Dillman and his family just got back into town after a thrilling time in Canton where the red carpet was rolled out for him and the other 31 high spirited fans of one of America's favorite pastimes, football. Each team in the league had a dedicated fan in attendance to be immortalized for their enthusiasm and dedication to their team.
The fan inductees and their families were kept busy for five days with special dinners, tailgate parties and even a parade with all of the flamboyant fans showcased on a special float. They were also able to be in attendance for this years NFL induction ceremony where they got to witness some of football's best, namely, Marcus Allan, James Lofton and Elvin Bethea who became a noted part of history. Dillman and the others were also showcased on ESPN and then on Aug. 4, they were inducted in the same hall as their football heroes in the Visa's Hall Of Fans.
When asked where the idea for the Sergeant Colt character came from Dillman replied, "It came from my strong need to do something special after the Sept. 11 tragedy. I wanted to show my pride in, America, my time served defending my country in the Marine Corps and of course, my pride in the Indianapolis Colts."
He also shared with me how important it has been to him to have had the chance to reach out to children through his Sergeant Colt character. Between Dillman being a student teacher at Northview High School and his Sergeant Colt character becoming such a public figure, he can now do what he has always wanted to do, reach out to children through knowledge and charities.
Dillman, his wife Mary Anne and their four children , Melissa, 15, Joshua, 12, Tyler, 6 and Eric, 3, have been Brazil residents for eight years and die-hard Colts fans since the first day the team moved to Indianapolis. They purchase season tickets each year so they can share their special love for the Indianapolis Colts with each other and periodically a friend or other family member who is brought as a guest. They are well known in their seating area for their special costumes and makeup. Even their guests are more than encouraged to show their team spirit by dressing in the Colts team colors also. Dillman has been known to be blue and white from head to toe for the games and has not only gone as Sergeant Colt but during the holidays you can find the very popular Santa Colt in his seat.
The most memorable part for Dillman was, "My feeling of pride when looking at the walls of the Hall of fame seeing my childhood heroes honored around every turn and then leaving knowing my name is now displayed on one of those walls also."