Wide receiver Troy Albea is back in football following a 2002 knee injury he sustained while with the Colts that landed him on injured reserve.
The horrible moment that sent Albea's NFL aspirations reeling came during a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans as rookie safety Joe Hunter came up to make a tackle on him.
"It was a dig route, and I had the safety right on me," Albea told The Journal Star last summer. "Mark Rypien threw a pass that a lot of people say he shouldn't have thrown."
The hit left Albea with two torn ligaments in his knee that required four surgeries to correct.
"I still think about where I was in my career, how close I was to reaching my dream," he said.
One thing Albea remembers fondly about his experience with the Colts was his opportunity to play with with Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison.
"We used to call him 'Cheater' because he had to be cheating to make DBs look that bad," he said.
Albea joined the Ohio Valley Greyhounds of the United Indoor League last summer to start anew, hoping to show NFL teams that he was back and fully able to make his cuts again.
He drew some interest from the Jaguars, Giants and Cardinals last year, but nothing materialized from it. He's now playing for the Cincinnati Marshals of the National Indoor Football League, which is in its sixth year of existence.
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