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Open Mini-Camp: Jim Irsay Presents Robert Mathis with Diamond Watch


Before ending practice, an emotional Indianapolis Colts owner in Jim Irsay spoke to his huddled players about this upcoming season on the 50-yard line. He spoke about the high expectations for next season:

"“He just reiterated what we’re chasing,” said head coach Chuck Pagano. “We’re chasing greatness. What we’re trying to build here and what we’re going after. So no one’s got more passion and love for the game, and all of those kinds of things, and just wanted to let the guys know that we’ve got something special going on. And, we can have a special season.”"

After concluding his speech, Irsay then presented Robert Mathis with a luxury diamond watch for winning the Deacon Jones Award in 2013 by leading the NFL in sacks. With his teammates watching, Mathis then pointed to the Colts 2006 Super Bowl Championship Banner, noting that “this needs to happen again” before breaking huddle for the bus:

"“Robert (Mathis) at the conclusion of his speech pointed to the ’06 banner and said that needs to happen again this year,” said tight end Dwayne Allen. “And it’s one of those things where again, we all know the type of team that we have together and we know what lies ahead. But it’s us focusing on the little things, a game at a time, that’s going to get us to Santa Clara.”"

While there were fan festivities, autographs, and highlight reel plays during Wednesday’s open mini-camp practice, this year’s Colts team is clearly keeping their eye on the true prize and the long road that lies ahead.

Wednesday was no doubt a fun night for Colts coaches, players, and fans, but the Colts were all business as they broke huddle to end practice. This team knows they have a championship caliber roster, and if they do the right things early on, they’ll have a better chance of hoisting up the Lombardi Trophy come February.

Something that Robert Mathis already knows all about.

Dec 29, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts linebacker Robert Mathis (98) high fives the fans as he walks off the field after the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lucas Oil Stadium. Indianapolis defeats Jacksonville 30-10. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

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