Colts Q&A With Aaron Moorehead

Colts WR Aaron Moorehead tells ColtPower what the biggest challenge is of playing wide receiver in the Colts system, shares some thoughts on his friendship with former Colt Gerome Sapp and becoming an unrestricted free agent ... and more in this exclusive interview for our Insiders!

Q: What's the biggest challenge of playing wide receiver in the Colts' system?

AM: Right now I know the offense and I know how to read a defense well, but I think the biggest thing is finding the holes. Marvin's so good at finding the holes; he knows when to slow down and when to speed up. That's the thing that's going to be the biggest thing I work on this year. For some of the young guys, the hardest thing is learning the playbook because it's so extensive and there are so many difference formations. I'm past learning the playbook and I'm past learning how to run the right routes. I know how to read the defense, it's just a matter of getting the intricacies that Marvin has and Reggie has and Brandon has in the middle. Brandon's so good at reading the defense in the middle and that's something I want to work on; so I want to be able to work the inside and the outside, but understand the zones of the game. I think once you understand that you become one of those guys that can stick around for a long time because it's one of those things that not a lot of guys truly understand how to do.

Q: Do you have any favorite moments as a Colt this early in your career?

AM: Game-wise I think would be the first time we beat New England. That was great because we struggled so much to beat them in the past. Last year when we beat Arizona and got the franchise record for wins, that was really important to everybody, especially Coach (Dungy) with all the tragedy he had this past year with his family. It was almost like winning one for him, so it meant a lot to everybody. Some of the other great memories are the games when Peyton was throwing five and six touchdowns like when Peyton threw some enormous amount, something like 21 touchdowns in four games -- was just unbelievable. That stretch of games it was like we were untouchable and that was just magical. We were on such a run and it seemed like nobody could stop our offense no matter what they did; they could have put thirteen guys out there, we weren't going to be stopped.

Q: I know you're close friends with former Colt Gerome Sapp. How did that friendship develop over they years?

AM: When Gerome came over from Baltimore one of my teammates from college, Tony, called me that day and said "hey, my buddy Gerome just signed with you guys, go over and meet him and take care of him, he's a good guy." And Tony's a guy I respect, so when Gerome came over, the first thing I did was say "hey Tony and I played together and he wanted me to tell you hello" and just started talking to him. We found out we have a lot of things in common. He's a really smart guy, a really intellectual kind of guy. You can sit down and have a conversation with him and we just kind of clicked. I was so disappointed when he left. I called my mom and she felt so bad for me, I think she was more upset than I was. She said "oh, you're losing your friend" but it's kind of like losing a brother. 

Q: I asked him during an interview "who are some of the guys you're going to stay in touch with?" and he said "oh, I'm definitely going to stay in touch with Aaron and Bryan Fletcher. Those are the two guys I know I won't lose touch with."

AM: Yeah, that's kind of our little crew. We were always hanging out together and did everything together. I can't tell you how many dinners we went to just the three of us -- out and about and running around, having fun or shooting pool or playing cards. If I ever left, those would definitely be the two guys I would keep in touch with.

Q: Speaking of that, you're going to be an unrestricted free agent after this year. What goes through your mind when you think about that possibility and, just like Gerome, maybe having to leave to start a career someplace else to take advantage of a great opportunity?

AM: Well, obviously I'd love to be here. I would never say I wouldn't want to play in Indianapolis, but I understand that's not always your best option or even an option at all. It's just something you prepare yourself for mentally, because if you don't it's going to hit you too hard and you might not respond to it well. I'm ready for that, but you have to worry about this season before you worry about free agency and all that stuff. It's a matter of preparing for different situations, but you have to take care of first things first.

Q: I know your dad played tight end in the NFL for twelve years. Do the two of you talk much about the game and perhaps even how it's different from when he played?

AM: Oh yeah, I think he's actually kind of jealous of how we have it now. He always talks about the days when they had full-padded practices during training camp, twice a day, no breaks. He says "we didn't even drink water during practice" and all that stuff. Now the coaches take care of us a little bit, we get water whenever we want during practice and we don't really hit in practice. And he said they used to hit all the time. It's truly a different league now, but with free agency the way it is and the money the way it is, I think a lot of the players don't want to hit during practice all the time. I'm not saying we aren't going to hit, but you're not trying to get yourself hurt during practice because all of a sudden your whole season changes. People are more aware of that and don't risk some things they used to risk in the past. 

Q: What's he doing these days?

AM: He's selling residential real estate in Chicago.

Q: I know he played for the Giants, Broncos and Bears, but is it safe to say he's a big Colts fan right now?

AM: Oh yeah, he's a huge Colts fan. Colts and Bears are where his loyalties are right now. As long as I'm here he'll be a big Colts fan.

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