The Colts 3-day rookie mini-camp took place this past weekend as I’m sure it did in 31 other NFL cities. It’s the first time that any of the drafted players and rookie free agents get to meet together with team officials and some of the veteran players even though veteran players aren’t required to be there. This was a scene from Friday:
The hand stuck out. Suddenly, to Mike Hart, the NFL was no longer a distant dream.The hand belonged to Colts quarterback Peyton Manning.
“I said, ‘I’m Mike,’’’ Hart said.
Manning’s reply: “I’m Peyton.”
“I was like, ‘I know who you are,’’’ Hart said, recalling the story with a smile.
And because the hand was a real hand – because it wasn’t on television and because it wasn’t animated – Hart said it took a moment to realize the reality of the moment.
It makes me giggle that Peyton still thinks after all these years he has to introduce himself to rookies as if they have no clue who he is. And at the same time it makes me proud that he doesn’t think too much of himself and still thinks after all these years he has to introduce himself to rookies as if they have no clue who he is.