The Make It Personal Tour closed out its first week with a stop in Angola, Ind. at the local Meijer. Two alumni players, Tarik Glenn and Larry Tripplett, came out to catch up with fans and sign autographs.
Glenn played for the Colts from 1997 to 2006 starting all 154 games, earning him three trips to the Pro Bowl. On top of working at his non-profit organization D.R.E.A.M Alive and spending time with his family he is studying to get his MBA at Purdue.
Glenn as well as Tripplett relished the opportunity to come out and see the fans in Angola.
"This is just a way we can stay connected," Glenn said. "Obviously we feel like we are part of the Colts family and it is always good to be able to connect with the fans and tell them how much we appreciated the memories that they have given us."
One fan particularly happy to see Glenn and Tripplett was Tamera Wagner. She could not recite their stats or even tell you their names, but her son Seth, who serves in the military could. He loves the Indianapolis Colts.
"I don't know much about football but I'll do anything for my kids," Wagner said.
This time it was as simple as stopping by the tour and sending her son, whose truck is dedicated to his love for the Colts, the autographs. But it hasn't always been that easy especially when he was serving in Iraq. Tamera once turned on her webcam and pointed it at her T.V. so that her son, and 17 of his fellow soldiers, could watch the Colts play the Dallas Cowboys.
Also signing autographs for Tamera and the other fans were Colts cheerleaders Abbey and Megann. Blue also made an appearance firing t-shirts into the crowd and posing for pictures with fans of all ages.
The rock wall, infltables and the Colts In Motion trailer have long been staples on the Make It Personal Tour for all fans to enjoy. But making its debut in Angola was the JUGS machine giving fans the chance to catch an NFL style punt. It was a hit.
The people of Angola showed that they too are tremendous Colts fans and that anywhere in Indiana is Colts Country.
"I must admit before the Colts came to Indiana I was a Steelers fan. But they have been doing so well for so long they have truly become the hometown team," James an Angola native, said. "We have to take care of our own around here. Angola and the whole state are Colts fans."
The MIP tour will continue on Monday, June 7, in North Manchester. Go to www.colts.com/events for more details and a complete tour schedule.
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