INDIANAPOLIS— Less than 12 hours after returning from Cincinnati in the early hours of last Friday morning, Colts players headed downtown for the 2013 Colts Kickoff Luncheon.
This year’s luncheon was held at The Westin and ESPN’s Ron Jaworski emceed the event.
Below are some of the highlights from the players talking, along with Owner Jim Irsay and Head Coach Chuck Pagano:
Jim Irsay on Chuck Pagano:
“His vision and his intensity is something that’s special. I think that we have a coach that has a fire that burns in him that’s really special.
Chuck Pagano on the Colts goal of winning the Super Bowl:
“That’s really the only reason we really come to work every day and make the sacrifices that we all make. We want to build a program sustained for success. Ryan (Grigson) and his staff do such a great job of bringing players in here and Mr. Irsay gives us everything we need to be successful. We aren’t just doing this for a one-hit wonder. We want to go on a run. We want to be great for another decade or two, win multiple championships and be able to hoist that Lombardi and dance under that confetti.”
Andrew Luck on the team in general:
“With Coach Pep (Hamilton) coming in and the additions on offense, I think we realize it’s not an easy road but I think we have a chance to be a pretty darn good offense. I think going up against our defense every day in practice has been a nightmare. It will be really fun to see them go up against a different color jersey.”
Reggie Wayne on the offense:
“As a team, we’ve come a long ways since OTAs, minicamp and training camp. We had a pretty successful preseason, doing the things that we wanted to do. We know as a team what our main goal is. We know what our little goals in the middle are that we have set for ourselves. I think we are on the right track, right path to get that done. Hopefully, knock on wood, we can keep everybody healthy, continuing to believe in the system, believe in each other.
Adam Vinatieri on approaching 2,000 career points:
“I try not to think about any personal records or that sort of stuff. I think the only records and the only goals that I have are our team ones. I think all the individual stuff speaks for itself. Those points just keep adding up the more our offense scores and I think we will hit that 2,000-mark this year on extra points alone with how these guys are going to move the ball for us.”
Pat Angerer on the comfortability of being in the 3-4 defense another year:
“I think everybody is more comfortable. Everybody knows where to cheat, what to expect and that d-line is pretty damn good. It makes it real fun to play behind.”
Antoine Bethea on his excitement level for opening day:
“I’m going on my eighth year but it seems like this is going to be my first time running out of the tunnel. I’m excited, man. Got some new counterparts on the backend and I’m just excited to show the world what we’ve got back there.”
Cory Redding on if there’s pressure with higher outside expectations:
“There’s no added pressure at all. This is what we expect. This is what we dream about. This is the position that we want to be in going into the season. There’s no pressure whatsoever. If anything we welcome it because we are looking to hoist that trophy up February 2nd in New York and we are going to party under that confetti.”