COLTS STRONG

by Whitney Smither
  It’s halfway through the NFL 2012-2013 season, and the Indianapolis Colts’ fans are eager to see what is in store for their team for the remainder of the season.
   “I am very impressed that we have won as many games as we have,” Spanish teacher Mrs. Richhart said. “I see a great future ahead.”
  The team has earned an overall 4-3 record and ranked number two in the AFC South from beating the Minnesota Vikings, Greenbay Packers, Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans. They have lost to the Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets.
   Leading up to this season, the Colts retrieved Andrew Luck as the first overall number one draft pick in the NFL last year. They released many well known veterans like quarterback Peyton Manning, tight end Dallas Clark and running back Joseph Addai. They also hired a new head coach and former football player, Chuck Pagano.
   In September, the Colts’ head coach, Chuck Pagano, released to the public that he was diagnosed with leukemia. The Colts’ fans everywhere pulled together to support him and his family through a “CHUCKSTRONG” campaign.
   The campaign included selling CHUCKSTRONG t-shirts, posters, wristbands, and having a blood drive. All of the profit raised from the campaign was donated towards Leukemia research.
   “I wear my Chuck strong shirt every game day,” sophomore Eric Leap said.
   Offensive coordinator, Bruce Arians, has filled in as interim head coach for the Colts until Chuck Pagano can make a full recovery.
   It is safe to say that rookie quarterback Andrew Luck has been settling in nicely with the team. He has a better record at this point in the season than any of the previous nineteen quarterbacks drafted number one overall since the 1970 merger. Luck also has the highest winning percentage (.571) by a rookie selected number one overall in the draft through week eight in NFL history.
   “I think he is doing an amazing job for his rookie season,” junior Emily Warfield said. “I’m so glad the colts drafted him rather than Robert Griffin III.”   
   Support the Indianapolis Colts this Sunday as they take on the Miami Dolphins at Lucas Oil Stadium on CBS at 1 p.m., or head over to www.colts.com to purchase tickets to watch the game live.

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