Anthony Castonzo doesn't mind underrated tag

Offensive left tackle doesn't get much 'pub,' so he considers being named to NFL.com All-Underrated Team a compliment.

Anthony Castonzo doesn’t like reading about himself.

But his proud father, Bill, sometimes sends info anyway.

Such was the case on Monday, when the Indianapolis Colts offensive left tackle made an All-Underrated Team posted on NFL.com by NFL Media analyst Elliot Harrison.

“My dad actually sent it to me, so I did see it,” Castonzo said with a hearty laugh. “I tell him not to send me things. I don’t like to read things about myself, but he felt compelled to send it to me.

“It is positive stuff. I always like positive stuff.”

Since being selected with the 22nd overall choice in the 2011 NFL draft, Castonzo has been a reliable rock on the Colts’ O-line. Head coach Chuck Pagano refers to him as the team’s best blocker and admires how Castonzo works hard, sets an example of professionalism and generally lets his play do his talking.

Castonzo, 26, has started 60 games — his four games missed to injury were during his rookie year — and takes on many of the league’s best pass rushers when protecting quarterback Andrew Luck’s blind side.

But he hasn’t made the Pro Bowl once, not even as an alternate. For some reason, his level of consistency hasn’t earned much “pub.”

That explains why Harrison wrote in the All-Underrated Team photo caption, “How Castonzo has allowed just six sacks over the last two years is anyone's guess, considering the enormous amount of pass attempts (1,243) the Colts have racked up during that time. Castonzo played the most snaps among tackles last year and gave up all of two sacks.”

The 6-foot-7, 311-pound blocker considers being underrated a compliment.

“I actually don’t really keep track of that,” the fifth-year pro said of his statistics. “But, yeah, it’s cool that people kind of take notice. I’m just out there trying to get my job done every play. That’s what I’m about. If people take notice of me doing my job, I appreciate it.

“I’m most concerned what my teammates think of me and what my coaches think of me. The biggest thing is when I look at myself in the mirror, how do I feel about how I’m playing? I’m always looking at things I’ve got to work on, so no matter how underrated or overrated I am, I know the parts of my game I need to work on. That’s what I’m going to focus on.”

Castonzo is joined on the All-Underrated Team offense by Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, Baltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett, Kansas City Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman, Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd, Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker, Dallas Cowboys tackle Doug Free, Ravens guard Kelechi Osemele, Texans guard Brandon Brooks and Oakland Raiders center Rodney Hudson.

Castonzo is entering a contract year and will make $7.438 million in his fifth season. He deftly dismissed the obvious question about if he has any concern about his future after 2015.

“Like I’ve said before, I look at myself, look at the parts of my game I need to work on,” he said. “I figure if I block and do my job, then everything else will kind of take care of itself. That’s all I’m worried about right now, is protecting Andrew and moving people around (in) the game.”

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