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DREAM COMPLETE FOR BJOERN WERNER

Posted May 10, 2013

Here is the final of a three-part series on Colts first round draft pick Bjoern Werner. In this series, Colts.com takes a look at Werner’s journey from Berlin to the U.S. The final part comes today looking at Werner’s draft night and how his high school coach Chris Adamson believes No. 92 will transition to life in the NFL.



INDIANAPOLIS – Chris Adamson has since moved on from the Salisbury School and he now coaches at the Viewpoint School in southern California.

Across the United States, there was no question Adamson was hopping on a plane to be in New York for the NFL Draft to watch Bjoern Werner fulfill his dream that began six years ago, a mere two hours up the road from the Big Apple.

As the first round of the NFL Draft dragged on, Werner was hoping to hear his name called at pick No. 24.

The time and call from Indianapolis eventually came around 11 p.m.

Werner’s parents, who were making their first trip to the U.S., rejoiced with their son but any chance for a longer celebration would have to wait as various media obligations were next for the newest member of the Indianapolis Colts.

The clock had turned to the wee hours of Friday morning and an exhausted Werner and family finally headed out of Radio City Music Hall.

It was time to unwind, but once again any immediate plans were put on hold.

This time however it was Werner implementing his own pause on any festivities.

“(Werner) was one of the last ones out of there and there was a group of 10 kids and some people sitting out to the left and what does he do---he goes and signs autographs for 30-40 minutes,” Adamson said recalling draft night.

“We were all dragging, ready to get out of there and he goes over and signs autographs, takes pictures with the people that were still there. He’s just sincere. You are talking about somebody that’s going to represent the Colts in the highest of ways.”

Come early August, one can expect Werner to hang around after a two-hour plus training camp practice in Anderson and sign autographs for his newest of fans.

Adamson said he trusted Werner so much that he babysat the coach’s kids and his children still talk about him today even though they have moved across the country.

This fall Adamson will sit down with his family and turn on the TV to watch Werner play at the highest of levels.

From a player standpoint, pundits have already questioned whether or not Werner can transition to an outside linebacker position after predominantly having his hand in the ground during his three years at Florida State.

“He’s the type of guy that’s going to do everything he can do to be at that position and also evolve into that type of position,” Adamson said of the outside linebacker role.

“I could see him being pretty crafty out there. If he’s not coming off the edge, he’s out there covering, dropping. He’s going to get by on solid ability and high intelligence.”

Last year at Florida State, injuries across the defensive line forced Werner to play 70-80 snaps a game and accolades poured in after a 13-sack, 18 tackles for loss season.

Those accomplishments will now head to Indianapolis and Werner got his first taste of life as a professional on Thursday afternoon.

A three-day minicamp will officially commence today and there’s no doubt in Adamson’s mind that a long-standing career in the Circle City is about to begin.

“I know how hard he’s worked, how much he’s sacrificed to get to this point in terms of his family and being away,” Adamson said.

“I think Indianapolis is just a great place for him, that organization, that type of atmosphere. He’s somebody you are going to be happy to have as your No. 1 draft pick and wearing Colts colors. He’s a very gracious guy and he’s going to do everything he can to live up to expectations and to give back to fans and anybody he can possibly can.”

CLICK HERE FOR PART ONE OF THE SERIES ON WERNER---ON HIS INITIAL MOVE TO THE U.S.

CLICK HERE FOR PART TWO OF THE SERIES ON WERNER---ON HIS YEARS AT FLORIDA STATE

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