Indianapolis Colts Host Second Fan Fest in Columbus
For 14-year old Austin of Little Rock, Arkansas, the drive to Columbus to see Colts players at the Fan Fest event was long, but worth the time.
Each year, Austin and his family make the long trip from Arkansas to Indiana to see the Colts in action. Austin's mother travels to Indiana several times a year for business purposes, and carefully plans her trips around Austin's school schedule so he can attend as many Colts events as possible.
"Austin is a huge fan," said Austin's mother, "He became a fan about six years ago, and has been one of the Colts biggest supporters since."
Austin tries to attend as many games during the season as possible, and he also enjoys the other events offered by the Colts. This year, Austin attended two Fan Fest events in one trip, traveling to Logansport and Columbus to meet Colts players, and was excited to meet wide receiver Pierre Garcon, and defensive tackle Eric Foster.
For Austin, football is not just a seasonal sport. He represents the team year round by having an entire Colts wardrobe. According to his mother, Austin has at least twelve Colts jerseys and two Peyton Manning Pro Bowl jerseys. His bedroom is decked out in Colts paraphernalia, ranging from bedding to curtains.
In Little Rock, Austin belongs to a Colts fan club where he is one of the most active members. He has also showed his friends how great of a team the Colts are, and has successfully converted most of them to Colts fans.
Austin likes to think of himself as more than a fan, but a true supporter and good luck charm for the team.
"Last year I flew in to see the Colts and Ravens game at Lucas Oil Stadium. On the flight, the crew was telling me that the odds weren't in the Colts favor because they hadn't won a home game yet. I guess I was good luck, because it was the first home game of the season that the Colts won!" said Austin.