Daniel Herron doesn’t just go by the nickname “Boom.”
The Indianapolis Colts’ second-year running back has it tattooed on his right shoulder.
And he’s got plenty of other tattoos, although “Boom” stands out because the o’s are lit cannonballs.
“That’s probably everyone’s favorite tattoo,” Herron said of the can’t-miss body art, which he got during his season year at Ohio State.
The nickname applies to his running style. He’s not shy when it comes to contact, but he also gets a kick out of making tacklers miss.
Herron recently gave some of the back stories to his body art — “I love it” — which includes scriptures on the inside of his arms, a lion’s head, angels, the 330 area code of his hometown Warren, Ohio, the name of departed relatives, a cross, a tribal “H” for his last name and a big “B” at the top middle of his chest for “Boom.”
In his first NFL playoff start Sunday, Herron amassed 141 total yards in the Colts’ 26-10 AFC Wild Card playoff victory over the Cincinnati Bengals at Lucas Oil Stadium. He rushed for 56 yards and one touchdown and caught 10 passes for 85 yards.
The 10 pass receptions tied a franchise record for a running back in a playoff game, the other time Joseph Addai in Super Bowl XLI. The reception total also tied for fourth all time.
The 141 total yards were the most for a Colts running back all season. His 2-yard TD run in the first quarter marked the first time the Colts have scored a touchdown on an opening possession this season.
“It wasn’t really any pressure, more excited and just happy, and just ready to go,” Herron said Monday of the start. “It was one of those things that we went out there and executed, got a fast start and I was happy that we got the win.”
The fourth-seeded Colts (12-5) advanced to face the second-seeded Denver Broncos (12-4) in a Sunday AFC Divisional playoff game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
“Very excited to play such a great team and I’m looking forward to it,” Herron said. “We’ve got our work cut out for us. They’re a great team so it’s going to be a great game.”
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