Jan 4, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts safety Antoine Bethea (41) watches from the sidelines in a game against the Kansas City Chiefs during the 2013 AFC wild card playoff football game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Indianapolis defeats Kansas City 45-44. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Free Safety: Antoine Bethea (2006-2013)
Sanders was the definition of “unreliable” but Bethea was the exact opposite. Missing just five games in his eight years in Indy, Bethea was a long time leader on the defense. He never got the accolades or attention that Sanders did, but he was a very good starter the entire time in Indy.
Betha went to the Pro Bowl twice with the Colts, but could have easily been voted there more often. He was an impact player and great free safety in a Cover-2 defense. He finished his time in Indy with 14 interceptions, five forced fumbles, 49 passes defended, and 3.5 sacks. He also racked up an impressive 569 tackles, at times leading the team.
Rarely would Bethea ever get beat and on the rare occasions he was, he’d make up for it with a big play later in the game. When facing the high powered offense of the Patriots in 2007, Bethea gave up a deep touchdown to Randy Moss. The next time the Pats ran that play, he picked it off.
Bethea ended up leaving Indianapolis after he couldn’t come to terms on a new contract following the 2013 season.
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