Updates and quotes from former Colts...Adewale Ogunleye on a possible Colts - Bears Super Bowl... Bill Polian talks about new Buffalo GM Marv Levy...and more in today's ColtPower Quick Hits!
Former Colts linebacker Marcus Washington had a
terrific game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday, snaring an
interception to seal the victory as the Redskins advanced in the NFC playoffs. He recently recounted to Sports Illustrated his
most embarrassing moment as a player, which came while he was in
"My rookie year I wasn't practicing because I pulled a hamstring," he
explained. "I was on one end
of the field, Coach [Jim] Mora was on the other. I wasn't paying attention to
what was going on, and he hollers down to me, 'What's the play?'
Everyone is looking at me. He asks again, and I had to say I didn't know. He
snapped -- jumping, yelling and swearing at me."
Another former Colt, defensive end Chukie Nwokorie has
dropped off the NFL charts. He's taking a stab at playing
in the Arena Football League, signing a contract with the Las Vegas Gladiators.
Nwokorie was signed as an undrafted free agent by the
Colts back in 1999 before moving on to the Packers in 2003 and Denver in 2005.
He had a series of injury problems during his first six seasons in the NFL
including a neck/back injury, a wrist injury that required surgery, and knee and
hamstring problems. Nwokorie reached an
injury settlement with Denver back on September 2nd after being put
on injured reserve due to a leg/groin injury he sustained during
Dan Patrick at ESPN recently mentioned to Bears DE
Adewale Ogunleye about the possibility of a Bears - Colts Super Bowl.
Ogunleye, who became the first Chicago DE in 13 years to post double-digit
sacks with 10 this season was asked to complete the sentence, "The
first time Peyton Manning sees you...". Ogunleye replied, "It'll
be too late."
Colts president and general manager Bill Polian thinks
the Bills made a great move in naming Marv Levy as their new GM. Levy was
very influential in player personnel decisions while Polian was GM for
Buffalo. And he learned a very critical lesson from Levy that he continues
to use in his decisions as he's built the Colts talent base. "You have to build with haste, but you've got to build
correctly," Polian recalled Levy telling him. "And when you build correctly, it's usually with young players and they're going to go through growing pains. You have to be patient."
The Colts play the Bills in 2006, and Polian told the Rochester Democrat &
Chronicle that he's really not looking forward to that. "I don't like to play my friends, and the least of all, my best friend in football and my
mentor," he said.
Jim Maples played one season for the Baltimore Colts as
a rookie center out of Baylor before injuries led to his release. His
younger brother, Bobby, who was also a center out of Baylor, became better
known in the NFL as his career spanned 14 seasons with the Houston Oilers, Pittsburgh Steelers and Denver Broncos.
But now Jim Maples finds himself in the spotlight for a much less flattering
reason. He owns a bus company in Pharr, Texas. And it was his bus that
caught on fire while a busload of 23 nursing home patients were fleeing
Hurrican Rita. The bus wasn't even registered with the state at the time,
making it illegal to be on the road. And investigators claim that improper maintenance of its rear wheel bearings
caused the spark that triggered the fire. He may face criminal charges and
federal regulators have suspended his authority to operate buses for safety
reasons. He's also filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as he's been
unable to fulfill obligations to creditors.
In this weeks' ESPN the Magazine, they had a
one-page article where Colts LB Gary Brackett talked about how Tony Dungy's
return has impacted the Colts. Brackett mentioned that at the funeral of
Dungy's son, James, the Colts team met with Dungy in a side room at the
church before the service began. "He walked in with a big smile,"
Brackett recalled. "That surprised us. Oh, the relief." Brackett
said that the brief meeting with their grieving leader was a pivotal moment. "That's
when most of us knew everything would be okay," he said. And he believes how the
team handled the entire experience has drawn them closer together.
"Everyone is coming from the same place with the same motivation,"
he explained. "Let's finish what we started."
The Colts learned that not only would the seven players
representing their team be in the Pro Bowl, they would all be starting.
That's 7 out of 22 starters all coming from the same team, almost a third of
the AFC starters. Quarterback Peyton Manning, RB Edgerrin James, C Jeff Saturday and WR Marvin Harrison will line up together when the offense first
touches the ball. LB Cato June, DE Dwight Freeney and S Bob Sanders will
work together on defense.
Some of you may remember Matt Griebel, an offensive
lineman the Colts signed out of Indiana State as an undrafted free agent
back in 2004. Well, he didn't make it in the NFL so he's putting his
criminology degree to work. He's now a deputy (patrol officer) with the
Newton County Police in Indiana.