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Colts come to FPES

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

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Forest Park Elementary School second-grader Drew Crawford catches a pass in the Indianapolis Colts Big Blue Football Camp Wide Receiver Challenge Tuesday. Drew, 8, is the son of Chad and Jessica Crawford, Brazil. [Order this photo]
Members of the Indianapolis Colts Big Blue Football Camp were treated to a sea of blue shirts when they arrived at Forest Park Elementary School Tuesday morning.

The camp, led by former Colt Mike Prior, visits schools across the state year-round.

Prior played 13 years in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1985.

He played for the Colts from 1987-92. In addition, Prior was a member of the Green Bay Packers when the squad won Super Bowl XXXI. Prior recorded an interception against New England Patriot quarterback Drew Bledsoe in the Super Bowl.

Throughout his career, Prior recorded 35 interceptions and 17 fumble recoveries.

On Tuesday, he played the role of coach for students at Forest Park.

"We're going to work hard, and we're going to have fun," Prior told the students before they took part in the camp.

The camp is designed for students to have an opportunity to take part in drills similar to those professional players go through.

The camp drills include the Quarterback Challenge, the Linebacker-Quarterback Sack Challenge, The Running Back Challenge, The Wide Receiver Challenge and the Colts Team Relays.

In addition, students also get to step into the Colts In Motion Interactive Museum.

Forest Park Elementary Principal Jon Russell said teacher Teresa Akers spearheaded Tuesday's event.

While the football camp has made several trips to county elementary schools in recent years, it has a much different look now with so many different players currently on the 2012 Indianapolis Colts' roster.

"It's a whole new change and a whole new staff, but it's still the Colts," Prior said. "Rosters change year-to-year.

"I think (students) are just excited football is starting up again."

Before the students took part in the drills, Prior explained P.R.I.D.E., or what he refers to as Personal Responsibility and Daily Effort.

"It's about being the best you can be," Prior told the students. "Everybody is on the same team."


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This is way cool!

-- Posted by driverdude on Tue, Aug 28, 2012, at 7:58 PM


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