While driving from New York to L.A. to start the next chapter of his acting career, on Tuesday, actor Drew Powell stopped by his home state to catch up with family and check in on his team.
“It’s one thing to make a stop off on your way. It’s another thing to drive 12 hours through the night, through a three-hour thunderstorm to get here at 5:00 to be at practice at 9,” he said. “And by the way, totally worth it.”
And this time, he had his family with him.
“I’ve got my son and my wife and my sister and her two kids and we’re just having a blast. The Colts have been so generous to us. We’ve got a T.Y. and an Andrew Luck here. And I’ve got the Grundy jersey, so we’re covered.”
You know you’re a real fan when you show up to watch your team practice – something pretty unique to the NFL.
“It’s truly something special,” Powell said. “I’m just sitting here watching the fans. They were just applauding for Vinatieri when he kicked his field goal. It’s just really neat. There’s something special about this organization too that I think the fans really appreciate. It’s been a rough couple of years and they stick by us and stick by them and that’s really special.”
This season, Powell has a lot to be excited about.
“What excites me the most starts at the top. I’m excited about Chris Ballard because I think he is just exactly what a GM is supposed to be. I’m excited about Frank Reich because he is exactly to me what a coach is supposed to be. And I’m excited to have Andrew back. I’ve always been a Luck fan from the beginning, so I’m very, very excited about this season. And I think we’ve earned it after last season.”
Powell grew up in Lebanon, Indiana and attended DePauw University in Greencastle. After graduating, he followed his dream of acting to L.A., where he’s landed various roles in movies and TV series, most recently playing the role of Solomon Grundy in FOX’s hit series Gotham.
But he's proud to call himself a Hoosier and he's proud to represent the Horseshoe from coast to coast.
“I’m proud of the organization, I’m proud to be a fan of it. And now that some people know who I am, I’m usually the most famous Colts person in the room,” he said. “So I feel a responsibility and I’m really honored by that. A lot of my friends who know nothing about football understand the hashtag ‘Go Horse’ because for years, I signed off texts and emails that way. I have a lot of friends in Hollywood that don’t care about football, but think #GoHorse is hilarious.”
And he’s got a message for his friends in Hollywood and the NFL teams they cheer for.
“We’re coming for you. We’ve taken our licks and it’s going to make beating you even sweeter.”