But getting a Super Bowl ring and having the opportunity to hit the field for the first time as a pro running back instead of a special teams player hasn't changed him at all on a personal level.
"You should be who you are, no matter what the situation is," he said during a recent Scout Radio interview. "I was taught as a young person not to let my circumstances change my character or my personality."
But as a player, he feels there have been big changes as he used his first year on the Colts' 53-man roster to refine his skills and technique.
"The other big thing is knowing your assignment. Having as complex of an offense as we do, it's vital that you know what you're doing on every play."
With Dominic Rhodes' departure to Oakland via free agency during the
offseason, Dorsey is the most likely player to step into Rhodes' spot sharing
carries with Joseph Addai. But don't expect Dorsey to step into the role of
being the north-south power-runner that Rhodes handled so well during the
playoffs and in the Super Bowl. At 5-foot-10, 196 pounds, it's his quickness and
breakaway speed that has drawn comparisons to another undrafted free agent who
has made quite a name for himself with the Pittsburgh Steelers -- Willie Parker.
"I'm definitely a smaller guy running the ball, so I try to use speed more than power," Dorsey explained. "When you watch me, I think you'll see that any time I get the choice between speed or power, I'll be more likely to use speed."
And Dorsey has already been doing some offseason lobbying to have an opportunity to use that speed to Indy's advantage more often.
"I've definitely put in the special teams coach's ear that I wouldn't mind being back there returning kickoffs," he said with a laugh. "So hopefully during training camp I'll get to work on it a little bit."
Listen to the rest of this exclusive interview with this 5-minute audio clip where DeDe talks about his role in offseason workouts and minicamps, the similarities between him and Addai, joking around with Peyton Manning, some insight on rookie Michael Coe, and his camp essentials as he prepares to pack his bags for training camp. Scout.com subscribers can click this link:
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