Ok. Not political, but for this long time Colt’s fan, clinching their Division in November is not something I can remain quiet about. I became a Colt’s fan in the days when their last franchise Quarterback was in his prime.
No, not Bert Jones. He was good, but the great one. Johnny Unitas. The ‘Shoes and Johnny U. became an obsession when I was just a wee lad. And to this day, through thick and thin (mostly thin), I have been a loyal Colt’s fan. I was not even bothered by the move to Indianapolis.
And it’s even more personal now, if that is possible.
I own an Insurance Agency and a really nice young man, and his parents, came in to start a policy about 5 years ago. He was at Howard University at the time and played football. He was billed as an undersized, but speedy and hard hitting Safety. Over the next year, his Dad and I spent an hour or more talking football every time he stopped in to pay his son’s insurance. He even moved his own policy to us. I told him many times that his son is just the type of Safety that the Colt’s like.
Four years ago, Antoine Bethea was drafted in the 6th round by my Colts. I called Antoine’s Dad, Larry, and left a voice mail that I could not be more proud of Antoine if he were my own son. And Antoine started his first year and has played almost every game since.
A few weeks after the Colt’s won their first Super Bowl in decades, Larry Bethea called me and asked if I would be there that afternoon. He said he wanted to bring “my son” by for a visit.
Antoine brought us a nice Super Bowl plaque with his Autographed photo, signed my Colt’s hats and spent an hour or so chatting.
He is one of the nicest young men you could ever hope to meet, with a deep devotion to his family. Quite and soft spoken, not at all what one might picture of such a star.
So, when I say I am proud that my Colt’s clinched their Division in November, will once again be in the playoffs, and there is great hope and expectations that a Super Bowl is in their future, you can see I mean that.
Did I mention that Antoine picked off an interception yesterday?