Session goes to Colts

PITTSBURGH -- Clint Session has been defying the odds since he arrived at the University of Pittsburgh as an undersized linebacker four years ago, and he continued that trend by being taken late in the fourth round by the Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts Sunday during the NFL Draft.

"When I went on my visits, I went to the Colts and got a real good vibe there,'' Session said. "They seemed to be a good fit for me, because they value linebackers who might not be too tall but can run. And that's me. I'm an athletic guy, and they play the type of defense that I can fit into.

"I know they traded Cato June, but they still have a lot of good linebackers there. But I can fit into their depth chart somewhere, outside linebacker and on special teams. I don't know much else about them. I guess I'll find out soon enough, but I think I can go in there and make the team.''

Session played a lot of football at Pitt, but only the past two seasons as an outside linebacker. He was an inside linebacker before Panthers head coach Dave Wannstedt arrived for his final two years. Session's best season, and not coincidentally his healthiest, was this past one. He had 101 total tackles, 67 solo, 12 stops behind the line with one as a sack, five forced fumbles and one fumble recovery and one pass breakup to go with one spectacular 78-yard interception for a touchdown.

"I owe a lot to Coach Wannstedt for my development the past couple of years at Pitt, and he raved about me,'' Session said. "I dreamed about this for a long time, and it finally played out for me. I'm going to get a chance to play in the NFL, I'm so excited about that.''

The Colts didn't mess around when contacting Session. He spoke with head coach Tony Dungy right before the team selected him.

"He said they were looking forward for me to come in and compete for a spot on their roster,'' Session said. "So, that's what I'm going to do. I'm going to relax a bit, to celebrate getting drafted, and then I'm going to go out to Indianapolis to begin my NFL career.''

Session really didn't believe that he'd be taken during the opening day, rounds 1-3, but he hoped to be taken as early as the fourth round Sunday. The Colts had two choices in that round and selected defensive back Brannon Condren from Troy before taking Session just five picks later with their compensatory pick.

"I was real anxious while I was waiting for my name to be called, but I wouldn't say I was nervous,'' Session said. "I don't think there was any point where I was nervous, because I'm confident in my abilities. And I knew that I was a pretty good football player.

"So, if I waited, I knew my chance would eventually come. That's why I was a little anxious. I knew somebody would notice, though, and it happened to be Coach Dungy. So, I'm very grateful to him for that, and I look forward to going out there and showing them what I can do.''

Session will leave this week for Indianapolis for its rookie camp.

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