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T.Y. Hilton Hosts Youth Football Camp in Indianapolis

July 12th, 2014 at 2:25 PM
By Daniel Melin

Although the cloudy weather threatened to rain, it stayed dry long enough for T.Y. Hilton to successfully host the Sunny T.Y. Hilton Football Procamp. Thirty of the region's football coaches and 350 kids came out to Lawrence North High School for the event, which occurred this morning.

Participants spent the morning learning new skills, running drills, and practicing to improve their football abilities. Both boys and girls attended, as well as played games together. All participants received an autographed Colts' team photo. Four children who had parents in military service also received signed jerseys from Hilton, as thanks for the service of their parents. Another three were named "Campions (a portmanteau created by Wes Welker of camp and champion)  of the day," for showing great sportsmanship and willingness to receive instruction during the camp.

At the event, Hilton was seen smiling as he interacted with the children, answering questions as well as hands-on activities teaching them football fundamentals. While football may have been the theme of the event, he also stressed the importance of putting in hard work in the classroom as well as on the field. When asked by reporters, HIlton stated that he was in the same place as many of these children, and it was his focus on and off the field that took him where he is today. 

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LaVon Brazill Suspended for Entire Year for Violating Substance-Abuse Policy

July 7th, 2014 at 3:57 PM
By Daniel Melin

Wide receiver LaVon Brazill has been caught violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, and will pay the price of missing the entire 2014 season. After a positive test for marijuana, he has joined the ranks of Robert Mathis and Jim Irsay who have also had drug-related issues this year. He may apply for reinstatement in the league in a year, after his suspension is up.

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Still a young player, Brazill was drafted by the colts in the sixth round of the 2012 draft. He has earned 23 receptions, 347 yards, and three touchdowns in that time. 

Brazill was suspended only last year for four games for the same violation. He recently spoke about that infraction, saying that that part of his life was over. In a much-quoted statement, he stated that he had to choose between money and marijuana. Despite his claims that he chose money, it appears marijuana has won out.

The news was released last Thursday, when it was also announced that Kansas City Chief Rokevious Williams would be suspended for violating the substance-abuse policy. He will receive a four-game suspension.

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Reggie Wayne Rested and Ready to Go

June 28th, 2014 at 3:00 PM
By Daniel Melin

Despite rumors that wide receiver Reggie Wayne would need more time to heal after his ACL reconstruction, he is back with the team and appears to be as ready as ever. Although he was cleared for activity as early as April, it is only recently that he has joined the team for offseason work.

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In fact, Wayne is so pumped up that Coach Pagano has been joking about hiring more security to keep him from getting on the field too much. Andrew Luck has also praised his return, saying, "He's going to be back and better than ever doing things that the 35-plus-year-year-olds shouldn't be allowed to do on this earth. He's a freak."

With 13 seasons under his belt with the Colts, the possibility of a season without him hardly seems like a season at all. In his last season, he earned the 3rd-longest-streak for consecutive starts as a wide receiver, and became the 9th receiver to achieve more than 1,000 receptions. Only a week after that achievement, he tore his ACL, leaving him out of action for the rest of the season.

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Pat McAfee Hopes to Go for a Record

June 26th, 2014 at 1:15 AM
By Daniel Melin

In a recent interview, punter Pat McAfee has stated that he's more the a one-trick-pony. Not only does he want to pull double duty and kick field goals, he also thinks he has what it takes to smash the current record.

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The record for longest field goal was set only last year, with a 64 yard kick from Denver Bronco Matt Prater. The kick, which occurred at Mile High Stadium in Denver, beat the previous record by just a yard. McAfee also hopes to break the record there.

McAfee, who is known for his outspokenness, made the statements in an interview with the Indianapolis Star. Although he doesn't intend oust current kicker Adam Vinatieri, he pulled no punches when talking about his own potential. When discussing how he would fare on long field goals, he was quoted as saying "I think we could legitimately go 75 yards, no question about it."

For a lot of players, that would be an unproven claim, but McAfee is one step ahead of himself. A video from 2011 shows him successfully kicking a 75 yard field goal, which he has referenced numerous times in response to criticism.

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Dallas Clark Says Goodbye as an Indianapolis Colt

June 20th, 2014 at 5:26 PM
By Daniel Melin

After eleven years in the NFL, and numbers that put most tight ends to shame, Dallas Clark is retiring from the NFL. The 35 year-old player signed a one-day contract with the Colts so that he could retire with the team on which he served the longest, making June 18th his last official day in the NFL.

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The time he spent with the Colts is some of the most productive in team history. He helped lead the team to Super Bowl victory, was selected to the 2009 Pro Bowl, and NFC Alumni Tight End of the Year in 2009. 

Clark, who was drafted by the Colts in the first round of the 2003 draft, said his final words to the team Wednesday afternoon. His family, including his 90 year-old grandmother, were also in attendance. During his address to the team, he was seen in a very emotional state, breaking several times to hold back tears. 

In his speech, he thanked both Peyton Manning and Reggie Wayne, for helping him achieve his best as a player. In his thanks to Wayne, he told him that,  "I was hanging onto your coattails," when he joined the team. The two were known for their close friendship, with Wayne saying, "Dallas is my favorite teammate. All-time, no question."

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