Homecoming day at AU
ANDERSON — It was homecoming day at Anderson University on Sunday.
The Indianapolis Colts welcomed about 150 youth football players from Franklin Township shortly after the morning walkthrough ended.
The youngsters took part in a Heads Up Football/NFL Play 60 clinic conducted in conjunction with USA Football at Macholtz Stadium. Drills focused on proper tackling and fundamentals.
But the most interesting aspect was the instructors. The players were tutored by a host of former Colts including Gary Brackett, Bill Brooks, Mark Herrmann, Stan Eisenhooth, Roosevelt Potts, Gary Padjen, Chukie Nwokorie, Darvell Huffman, Geno Riley, Danny Kight and Heads Up Football ambassador Mike Prior.
Head coach Chuck Pagano was happy to welcome the former players.
“Love it, love it, it’s our history,” he said. “They laid a foundation. All those guys and their blood, sweat and tears over the years, they’re Colts history. I told our players, I mentioned we’ve got 10, 12 former Colts greats that are here spending the day with us and to make sure you take a minute when you have time after practice and introduce yourself.
“Some of these guys obviously played with them and know them already, but we would all be remiss if we didn’t take advantage of getting to know these guys. They were at a walkthrough already, and they’re doing something with USA Football. We’ve got a group of about 150 youth football players out here today, and they’re going through some instruction with them. So I love that part of it. We can’t have those guys around enough. They’ve got so much to share if guys are willing to listen. So we really encourage it.”
Second time around
Sunday’s practices were the start of the second week of training camp, and Pagano said he expects to see growth.