Nearly all of the Colts players have returned to the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center and while the conditioning and learning of new faces/schemes dominated the news on Wednesday afternoon, a few players offered what they did during their time away.
Center Samson Satele
Satele went back to his home state of Hawaii and took a trip to the wilderness to do some hiking with his wife.
“We did three hikes in Hawaii. It’s fun. As soon as you get to the top, it all pays off because then you get the view. I’ve lived there my entire life but this was my first time I ever went hiking.”
Safety Joe Lefeged
Growing up in colder climates his entire life, Lefeged got away from an unfriendly winter and ventured down to the Bahamas.
“It was my first time out of the states and the weather was beautiful. Coming from the Indiana weather and then back to the Maryland weather, the winters are pretty rough so getting away a bit felt good.”
Inside Linebacker Pat Angerer
A foot injury kept Angerer in Indianapolis for the offseason but the fourth-year linebacker made the most of his time at home with his one-and-a-half-year-old son, Cael.
“I was here all offseason just hanging with my boy. I think that’s the best part about this sport. You have three months off just to spend time off with your son, your wife and your family. I’m very lucky and fortunate to have that.”
Tight End Dwayne Allen
Allen had little time to rest after a record-setting rookie campaign. The former Clemson tight end has been bouncing around between Indiana and South Carolina trying to finish up his final 13 credits.
“I’m actually going back this weekend so I’m going to miss a couple days next week, but it’s one of my priorities this offseason to get that degree. It is tough because you try your hardest to stay up on your academics and also on your training so you don’t lose your job. But I set my graduating as a priority this offseason so it was important to me.”
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Tarik Glenn, the club’s first-round pick in the 1997 draft, will have a role in this year’s draft.
Glenn, the 19th overall selection in his draft, will announce the Colts’ third-round choice on Friday, April 26, the second day of the three-day selection process.
The NFL started the program in 2011 where a former player for each team will step to the podium at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City to identify his club’s selection. Marvin Harrison and Jeff Herrod performed the duty the past two seasons.
As it stands now, Glenn will announce who Indianapolis will take with the 86th overall pick. After having the 24th pick in the draft, the Colts do not have a second round pick.
The 2013 NFL Draft will continue the three-day format introduced in 2010, with the first three rounds broadcast in primetime at 8:00 pm ET on Thursday, April 25 and 6:30 pm ET on Friday, April 26, and concluding with Rounds 4-7 on Saturday, April 27 at 12:00 pm ET.
The NFL Draft will be broadcast on NFL Network and ESPN/ESPN2. Fans also may watch the live NFL Network stream on NFL Mobile from Verizon.
1997 (First-round pick, No. 19 overall)
Played 1997-2006, GAMES STARTED/PLAYED – 154/154
Notes: Mainstay at LT who started 154 games and missed but six outings in 11 seasons. Served through many seasons where line set franchise records for fewest sacks allowed per attempts. Blocked for 1,000-yard rushers Marshall Faulk, Edgerrin James and Joseph Addai and was a member of seven offenses with a 4,000-yard passer and 1,000-yard rushers and receivers, the most by one franchise in history. Three-time Pro Bowler.
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Pat Summerall never suited up for the Colts, but his fabulous playing and broadcasting career certainly intersected the franchise.
Summerall kicked for the New York Giants in the 1958 and 1959 NFL Championship games won by the Colts (23-17 in overtime in 1958; 31-16 in 1959).
When the Colts were in Super Bowls III and V, NBC broadcast the games and by the time the club reached Super Bowls XLI and XLIV, Summerall had retired.
Summerall, who passed away yesterday in Dallas at age 82, did a handful of games with John Madden for FOX Sports as Indianapolis started piecing together a marvelous run around the 1999 season.
I asked him once around that time how long it had been since he had seen the club play in person. He responded, “My gosh, it was Super Bowl V.”
Summerall worked for networks that traditionally did not cover the AFC extensively and to have him assigned to a game meant the Colts were doing well or were playing a premier cross-conference foe, like Dallas, Washington or San Francisco.
Once covering one of our preseason games, Summerall announced the starting defensive line at the lead of the broadcast. With his cadence, inflection, rich tone and pause, he made those four Colts sound like they were bound for Canton.
A day before we hosted the Cowboys on November 17, 2002, Summerall told me the game would be the 1,004th broadcast of his career. Overnight, we worked up a scoreboard tribute to him and flashed it up during the game. Typically, our classy fans rose and applauded one of the true legends who helped shape the sport.
Summerall enjoyed his visits to Indianapolis. He quite likely enjoyed every moment he had around the game, and did he have some moments.
Summerall was on 16 Super Bowl broadcasts, among many other CBS and FOX assignments.
Some football fans remember him being paired with Tom Brookshier, though most probably associate him better with John Madden. Regardless of his on-air partner, Summerall provided the soundtrack for many cherished broadcast calls.
Summerall’s last Super Bowl call has a somewhat-related Colts tie. He was covering Super Bowl XXXVI for FOX in February of 2002.
Adam Vinatieri hit a game-ending 48-yard field goal as New England beat St. Louis, 20-17. It was the first time a Super Bowl ended with a game-winning scoring play.
His call was quintessential Summerall, “It’s right down the pipe. No time on the clock. And the Patriots have won Super Bowl XXXVI. Unbelievable.”
Summerall checked in from time-to-time after retiring. He felt a connection to the Colts because of Tony Dungy and the faithful way in which Dungy lived. It made a tremendous impression on him.
Those calls were fun interruptions to a work day. You never wanted them to end, and usually they lasted about 15 minutes. He did most of the talking. I was smart enough to shut up and listen to a legend.
He always said at the end of the call, “Say hi to Tony, and Peyton.”
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Between now and the beginning of the NFL Draft (April 25), Colts.com will take an offseason look at each of the Colts 2013 opponents. The sixth installment comes today with the St. Louis Rams:
St. Louis Rams 2013 Offseason:
2012 Season: 7-8-1 regular season. Finished 3rd in the NFC West.
Key Offseason Additions: TE-Jared Cook, OT-Jake Long
Key Offseason Losses: WR-Danny Amendola (Patriots), RB-Steven Jackson, S-Quintin Mikell, WR-Steve Smith (Buccaneers)
2013 Draft Picks: 1-16, 1-22, 2-46, 3-78, 4-113, 5-149, 6-184, 7-222
Analysis: Jeff Fisher’s first season as Rams head coach was full of ups and downs. The Rams started off 3-2, dropped four of their next five contests (with one tie) and then closed out the campaign winning five of seven.
From a quantity standpoint, the Rams did not make a ton of noise in free agency but they did add two headliners. Former Titans tight end Jared Cook is very familiar to Colts fans and he will provide St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford a reliable target down the middle of the field. Jake Long will be a mainstay protecting the blindside of Bradford.
St. Louis will have to replace its top running back and receiver. After having four picks in the first two rounds of last year’s draft, the Rams once again are frontloaded with picks on the first two days of next week’s draft. The Rams have first round picks at 16 and 22 and numerous mock drafts have St. Louis going receiver and safety with those selections.
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