Last Friday, the Colts held their final Fan Fest of the summer at the Three Rivers Festival in Ft. Wayne. A football bounce house, Colts In Motion traveling museum, inflatable football players Tiny and Crusher, carnival rides, Play 60 Zone, “Junk Food Alley,” The Hunter Smith Band and many Colts fans were all in attendance.
With fans arriving hours before the 4 p.m. event start time, the Wilson family appointed themselves “Colts Line Ambassadors” while waiting for the Colts players and cheerleaders to arrive. They instructed to other fans, with help from the Colts staff, where the line started and which way the line would wind and weave.
Rose Wilson, along with her three adult children, Nicole, Kayle and Jason, are all looking forward to watching the Colts play and win this season. They waited patiently for almost four hours to get posters and purses autographed by Colts players Anthony Castonzo and Donald Thomas.
Castonzo and Thomas arrived in Ft. Wayne via bright red helicopter; this time bringing along a plus one. Dominique, Castonzo’s girlfriend, enjoyed her first helicopter ride, especially with her two tour guides. “Anthony and Donald were pointing down the whole time, saying ‘Look here’s where I work!’ and ‘That’s my house!’”
One fan at the Colts Fan Fest had a unique connection to the Colts organization. Jody Trent used to stand on the sidelines in 2004 as a Colts Cheerleader. “It was one of the most fun years of my life,” she explained.
Jody heard about the event on the radio that morning and brought her three children, including her 10-month-old little cheerleader, to the family-friendly event. Her sons, 4 and 6 years old, are not into football yet, but they definitely were champs at the Colts Play 60 Zone running drills and throwing passes.
The National Guard, one of the Colts Fan Fest sponsors, had quite the setup Friday. A cobranded Hummer, Chevy truck and booth are where Specialist Kingsley and his four coworkers hung out to beat the heat and talk to Colts fans.
Specialist Kingsley, 20, explained that the Colts are much more than a football team to him. “They support us. Even when we are deployed we can still watch the Colts games, and the Colts organization makes that happen.” Kingsley had the honor of holding the American flag on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium during the Military Appreciation game last year.
Although the Colts summer promotions tour is over, fans can look forward to “Blue Fridays” during the season. “Blue Fridays” will include Colts Cheerleaders, the Colts In Motion traveling museum and giveaways. The first one is Thursday, September 5 at a Meijer location in the Indianapolis area before the Colts first regular season home game versus the Oakland Raiders.
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On Monday afternoon, Colts punter Pat McAfee joined SiriusXM NFL Radio to discuss his contract negotiations along with his outlook on the 2013 campaign.
The Colts placed the franchise tag on McAfee earlier this offseason and the fifth-year punter is coming off a season in which he set franchise single season records for punting average (48.2), net punting average (40.3) and tied the mark for punts inside the 20-yard line (26).
Putting future contract negotiations aside, McAfee made it clear what city he wants to continue to call home.
“I want to stay in Indianapolis forever,” McAfee said to Sirius.
Away from the gridiron, McAfee is one of the most active Colts in the community and that is evident in his appreciation of the Circle City.
“I really enjoy Indianapolis. I love our team. I love the city. I love everything that is going on here.”
Early last season there was McAfee utilizing his abundant Twitter following to spread the #CHUCKSTRONG campaign that most importantly raised money for leukemia, while also unifying a Colts team into the playoffs.
“We were really unfamiliar with each other, than once we had a reason to rally together, which was for our coach, it became a big deal. All of a sudden a group of strangers had, one fighting cause and that’s a big key when it comes to sports,” McAfee said.
“Last year was an amazing run but I think this year is going to be even better. Andrew Luck is going to have another year under his belt. He’s going to be comfortable and I think if you have a good quarterback you can win games. It’s going to be fun to watch our team play this year and I think we are going to do some magical things.”
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In today’s installment of Daily Headlines, Mike Chappell begins on the defensive side of his all-Indy team. Also, Forbes comes out with a list of their top-50 most valuable sports franchises in the world. Where do the Colts rank?
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 pieces from Tuesday, July 16th.
By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
Chappell moves over to the other side of the football with the defensive tackles for his all-Indy team.
He begins with Ellis Johnson who longtime Colts defensive line coach John Teerlinck raved about.
“I remember Ellis coming out,’’ said Teerlinck, who was on the Detroit Lions staff for the ’95 draft. “I loved him.’’
Teerlinck and Arizona Cardinals head coach Buddy Ryan were in Gainesville, Fla. for the workouts of Johnson and Gators defensive end Kevin Carter.
“We worked those two guys out and Ellis had a great workout,’’ Teerlinck said. “Ellis was a great, great player.’’
And then there was Brock who came out of Temple and turned himself into a very fine defensive tackle at just 274 pounds.
“It was a great move when we put Raheem inside,’’ Teerlinck said. “He wasn’t going to beat out Mathis or Freeney (at end), but he was a very good nickel defensive tackle.’’
Teerlinck added he didn’t want the 6-4, 274-pound Brock at tackle in short-yardage situations, but “he had a real good career as an inside rusher.’’
By: Star Report, Indy Star
The Colts checked in at No. 20 on the world’s 50 most valuable sports teams with a team valued at 1.154 billion according to Forbes.
According to Forbes, “The Colts play in one of NFL’s smallest markets, but are among the most valuable teams thanks to a sweetheart stadium deal, passionate fans and regular playoff appearances. The Colts made a smooth transition at QB last season from four-time MVP Peyton Manning to No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Luck.”
No. 1 is Real Madrid, at $3.3 billion.
Thirty of the 32 NFL teams made the list; only St. Louis (51) and Jacksonville (52) narrowly missed the top 50.
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