Colts Quick Hits

A former quarterback pitches in to help children in need... a Colts draft pick returns to the raceway ... surgery for a linebacker who had hoped to be ready for Colts training camp and more in today's Quick Hits!

Harbaugh pitches in: Former Colts quarterback Jim Harbaugh continued his committed to community service, playing in a celebrity softball game on June 26th at Tony Gwynn Stadium in San Diego. The celebrity game was held prior to the start of the San Diego Surf Dogs' minor league baseball game against the Yuma Scorpions. Former NFL stars Andre Reed (Bills), Eric Allen (Eagles) and current Chargers cornerback Quentin Jammer also participated. Proceeds from the game were donated to Fresh Start, a non-profit organization that helps provide surgery and rehab services free of charge to physically deformed children from around the world.

Toudouze gets dirty: Colts fifth-round draft pick Michael Toudouze spent part of his weekend at Thunder Hill Raceway in Kyle, Texas before heading to the NFL's annual Rookie Symposium which ended last week. Toudouze's parents, John and Brenda, are the crew chief and car chief, respectively, for a race team. His father was renowned at the Texas Dirt Raceway back in the 1990s. Michael, a former TCU offensive lineman, tried his hand at racing as well, winning two of eight starts back in 2000 at that raceway.

Tough times for Toles: The Colts signed former Penn State linebacker Deryck Toles as a free agent in 2005, but a groin problem forced the Colts to put him on their reserved/injured list last July. Toles was hoping to make a run at this year's roster, but his recovery hasn't gone as planned. He reportedly had sports hernia surgery in May, but the recovery hasn't gone as smoothly as it has for other Colts who had similar surgery this offseason. In fact, Toles is scheduled for more surgery in mid-July, ending his hopes that he could get on the team's training camp roster. The former Nittany Lion, who had a stellar collegiate career, battled through a rare and painful enzyme disorder, rippling muscle syndrome, which was causing his body to dissolve its own muscle tissue. Toles has apparently gotten that under control through medicine, nutrition and exercise and is confident that he'll be back competing for a Colts roster spot in the future.

Rookie the key to Jags' offense? Vic Ketchman at Jaguars.com believes the rookie tight end Marcedes Lewis could be the missing link that helps the Jaguars open up their offense. "He has distinct pass-catching ablitities," he said in a recent column. "As Jack Del Rio said, Lewis could become that presence in the middle of the field that opens up the outside for the team's tall wide receivers.

Former Colt dies: Ben Garry, who was nicknamed "Go-Go" for his skillful and speedy running at the University of Southern Mississippi, was killed in an car accident when he lost control of his vehicle on June 24th and hit a van. Garry, who was just 50 years old, played for the Colts as a backup running back and a kickoff returner during the 1979 and 1980 seasons in Baltimore. He played in 14 games, rushed 13 times for 41 yards, caught 4 passes for 18 yards and returned 11 kickoffs for 190 yards.


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