Painter Ready to Prove Himself Again

Playing for your home state team — in front of friends and family — is never easy no matter the sport. Curtis Painter, who played football at Vincennes Lincoln High School, has already done that and put together a pretty good collegiate career as a quarterback at Purdue University. Now Painter is ready to do it all over again.

A sixth-round draft pick of the Indianapolis Colts last April, the 6-foot-4, 230-pound signal caller is fighting for a job backing up one of the National Football League's premier players (Peyton Manning).

"I've watched (Manning) a lot. Just being in state, you hear a lot about him. And then of course he's one of the greatest, if not the greatest, so that right there is a good person to try to follow, to try to emulate," Painter said recently.

Painter wants to make a fast adjustment to the professional game

"So just being here and being able to work behind him, and just seeing some of the things that he does, it's a tremendous opportunity I think for a young quarterback to learn behind one of the greats. So I'm just really fortunate."

Luckily for the Yorktown, resident, the "awe" factor didn't last very long when it came to the Colts' Pro Bowl quarterback. Painter had served as a camp counselor at Manning's annual summer quarterback camp a year ago.

"Actually I was down at the Manning Passing Academy in Louisiana (in 2008), so I met him there, him and his family," the former Boilermaker said, adding that biggest adjustment for him so far has been trying to learn the Colts' massive offensive playbook.

"It's interesting because you see some similarities (to what he did at Purdue). There are some things that are the same, but there are a lot of things that are different. Of course it's a lot more in-depth, naturally. It's quite a bit bigger so it's going take a lot of work, but it's a lot of fun, too."

And then there's the physical part of it too. Trying to learn and refine his footwork and his throwing motion. That hasn't been easy either. But it all comes down to developing a comfort factor with what he is doing and what is expected of him.

"I think more than anything right now, it's so much mental. Obviously there's a lot of physical stuff as far as footwork and making the throws, but I think so much at this point is learning the offense and kind of soaking in as much as you can. That's not just what I'm focusing on, but I think that's really a big part of it right now," Painter said.

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