Rushing Can't Wait to Get Started

Rookie cornerback and returns specialist T.J. Rushing and his agent, Adisa Bakari, answered a few questions for ColtPower after Rushing was selected in the seventh round of the NFL Draft last weekend. And one thing is obvious from his comments -- he can't wait to be a Colt.

Stanford's T.J. Rushing watched as the Colts used what appeared to be their final pick in the NFL Draft near the end of the sixth round on Howard University safety Antoine Bethea. Like Bethea, Rushing was a pre-draft visitor to Indianapolis and had high hopes that the Colts interest in him had been sincere. But it appeared that he would either land elsewhere in the seventh round, or perhaps be pursued as an undrafted free agent.

But the Colts interest was indeed sincere, and they traded their sixth-round pick in the 2007 NFL Draft to gain back their seventh-round selection in this year's draft from Tennessee. Just before the 2005 season began, the Colts had traded that pick to the Titans in exchange for linebacker Rocky Calmus.

"We were a little disappointed that he dropped to the seventh (round), but the Colts have held T.J. in high regards," Adisa Bakari, Rushing's agent told me on Sunday. "They had him as their number two returner on their board.

"He has a very good chance of making that team, so we're excited about that opportunity and that possibility."

I also spoke with T.J. Sunday night to get his reaction to the day's events and what was going through his head when he found out he was heading to the Colts.

"I was just relieved, (laughs), thrilled," he replied. "Every great emotion a person can feel, I think I felt it at that time.

Rushing sees not only great opportunity to make his mark in Indianapolis as a returns specialist, but also as a cornerback.

"I think it's a great match for me, because they need returners right now. They've got two spots open for cornerbacks – at least that's what I was told. So I think it's a great fit for me and what I can bring to the organization," he said.

Next up for Rushing is a trip to Indianapolis later this week for the Colts' rookie minicamp. And he's ready to get to work.

"I can't wait to be there and I can't wait to be a Colt," he said. "And I hope this is the start of great things to come."

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