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More than 1,000 hang out with Colts players, cheerleaders Monday

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Andy McCammon photos

Top: Fans tour the traveling "Colts In Motion" exhibit during the "Make It Personal" tour stop in Brazil Monday.

Bottom: Colts defensive end Robert Mathis dons an over-sized helmet before signing it for a fan. The event marked his third "Make It Personal" appearance of the year.

He said he enjoys interacting with young fans at the autograph table.

"The kids always say the funniest stuff," he said.

The most popular question?

"Do you know Peyton Manning?" Mathis laughed.

For the record, though, the answer is "yes."

More than a thousand Indianapolis Colts fans descended on the campus of St. Vincent Clay Hospital when the team's "Make It Personal" tour made a stop in Brazil.

Defensive end Robert Mathis and wide receiver John Standeford signed balls, jerseys and other memorabilia for a line of autograph seekers nearly as long as the RCA Dome. Young, male Colts devotees (and some older ones) gaped at cheerleaders Ashley and Holly. Fans toured the Colts In Motion trailer, featuring an interactive "virtual tour" of Lucas Oil Stadium, the new facility the team will inaugurate in 2008.

The throng of Colts fans appeared to be in pigskin heaven, despite temperatures that soared into the mid-90s.

"It is going absolutely wonderful, despite the weather," said Andrea Baysinger, clinical and community education coordinator at St. Vincent Clay, during a break from working a free concession stand.

Baysinger said the concession area had stocked up with 750 bottles of water and soda before the event began. Thirsty droves had consumed everything just an hour into the event, she said.

With 29 "Make It Personal" events staged in cities and towns across the state-- as well as one in Louisville, Ky.-- Colts personnel, including cheerleaders and players, have traveled extensively to drum up support for the successful franchise.

The Brazil event marked the third-to-last stop on the promotional tour, which wraps up Wednesday in the Circle City.

Sponsors of the event included St. Vincent Clay, the U.S. Army, Remax Real Estate and the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association.

See inside for more images of the Brazil "Make It Personal" tour stop.

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