Hall of Famer weighs in: Former Colts defensive end Gino Marchetti was recently asked about Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's motorcycle accident. Marchetti could relate to Roethlisberger's aversion to wearing a helmet since he's a former Harley owner who also rode the streets and highways in Pennsylvania.
"I know that riding is dangerous. I had a motorcycle most of my life," Marchetti told the Baltimore Sun. "I rode until 1976, when [Pennsylvania] said I had to wear a hat. That took the fun out of it. With headgear, I couldn't feel the wind or [sense] that freedom."
Marchetti, who is now 79 years old, sold his Harley at that point. But even though Pennsylvania eventually repealed the helmet requirement, he didn't jump back on a bike. He now gets his kicks out of competing in a senior bowling league and recently came up one pin shy of a perfect game. But he still remembers the compulsion to throw caution to the wind at certain periods in your life as Roethlisberger recently did prior to the accident.
"You run through these spells," he said. "When you want to do something like this, you do it."
Mathis' new deal: After signing a contract extension that basically resulted in a six-year $30 million deal, Colts defensive end Robert Mathis kept his priorities straight and told his mother she should retire from her job. " She's done working...I already told her that," Mathis said to the Indianapolis Star. "She's worked so long cleaning other people's houses. I told her, 'No more.' "
Sapp trade: When the Colts traded safety Gerome Sapp to the Ravens this week for a conditional pick in the 2007 draft, it marked just the second time in NFL history that the two teams made a deal. In February of 1998, the Colts sent quarterback Jim Harbaugh and a fourth-round selection to the Ravens for Baltimore's third- and fourth-round picks in the 1998 draft. The Colts used the third-round pick on wide receiver E.G. Green, and then packaged the fourth-round pick in a trade on draft day so they could select offensive lineman Steve McKinney.
Manning honored: Colts quarterback Peyton Manning was honored with a Jefferson award, provided by the non-profit American Institute for Public Service for his work through the Pey Back foundation. The Jefferson awards pay tribute to those who "do extraordinary things without expectation of recognition or reward." Others honored along with Manning at the banquet were U.S. Rep John Lewis, D-GA, for his work as a civil rights pioneer, Michael Feinberg and David Levin of the Knowledge is Power Program, and Dr. I. King Jordan, the first deaf president of Gallaudet University which is the only university designed for deaf students.
Former Colt update: Offensive lineman Rob Murphy spent seven years in the NFL doing stints with the Bengals, Colts, Chiefs, and 49ers before being released by the Detroit Lions earlier this spring. He signed on with a real estate development firm in Florida thinking his football career was over, but he quit that job to compete for a position in the Canadian Football League. The 29-year old Murphy was excited about the opportunity to become a starter again, a role he hadn't seen since his days at Ohio State and in NFL Europe with the Frankfurt Galaxy. And he's playing left tackle for the B.C. Lions partially as a result of an endorsement he received from his former offensive line coach in Indianapolis, Howard Mudd. The quarterback he's now protecting, Dave Dickenson, couldn't be happier about having Murphy protecting his blind side. "I think Rob's very crafty, and he knows how to use his body to be effective," Dickenson told the Vancouver Sun. "He's got a mean streak and he's a good leader out here, too.
Happy Birthday: Former Colts linebacker Sammie Burroughs is 33 years
old today. He appeared in 32 games for the Colts during the '96 and '97 seasons.
Burroughs tried to catch on with the Miami Dolphins after that, but back
problems contributed to the end of his playing days in the NFL.