Well worth the wait

Nerve-wracking weekend ends on high note for former Badger quarterback

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Jim Sorgi could barely sleep. He was growing ornery. Relaxing was becoming a tedious task in itself. All as he waited for a dream to be fulfilled.

 

By the time the NFL Draft's sixth round arrived, he could hardly take it any more. Quarterbacks projected to go before him were still on the board.

 

"I didn't really have a good feeling then so I took a drive," Sorgi said in a telephone interview Sunday afternoon. "I went down, took a drive, relaxed myself, came home. Two minutes after I came home, I got the call."

 

It was still the sixth round and the Indianapolis Colts were on the line.

 

"Actually there was a GM and he said, ‘In a few minutes we're about to make you a very happy man,'" Sorgi said. "And then it came across the screen and all my family went crazy."

 

The Colts selected Sorgi with the 193rd overall selection Sunday, making him only the second Wisconsin quarterback in the Barry Alvarez era to hear his name called in the NFL Draft. The New York Jets selected Sorgi's Badger predecessor, Brooks Bollinger, in the sixth round of last season's draft, No. 200 overall.

 

"The past few days were pretty rough," Sorgi said. "I think in the last couple days I've gotten probably a total of like fours of sleep. I spent a lot of time by myself and didn't want to talk to anybody and was in a bad mood. And just when I got the call and the name flashed across the screen it just felt like the whole weight was lifted off my shoulders.

 

"To make my family proud of me and to represent the University of Wisconsin the way I have—it just makes me really proud."

 

Sorgi will not exactly need to step right in and play in Indianapolis. The Colts have two veteran quarterbacks on their roster: All-Pro Peyton Manning and sixth-year veteran Cory Sauter.

 

"I'm happy to be with the Colts," Sorgi said. "It is a great situation and I can't wait to start learning under Peyton.

 

"He's the best quarterback in the NFL right now."

 

Sorgi said the Colts' offense stands out for how many audibles and checks quarterbacks are expected to execute.

 

"I think it's going to take a lot of time for me to get it down," he said. "A lot of film study. There's no better person to watch film with than Peyton Manning."

 

The Colts were looking for a quarterback in the draft after releasing Brock Huard last month in order to free salary cap space. Huard, Manning's backup the past two seasons, signed with Seattle Wednesday. Sorgi expects to step right in as the Colts' No. 3 quarterback, behind Manning and Sauter, when he arrives at minicamp later this week. 

 

"That's the way it looks right now," Sorgi said. "We'll see where the chips fall but right now I'm not really even thinking about it. I'm just kind of hanging out with the family, celebrating a little bit. And getting ready for minicamp ‘cause I've got to leave this Thursday. But I'm excited."

 

"Today's the best day of my life right now," he said.


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