This blog is one of our “Fan Features,” from Alyssa who won the New Era “Speak with Your Cap” contest and was chosen to represent the Colts as their ambassador for a photoshoot. Below is a recap of her trip to New York and all the fun she had representing Colts Nation!
“In June I had the amazing opportunity to take part in the NFL’s and New Era’s back to football Photo Day. The Photo Day took place in New York at a studio called Location 5. Being a small town Canadian girl I couldn’t believe what I was reading when I received an email telling me I had been chosen to represent the Colts!
From my understanding my boyfriend and I were to be flown to New York and I was to partake in a Photo Day working with the NFL and New Era. To my surprise it was so much more than that. On top of being styled by professionals in the sickest Colts gear and New Era hats and getting my photo taken, there was also an interview and a video portion (see below). There is no question about it, I love being in front of the camera whether it be video, full body or profile shots.
Another amazing surprise was that we got to tour the NFL headquarters! We had the chance to see where the Commissioner did his work, had meetings and where the games were reviewed for any fines or missed calls. Not to mention every super bowl ring dating back to the very first super bowl. Seeing the NFL headquarters for any football fan is like being a kid in a candy shop, I just couldn’t get enough.
Thinking that this experience couldn’t get any better, I was completely blown away when the Commissioner himself, Roger Goodell showed up at the studio for our group shot. He did a meet and greet with all the team winners, signed mini footballs and took individual photos with us.
This was a once in a lifetime experience and I would like to thank the NFL and New Era for letting me be part of the Photo Day. I think what made it so over the top incredible were all my fellow winners (and guests of course) from the other teams. Everyone was great! I made so many new friends and we became like a New Era and NFL family in that short time we spent together. We still all keep in touch and we’re all battling it out in a fantasy football league this season. The amount of passion I saw in every single fan has made me fall in love with football and the Colts all over again. All 32 fans and guests came from all over the world, some from England, some from Canada and some from the United States. We all cheer for different teams but we all came together through one sport, football. It made me realize that football is so much more than a sport, it unites people together and makes life long friends.
Tags: Colts, fans, football, hats, New Era, NFL, roger goodell, Speak with your Cap
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Looking for a place to have your Colts questions answered at the end of the week? Well, you’ve come to the right place.
On Friday, I will host a one-hour chat called “Horseshoe Roundup” beginning at 2:00 p.m EST.
The chat will cover a variety of topics with the focus being the pertinent news during that time period. I will take your questions and try to answer as many as I can during the hour.
For this week, the Colts are now 2-1 after a Week Three 27-7 road victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
What were your thoughts on the Colts first road win of 2013?
What are your expectations as the Colts close out the month of September and open up AFC South play with a trip to the Jacksonville?
Feel free to join the chat via this link around 2:00 p.m. on Friday (scroll to the bottom of the page) and we will talk for an hour about whatever is on your mind.
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The Colts will wrap up their practice schedule this week on Friday in preparation for this weekend’s match up with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Here’s a look at today’s news with Chuck Pagano’s one-year anniversary of being diagnosed with leukemia, the task of stopping Maurice Jones-Drew and Jerrell Freeman’s pass rushing.
Take a look below at the top pieces from Friday, September 27th.
By: Bob Kravitz, Indy Star
The one-year anniversary of Pagano being diagnosed with leukemia took place earlier this week and Kravitz looks at the head coach’s perspective on life.
Every day now is a gift.
Has been since Dr. Larry Cripe of the IU Health Simon Cancer Center declared he was in remission.
“I was talking to my wife (Tina on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning), and we were saying, it almost seems surreal that it’s been a year,’’ Pagano said. “Just the way things are going, how good I feel, I feel like it almost never happened. It’s crazy. It went so fast. Now, those first couple of months, it didn’t go fast when we were going through it (chemotherapy), but now it’s like it happened to somebody else.
“I know it’s always going to be there, but I feel so lucky, very lucky.’’
By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
Colts fans know all too well what Pro Bowl running back Maurice Jones-Drew can do to an opposing defense.
The Colts defense is MJD’s opposition this week.
“He’s built like a fire hydrant, runs like a shorebird,” he said. “Tree trunks for legs. Never stops churning. Powerful, powerful guy.”
Jones-Drew is 5-7, 210 pounds. He routinely has his way with the Colts’ defense. In 13 appearances, he’s averaged 106.8 yards per game and 5.4 yards per attempt. Eight of his 24 career 100-yard games have come against the Colts, including 177- and 169- and 166-yard outings.
DE Cory Redding has the sure-fire remedy for containing Jones-Drew.
“One guy get there, hit him high, slide down to the ankle and hold on until the other 10 guys get there. That’s how you stop him,” he said.
By: Mike Wells, ESPN.com
No inside linebacker in the NFL has more sacks in 2013 than Jerrell Freeman.
Last year, Freeman was one of the top tacklers in the NFL and now he has added a pass rushing element to his game.
“He’s a good athlete,” coach Chuck Pagano said about Freeman. “He studies the game, he works hard, he can run. He’s got intangibles. The guy’s got instincts. Again, he knows what’s coming before it comes.”
Getting strip-sacks has been a staple of Freeman’s already this season. He had one against Miami’s Ryan Tannehill in Week 2. Then he had one in the in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s victory over the San Francisco 49ers. Freeman sacked and stripped the ball from 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick at San Francisco’s 8-yard line. The Colts scored three plays later to take a 27-7 lead.
“It’s just making the most of an opportunity,” Freeman said. “Guys up front, my linebackers blitzing in and doing their thing. They’re doing all that work, the least I can do is make a play when I get the opportunity. It’s just the opportunity presented itself and I’m making the play.”
Tags: chuck pagano, cory redding, Jerrell Freeman
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