Indianapolis Colts

Colts begin rookie mini-camp

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — “You might call it controlled chaos, if you will,” said Chuck Pagano.

More than 50 rookies have descended onto the Colts Complex with hopes of catching the eye of Coach Pagano and the Colts organization. For many of them, just getting to put on an NFL helmet is a dream come true.

“When I first walked in the equipment room to get my helmet, I was in awe about it,” said T.J. Green. “I actually have an NFL helmet and it has my name on it and it has my number on it.”

One of the biggest adjustments these rookies are going to have to make is getting used to playing at a professional level. Because for the first time in their careers, they’re no longer the biggest, fastest or strongest player on the field.

“It’s such a jump from college to being a professional athlete,” said Ryan Kelly. “I think it’s taken up all the media classes that we’ve gotten. All the information that we’ve taken in so far, it’s been hours and hours of meetings, not only just about football stuff, but how to conduct yourself as a professional athlete.

Rookies Everett Golson and Danny Anthrop are familiar to the Hooiser state, spending time during their college careers at Notre Dame and Purdue, respectively. They’re viewing this camp as a second chance to continue their football careers.

“I mean, a lot of stuff is getting thrown at us. Different calls, the playbook is pretty different. All and all it’s just a blessing to be here,” said Everett Golson.

“I’m just thankful right now, focused on the task at hand,” said Danny Anthrop.

Rookie mini-camp will continue through Sunday.