Components almost too many to number helped make Indianapolis a rousing success as it hosted Super Bowl XLVI.
Those who visited the city came away with a deep appreciation for the local acuity and spirit that positioned Indianapolis and surrounding areas alongside the 13 previous Super Bowl sites and ahead of most of them.
Local organizers had 8,000 volunteers who invested 150,000 hours in the planning and implementation of Super Bowl XLVI.
Then-Governor Mitch Daniels lauded the efforts that spanned the state he led, mentioning the “seasoned” nature of volunteers who helped rev the engine.
One outstanding memento from the event came back to mind today when reading a local article written by Allison Melangton about the passing of a true Hoosier hero.
Bev Meska of Michigan City displayed the warm human touch that makes the words “Hoosier Hospitality” much more than a phrase.
Meska, then 81, personally knitted 250 Super Scarves that were among the hoped-for 8,000 that would be given to volunteers and provided to many visitors – including both participating teams.
Melangton wrote the Meska was not necessarily a football fan and likely had not watched many previous Super Bowls, yet she wanted to do her part to represent her state.
Like all who knitted the keepsakes, she included a hand-written note to provide background on the scarf. In the note, she thanked recipients for selflessly volunteering to make Super Bowl XLVI a success.
When the project started, Meska, who started knitting at age 16, didn’t know how 8,000 would be produced. Knitting 10 Super Scarves was her goal, and her heart took her the rest of the way.
Bev was not alone. The final tally of scarves made was 13,024, with scarves being made from 45 states, Washington D.C and four different countries (Canada, England, South Africa and Belgium) once word of the project spread.
What was a special time for Indianapolis came because of the efforts of many wonderful people.
Bev Meska was one of those people, and she passed away on May 11.
Melangton wrote that Bev left behind a true legacy.
Indiana is a poorer place without Bev in it. Her example is found in many residents of this great state, and learning her story and admiring her heart needs to be remembered and celebrated.
Bev, thank you.
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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 five pieces from Monday, May 20th
By: Will Brinson, CBS Sports
After the Colts rookies got to experience the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday afternoon, their head coach followed suit on Saturday.
Chuck Pagano took in one of the most iconic stadiums in all of sports and was even able to ride around the historic track with Mario Andretti.
“It’s one of those bucket list deals you check off,” Pagano said via Fox 59 in Indy. “It’s one of those things you’d never thought you would have a chance to do.”
“Unbelievable, exhilarating,” Pagano said. “The speeds, the excitement of sitting behind Mario Andretti, the all-time great. It was just fabulous.”
By: Peter King, Sports Illustrated
It might be the offseason, but King’s Monday Morning Quarterbacks is still a must read.
In this week’s entry he takes a look at New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and the comment the All-Pro signal caller made which will surely make a few heads turn around the NFL.
“Going into my 14th year, I have never had more confidence in how I am throwing the football. I’ve never felt better throwing the football.”
As far as Colts fans go, the good news is the Patriots and Colts aren’t on the schedule for the first time since the 2002 season.
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The names and stories are all over the Colts locker room.
There’s Jerrell Freeman who turned three years in the Canadian Football League into setting a Colts season record in tackles last season.
Further down the wall of lockers is Justin Hickman who’s roots also extend into the CFL.
Jeremy Kelley knows those names and Ryan Grigson’s pedigree for exploring all options in completing a full roster was something that intrigued the 6-6, 225-pound wide receiver to sign with the Colts.
“Once I get here, I find out that there’s a couple of more guys that were under the radar type guys that took the road less traveled,” Kelley said.
“It’s a good feeling to see some familiar faces but also at the same time they believe in those guys. Those guys do have a shot. It’s proof and I believe that I’m one of those guys that just had to go through the ringer to get to where I’m at.”
With the frame of a slender tight end, Kelley brings something to the receiver position that hasn’t been seen in Indianapolis.
The Colts receiving corps is filled with electric, jitter-bug type targets and Kelley feels he brings a dimension that can only add to the diversity of the group.
“That’s what I kept hearing when I came out here–Indy’s never had big wideouts,” Kelley said.
“I feel like I’m big enough, fast enough to bring a change. Whether they want to use me as a red zone threat, whether they want to use me as an inside, big target across the middle, whether they want to use me to block for screens, being bigger, being stronger, I think that makes me accessible to do more things.”
Kelley, who has spent the last two seasons in the Arena Football League following a stint in the CFL, participated in the Colts rookie minicamp from May 10-12.
When the first rookie minicamp practice concluded, there was the thump of the jugs machine running near midfield as Kelley was the lone member to stay after for extra reps.
The following day, there was Kelley again the lone rookie in the Colts locker room with iPad in hand, dissecting a playbook he hopes to still be in come September.
“It’s necessary, especially a guy in my position, being a free agent coming out of Arena, Canadian leagues and what not,” Kelley said of the extra work.
“It’s just perfecting your craft. For me, it gives me that confidence on the field and now I can go out and I can trust what I’m doing and just play.”
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