SCOTTSDALE, AZ --- Colts safety Mike Adams is used to having to prove himself. He went undrafted 11 seasons ago, before making his first Pro Bowl this year after signing a 1-year deal late last offseason to join the Colts, with nothing guaranteed.
A seven takeaway season later with "Pro Bowler" added to his resume, and Adams says he hopes to be back in Indianapolis again in 2015.
"I hope I get to play with him again next year, so we can finish what we started," said Adams Friday of his fellow first-time Pro Bowler and teammate D'Qwell Jackson after their Team Irvin Pro Bowl practice.
But first Adams has his sights set on Pro Bowl MVP and the new vehicle that comes with it, after yet again being passed over. You see he was the last player taken in this year's Pro Bowl draft, making him the Pro Bowl's version of Mr. Irrelevant, a title usually reserved for the last pick in the final round of the NFL Draft.
"I gotta get MVP. They made me Mr. Irrelevant. They need to throw a parade for me or something," joked Adams. "I asked for a parade, a watch, a jacket. I mean something. And I'm about to get MVP, get that truck."
Adams says he's enjoying his first experience at the Pro Bowl though (even if he's not doing the hula in Hawaii he joked).
"This first Pro Bowl has been a blast," said Adams. "I feel like I belong here though."
That's because Adams does belong after the season he just had in Indianapolis when all he asked for in the beginning was an opportunity to prove himself in training camp.