound Allen was impressed by the size and IQ of many of the animals.

“My favorite part was definitely visiting the orangutans,” Allen said. “To see them up close and how strong and big they are, and all there human characteristics was pretty cool.”

The trip to the zoo was the fourth different visit the rookie class has made around Indianapolis this week and Allen said he believes the class feels very comfortable around each other.

“They call it ‘rookie development/rookie engagement’ and we’ve spent a lot of time together getting to know each other’s personalities and that’s only going to help us grow closer, not only on the field but off the field as well,” Allen said.

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Taking a break from the daily grind of the NFL to remember childhood pleasures

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 4:42 pm

By Brooks Busch, Colts

On a beautiful, sunny day in Central Indiana, the 2012 rookie class for the Indianapolis Colts showed that behind the rough and tough exterior of every NFL player, even the biggest, fastest and strongest men on the planet can still enjoy and appreciate a day that takes them back to their childhood.

For rookie wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, the opportunity to take a step back from the whirlwind that is life in the NFL was one that afforded him the chance to unwind and have fun with teammates.

“It was really nice to get away,” said Hilton. “(Director of Player Engagement) David Thornton always finds things for us to do, and it is better for us rookies to stay together as a class with the Colts. It was nice to get away from football and to just relax your mind and play with the animals.”

The Indianapolis Zoo put forth its best foot on Friday in playing host to the young, fresh faces that have been added to the Colts roster, as they supplied the team with a behind-the-scenes look into what makes the zoo such a popular destination for residents across the state.

One of the major attractions throughout the day was the orangutan exhibit. Enamored with the opportunity to watch and interact with the orangutans, just as a child on his first visit to the zoo, Hilton and his teammates were captivated by the primates.

“They were great,” said Hilton. “They understood English just like us. It was pretty cool to see them get the gum out of the wrapper with their mouth and give us back the wrapper.”

For each rookie, a trip to the Indianapolis Zoo gave them the opportunity to see what the city of Indianapolis is all about. From the residents that help provide the state with a friendly environment to the care and quality applied to each popular destination, the city of Indianapolis certainly makes up for its lack of size with a sense of pride and ingenuity.

Fellow rookie wide receiver LaVon Brazill has found the city to be every bit as amiable as he hoped it would be, and grown even more excited about what his future in Indianapolis may hold.

“I can see myself being in Indianapolis for a very long time,” said Brazill. “I am ready to adjust to the city and I can’t wait to be out here in the community.”

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Colts Fan Fest: LaPorte

Posted by on – 10:26 am

Wednesday was a big day for Tiny and the rest of the Colts marketing crew as we headed three hours north to LaPorte, Ind., home of the Slicers. What exactly is a Slicer? I’m still not exactly sure, but I do know that the Slicers showed up in full force for Wednesday’s Fan Fest.

While we managed to entertain ourselves throughout the lengthy car ride with various “Call Me Maybe” remixes and some old school rap jams, we all felt a little sluggish by the time we arrived at LaPorte High School. However, there were several volunteers ready to help when we began to set up for the event. Water, crowd control, you name it: these Colts fans were ready to step in wherever the need may be. Thank you, volunteers!

I met with some fans while they waited in line to visit with our sponsors, register to win free tickets, sign up for one of the Colts Official Fan Clubs and most importantly, meet the Colts players and cheerleaders. There were blue wigs, countless Colts jerseys and even a man sporting his Colts pajama pants.

Avery, a six-year-old from LaPorte, waited in line prior to the gates opening so he could show off his fresh blue Mohawk to some of his favorite Colts players. Avery remembered traveling down to Lucas Oil Stadium to watch a Colts game a few years ago. “I’m not sure who the Colts played, but I know that we won!” While his semi-permanent hair color may not last until the season starts, Avery assured me that he’ll still be cheering for the Colts come September when we kick off the regular season against the Bears.

Finally, a limo arrived with the cheerleaders and a bright red helicopter swarmed over the field carrying Colts players, Pat McAfee and Joe Reitz. Fans cheered and pointed to the sky, barely containing their excitement.

Reitz said, “They’ve really rolled out the red carpet for us here in LaPorte. It’s great to see how excited the fans are for Colts football even three hours north of Indianapolis.”

Colts punter, Pat McAfee welcomed all of the fans to Wednesday’s Fan Fest and thanked them all for their support. McAfee said, “Colts fans are the BEST fans.” But we already knew that, right?!

Before McAfee and Reitz had even signed their first autograph, the line stretched throughout the football field and out into the parking lot. Fans endured the long wait in the scorching sun with live music from the Jai Baker Band and competing for t-shirts tossed from our very own, Blue.

Colts fans Stephanie and Brandon stood at the end of the line, but they didn’t care how long the wait was. “We’re here because we love the Colts!” said Stephanie. “Who knows, maybe we’ll even win some free tickets while we’re here!”

Our good friend, Tiny (a 30’ inflatable mascot, in case you haven’t met him), welcomed kids of all ages to our Play 60 zone that included the Colts bounce house and inflatable slide. Colts fan Brock told me he was so “COLTSTRONG” that he could tackle Tiny to the ground.  While Brock aced the quarterback challenge and sped through the drills in the Play 60 zone, he was only a little more than three feet tall, compared to Tiny standing at 30 feet tall. However, when you’re “the strongest kid at the Fan Fest” you can do anything you set your mind to.

It was obvious that fun was had by all that attended the LaPorte Fan Fest. By the time the sun began to set and the line finally started to dwindle, the helicopter was swirling above the field waiting to take McAfee and Reitz back to Indianapolis.

McAfee tweeted to his followers that it was his first time riding in a helicopter. I’ve never ridden in a helicopter either so I’m hoping that they’ll consider allowing Tiny and I to ride down in a chopper of our own to our next Fan Fest event.

Before leaving the Fan Fest, Reitz showed his appreciation for the hundreds of Colts fans that came out to the event. “We’re nothing without our fans,” he said.

Although it was a little warm outside, it was nothing a cold bottle of water couldn’t fix. Thank you to the LaPorte High School cheerleading squad who spent their evening making sure fans stayed hydrated!  I had a great time getting to meet our fans that cheer on the Colts from nearly 150 miles away. We’re glad we could bring some Colts blue spirit up north!

Get ready, Kokomo – we’re headed to you Friday! And Rushville – we’re coming your way Saturday!

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Colts rookies dine at St. Elmo Steak House

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 10:13 am

When it comes to eating steak, Josh Chapman feels right at home.

Chapman, the Colts fifth round draft pick, was in his comfort zone on Thursday night as he and the 2012 rookie class headed down to St. Elmo Steak House to experience one of the most iconic restaurants in Indianapolis.

The evening included a brief etiquette eating class, which preceded the steak-filled dinner.

“I love steak,” Chapman said. “I’ve had plenty of steaks in my life but this was probably the best I’ve ever had. It won’t be the last time I come here.”

It was the first time Chapman had been to the famed restaurant but the partnership between the steak house and Colts players dates back almost 30 years.

Co-Proprietor Craig Huse welcomed the rookie class to St. Elmo on Thursday evening and hopes the connection between the two continues for years to come.

“To have the players here in their first week or so in Indianapolis is great for us to be able to introduce them to this restaurant, which is such an important piece of Indianapolis,” Huse said.

The past week has been about the Colts rookie class getting acquainted with their new hometown.

Near the end of the dinner on Thursday, the camaraderie between the first-year players could easily be seen as the players were joking back and forth between each other.

“It’s just a process of being a rookie,” Chapman said. “We are all rookies and we got to have some type of fun by bonding with each other.”

The rookies will get some time away from each other starting next week before gathering for their first ever NFL training camp on July 28th.

With all different storylines and from all over the country, the rookie class is slowly turning from a group of individuals becoming a single, cohesive unit.

“It’s about being one,” Chapman. “You have to be one strong family and that’s what we are always preaching.”

Come September, Colts fans will once again fill the Illinois Street restaurant to watch that family start a new chapter.

“That’s what is great for Colts fans too, they can feel comfortable coming in here in jerseys pregame, postgame and not feel like they are in an intimidating atmosphere,” Huse said. “It’s very comfortable for everyone.”

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