INDIANAPOLIS – As
Jean Francois was coming off a Super Bowl appearance with the San Francisco 49ers and the feeling of wanting more was lingering.
In college, Jean Francois was the Defensive MVP of LSU’s 2008 National Championship.
Winning was what Jean Francois was used to and he had no intention of stopping that.
“You didn’t want to leave one successful team and not go to another. I understand that a lot people want to say it’s the money but the money comes. The money will come but the biggest thing is I wanted to go to a team that was still in the playoff hunt. I didn’t want to go somewhere where everything started feeling different,” Jean Francois said of his 2013 free agency.
“When I came up here, I saw
Coming to a winning culture was a characteristic of virtually every Colts offseason addition this year
There’s right tackle
“It’s extremely special,” Cherilus says of the playoffs. “That’s why you play the game. You play 16 games to just be where you’re at right now.”
Just like Jean Francois, Colts safety
Landry helped lead LSU to the 2004 BCS National Championship but at this level he hasn’t experienced the playoffs since his rookie season of 2007.
The suitors flocked towards Landry last offseason but there was one team that kept sticking in his mind.
“It was just a great fit, a football atmosphere,” Landry said. “I haven’t been to the playoffs since my rookie year. We put our work in and we are here now.”
As Richardson has settled into the Colts culture, he realizes what is possibly on the horizon for a team, and player, that is used to winning.
“The first thing that comes to your mind is this is a playoff team,” Richardson says of the Colts. “They are always putting everything on the line to not only win it all this season but always building a franchise. It’s always been a promising team.”
No player in the 2013 Colts free agent class has been more forthright in talking about the opportunity to play in January than
That’s something that had not happened for DHB until he arrived to Indianapolis this offseason.
“I had never been to the playoffs. I was close once, but it doesn’t matter in this league if you don’t go,” DHB said of his four years in the league.
“I knew this was a playoff team. They had the quarterback to get the job done and I believed in the coaches and the direction it was going in and we are going to the playoffs.”