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Call Henry Anderson What You Want, The Kid Can Play

Intro: Colts rookie Henry Anderson has the nickname of “Goose” that has followed him to the NFL. Whatever you want to call him, Anderson is definitely a football player and showed that in his professional debut.


INDIANAPOLIS – The term "goose" isn't typically flattering in the world of sports.

If an offense puts up a "goose egg" it will make for one unhappy fan base in the week following.

So when Chuck Pagano said the word "goose" during his Thursday press conference, those listening did a double take.

Who is Goose?

"Goose is tough and he's smart and he loves to play the game. He plays with great pad level. He's a relentless player. He wills himself to the football," Chuck Pagano continues.

"It was a great start for him, a great outing. Now, we need the same thing and more."

A great start? Does that mean Goose is a rookie?

Yes, Goose is indeed a rookie, but his glaring stat line from Week One was anything but a 0.

Henry Anderson's tackle count last Sunday was a crooked number---9 tackles to be exact.

For a defensive end to top the tackle-sheet in a game is astonishing, not to mention doing it in your professional debut.

"I don't think we've had a defensive linemen around here since I've been here, an interior guy, a guy that plays the five, the nose or the three end up with (9) tackles on the stat sheet," Chuck Pagano said of Anderson earlier this week.

"He did a great job."

Anderson acknowledges his team-leading tackle number from Week One, but the third-round pick is left wanting more.

Finding his way to the quarterback in pass rushing situations is a focus for Anderson heading into Week Two (Anderson had 8.5 sacks during his final season at Stanford).

But inquiring minds were curious, where did the name Goose originate?

Well, back in his college days at Stanford, Anderson was playing Madden and his team was shut out in the fourth quarter (aka a goose egg).

Those stories tend to linger when your college roommate joins you in the NFL.

"Parry freaking brought it from Stanford and told everyone," Anderson said shaking his head, looking in the direction of Parry's locker on Thursday.

"It's not my favorite (nickname)."

If Anderson keeps putting up games like last Sunday, he will certainly be a fan favorite.

A behind the scenes look at Henry's 2015 photo shoot in the #ColtsPhotoGarage.

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