The two events were separated by a dozen days but have impacted the city of Indianapolis immensely.
It started on Jan. 25, 2012, when a new era began with the Indianapolis Colts announcing Chuck Pagano
Then on Feb. 5, 2012, Lucas Oil Stadium played host to a thrilling Super Bowl XLVI as Ahmad Bradshaw scored the game-winning touchdown for the New York Giants on a six-yard run with 57 seconds to play in the fourth quarter.
Pagano and Bradshaw will now be under that Lucas Oil Stadium roof this fall trying to get back to the stage where the Colts newest running back has thrived twice in his six-year NFL career.
Bradshaw joins the Colts and brings a pair of Super Bowl rings, along with rushing for over 1,000 yards in two of the past three seasons.
“We just are very excited, obviously, to have (Bradshaw) coming in the fold,” Pagano said.
“It’s huge any time you can add a guy that’s got Super Bowl rings and understands what it takes, has that mindset, put another pro in that locker room, another mentor. I mean the guy’s a beast. He’s a warrior.”
In January, Bradshaw had foot surgery but according to Pagano the former Giants running back is trending in the right direction and the newest Colt echoes that statement.
“At 27, I feel great,” Bradshaw said. “After the surgery, I feel even more younger. I can’t wait to prove myself and prove to everybody else that I can be a dominant back in this league.”
Bradshaw believes he still has the capabilities to be an every down back but also acknowledges the talent of last year’s starter Vick Ballard.
The addition of Bradshaw gives the Colts a formidable one-two backfield punch that was missing near the end of 2012.
“We just see a huge opportunity for me to come and help Vick (Ballard) and those guys out,” Bradshaw said. “I feel this offense is young and they need a spark and I feel like I can be that spark that they can use. My point is to get in and learn the offense and get started as quick as possible.”
That arrival comes this afternoon when Bradshaw will walk back into Lucas Oil Stadium for the first time since that historic February evening nearly 18 months ago.
Pagano will be right there with them, coming out of the same locker room and tunnel, hoping they will be doing that together into early February.
“He’s another horseshoe guy,” Pagano said.
“Get us one step closer to hoisting that trophy.”
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It might be the middle of June, but it’s a busy week at Lucas Oil Stadium.
First, the Colts will host an open minciamp practice on Wednesday evening that is free to fans.
Come Saturday, Lucas Oil Stadium will once again be on display hosting a job fair to hire food service and game day event staff.
Details of the job fair are below:
- Lucas Oil Stadium Job Fair
- Hiring Food Service and Game Day Event Staff
- June 15th, 2013
- 12pm – 5pm
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The last time the Colts were in Lucas Oil Stadium it was an afternoon that will not soon be forgotten in team history.
Chuck Pagano returned to the sideline and led a Colts team that, despite having their playoff seeding locked up, won one for their head coach back doing what he loves.
Today, Pagano will once again lead the Colts out onto the Lucas Oil turf as the team holds and open practice for fans from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Below are a few comments from Pagano and players on practicing this evening in Lucas Oil Stadium.
Coach Chuck Pagano
“It’s going to be great. It’s going to be awesome. It’s great for our fans. It’s great for guys and another opportunity to give back, showcase our guys out there, let them have some fun, let the fans have some fun, go sign some autographs and hopefully have a productive day and get back home.”
“It’s going to be a great opportunity for us to interact with the fans. A little fan appreciation, that’s what Coach Pagano and from top to bottom this organization loves giving back to the fans. They’re the ones who give to us during the season with support and being at every game. Every opportunity we get we love to give back to them.”
“I remember last year I caught a wheel route and scored a touchdown so I jumped up on one of the tables and started high-fiving with the fans. Hopefully I score again so I can have that.”
“It’ll be fun to practice in front of the fans and everything like that. At the end of the day, that’s who we do it for so it’ll be fun.”
“I really am excited. It’s the first time I’m going to be in the stadium, practice with the team. I can’t wait. It’s going to be awesome.”
Here is a run down of today’s activities at Lucas Oil Stadium with the doors opening at 2:00 p.m.
- Admission and parking is free (South Lot). Half-price concessions.
- Limited edition Mini Camp poster to the first 5,000 fans.
- Colts Rummage Sale, which benefits the Colts Foundation.
- Colts Cheerleader Autographs: 2:00-4:00 p.m.
- On-field activities: Play60 Zone, Colts Inflatables, Photo Opportunities and more, 2:00 p.m.-4:00p.m.
- Team Autographs: 5:00-5:20 p.m.
- Full team practice: 5:30 p.m.
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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 Wednesday, June 12th.
By: Tom James, Terre Haute Tribune
Landry was the main attraction in Tuesday’s open locker room and James took a look at The Red Hulk action figure that sits in No. 30’s locker.
One of the hot topics was around why Landry missed the Colts 10 OTA practices.
“My trainer and my whole medical staff [are located in Scottsdale],” he explained, adding that he and veteran Indianapolis free safety Antoine Bethea shouldn’t have any issues forming a strong bond.
“I worked out with him in Arizona anyway. We have a familiar background with each other. I’ve been knowing him for awhile. So it’s like a brotherhood back there, I reckon. The chemistry is going to go well.”
James’ notebook also takes a look at the signing of Ahmad Bradshaw and head coach Chuck Pagano joked a bit with the media after the team’s first minicamp practice about the newest Colt.
“[Just] heard. It is true? We signed a running back today? What’s his name?,” Pagano joked after Tuesday’s practice. “We did sign Ahmad. Obviously, every decision that we make and talk about from day one is what’s best for the team, what gives us the best chance to win.
By: George Bremer, The Herald Bulletin
Bremer focuses on Bradshaw and a specific play that new coach Chuck Pagano remembers during his tenure in Baltimore.
“Any time you can add a guy that’s got Super Bowl rings and understands what it takes, has that mindset, put another pro in that locker room, another mentor,” Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said. “I mean, the guy’s a beast. He’s a warrior. I was at Baltimore and we played him, I don’t know how many years ago, and I just saw him gut through our defense for a 77-yard run. And that doesn’t happen very often to a Ravens front seven and that defense.”
Ironically enough, one of Bradshaw’s finest memories came at Lucas Oil Stadium when he scored the game winning touchdown in Super Bowl XLVI.
Now, he will call Lucas Oil Stadium home.
“It’s a great place,” Bradshaw said during a conference call at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. “It’s a great atmosphere. Being inside and out of that facility should be fun.”
By: Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star
Chappell also follows along with the angle that James took and looks at Landry’s “alter ego.”
The Pro Bowl safety brings a strong resume to Indianapolis but individual accolades will be put to the side in his new home.
“I have high expectations,” Landry said. “I’m just looking to win. I’m not really a ‘self’ type of guy. It’s a team effort.”
Chappell also spoke with Landry’s safety mate Antoine Bethea who will undoubtedly line up next to each other come Week One.
“He’s going to come downhill and he’s going to hit you,” Bethea said. “He’s very intense, gets to the ball.
By: Clark Judge, CBS Sports
Judge had a question-and-answer session with the Colts signal caller on Tuesday afternoon.
Before going in-depth into Luck’s Q-and-A, Judge sat down with backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck to get his thoughts on the starter.
“Andrew Luck,” (Hasselbeck) says, “is hitting it out of the park. He’s talented, but I’ve seen talented guys before. What is really special about him is his focus, his ability to process quickly, what he does at the line of scrimmage and his ability to get the respect of the locker room. He doesn’t blink. He’s always trying to be better and smarter.”
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Bjoern Werner, meet Colts fans.
Colts fans, meet Bjoern Werner.
That introduction will take place later this afternoon as Werner will walk into Lucas Oil Stadium to take part in an open minicamp practice.
“It’s awesome. It’s the first time in the stadium, so I can’t wait just to be in there. It’s the first time the fans can see me practice, pretty pumped up,” Werner said about today’s practice.
The smile that Werner brought into the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center on the day following his selection in the 2013 NFL Draft hasn’t left for long over the past month.
His heritage is evident when Werner and quarterback Andrew Luck talk to each other in German, much to the chagrin of fellow teammates.
“There are a few people who can speak actually a little German here,” Werner said with that smile. “Sometimes we just walk around and speak a little German and people are just looking at us. They get mad. ‘This is America.’”
With a locker next to the vocal Cory Redding, it’s pretty clear that Werner has been welcomed with open arms.
“I just noticed it right when I came in,” Werner said of the friendly locker room.
“I met all the new guys. The team chemistry is really special.”
On the field, Werner has been able to showcase the ability that awed head coach Chuck Pagano and general manager Ryan Grigson during the draft process.
With Robert Mathis missing some OTA time due to his wedding, Werner has gotten plenty of reps with the first team defense over the past month.
Werner is continuing to grow into his role on the outside of the Colts 3-4 hybrid alignment and has flashed glimpses of the four-point stance off the edge.
Today, thousands of Colts fans will get a look at that stance that and will soon get to know a genuine personality that does not follow the typical athlete stereotype.
His high school coach echoed the fun-loving, hard-working nature that has been seen in Werner and it’s the latter that the Colts first-round pick is focused on moving forward.
“You always have to try to get better,” Werner said. “I think I have the playbook down and now it’s just improving my technique, the two-point stance, everything. I’m just getting adjusted to everything.”
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