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Colts Players Grateful For Father's Day

Intro: With Father’s Day on Sunday, Colts players took time to thank their dads and father figures for helping them reach life as a professional football player.





INDIANAPOLIS – Inside of the Colts locker room, players from all different walks of life are on the team's 90-man roster.

Sunday is Father's Day, with many players all across the United States getting the chance to spend this day with their dads.

Last week, some Colts players caught up with to share their thoughts on the role their dads, and father figures, played in them reaching the NFL:

Duron Carter on his father, Cris

"To everybody else he's Cris Carter, Hall of Fame Wide Receiver, but to me, he's just dad. On Father's Day, I plan on being with him, seeing him and showing him my respect. He's given me a lot of knowledge and helped me through a lot of tough times. His perspective is one of a kind."

Phillip Dorsett on his father, Phillip

"My father, I don't know where I would be, honestly, without him. I talk to my father almost every day. I'm one of those guys that is fortunate to have a father around in my life. He's an inspiration to me and I thank God for him every day."

Matt Hasselbeck on his father, Don

"I hit the lottery with my dad. I looked up to my dad my entire life. It started when I was growing up. He was playing tight end and I always wanted to be a tight end in the NFL, just like him. I'd say his work ethic is something that was just evident every day, whether he was catching footballs on a jugs machine or going to architectural design school, or designing shoes for Reebok, his work ethic was always something that was very impressive to me. He would train with tri-athletes in the offseason. He was always there. He was coaching our sports, no matter what sport it might be. He'd play pick up hoops in the driveway after a very long day. So yes, I'm very grateful."

Boom Herron on his father, David

"My dad is my role model. He's the man I look up to. A great father, somebody that I want to be like when I grow up, grow up. Great to his kids. Great to his family. Great to his community. He's just a guy I want to be."

T.Y. Hilton on his father, Tyrone

"He's had a lot of impact on me. He always pushed me to get better and he always stayed with me. He made sure that I was always playing a sport.

"Just (me) being around my kids (now), they look up to me, so this holiday means a lot."

Arthur Jones on his father, Arthur

"He had an amazing impact on my life and he still does to this today. He's my superhero. He's my role model. My dad is a pastor and just the courage he has everyday to preach to people on Sunday and to live an honest life and has lived the way he wants us to live, he's a guy I look up to tremendously and a guy I love to death."

Pat McAfee on his father, Tim

"My dad is the man I've always wanted to be. He's one of the hardest working men in the history of my life. I'm so lucky to have him. He's a former truck driver, who turned into a cabinet salesman, who now sells cabinet finishing. Every single day he told me, 'If I'm not working, somebody else is.' I'm so lucky to have such a positive influence in my life."


Joe Reitz on his father, Dave**

"I just think my dad was always around. He was always around, always coaching my brother and I in sports. He always made time for us. When he got home from a long day of work, he would want to go out and throw the baseball around or shoot hoops. I think that's something that meant a lot to me and it's something that I try to emulate in my own life. You get home from practice after a long, tough day, it would be easy to sit on the couch and zone out, but being a good dad, the right thing to do is to get up and play with your kids. Be present when you're home. Put your cell phone down, which is sometimes easier said then done, but just be present with your kid's lives. With three of my own now, I'm trying to follow in my father's footsteps and hopefully I can be as good a dad as he was to us."


D'Joun Smith on his stepfather, Jason


"My father Jason Smith was probably the most influential person when it comes to football. He's the one who put the ball in my hands, introduced me to the sport. I started playing when I was four years old. When I talk about it, I get choked up in what he did for me. I didn't know my real father so (Jason) came in and took the role as that, since I came into the world. He's the reason I kept playing. When I was playing pee wee, I got ran over and didn't want to play anymore. (Jason) was like, 'I'm not going to let you run away.' Then I got back in there and loved football ever since. He taught me how to play everything, all the in's and out's of football because he played football in college and he was supposed to go pro. He had an unfortunate injury. He was a great influence in my life, just being a man, being there. He's taken on the responsibility, even if it's not your responsibility. He's just been a great influence in my life. I thank Jesus every day for blessing me with him and that I didn't have to grow up with just a single mother, and not have a father figure there. It's been a long road, but we've been doing it together."

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