Colts legend Dwight Freeney is rooting against us on Saturday.
If the Colts have lost Dwight Freeney, of all people, we might be entering a stark, new reality of Bills bandwagoning we were not prepared for.
Indianapolis heads to Buffalo this weekend as a significant underdog, prepared to play in front of 6,000+ stark, raving members of Bills Mafia thanks to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent change of heart.
Among them, at least in spirit, will be Freeney, a member of the Colts’ Ring of Honor and a defensive icon of the Manning Era.
Unfortunately, he’s chosen to root for his old pupils who’ve since departed Indy for Buffalo over the current roster. Jim Irsay is probably thrilled.
Here’s Freeney’s explanation, which may or may not satisfy you (it won’t):
"The reason? His friendship with Mario Addison and Jerry Hughes.“Those are my guys,” Freeney, a member of the Colts Ring of Honor, said this week in a phone interview with The Buffalo News. “These are the dudes who I brought up in the game a little bit, so I always have this fatherly like, ‘Godfather’ type of thing with them, thinking about their successes.”"
Clearly some people believe in us, even if Freeney got off the bus too early so he could break through some tables with Jerry Hughes.
Let’s take that guy’s energy into kickoff instead of following a relic from a bygone era, shall we?
Peyton Manning’s years in Indianapolis were awesome, but we didn’t all go buy Broncos hats when he departed — well, most of us didn’t.
All due respect to Freeney and his friend Jerry Hughes, but rooting for former Colts over the literal Colts isn’t what we expected for this wild weekend. Something tells me Jim Kelly won’t be rooting for his old backup Frank Reich in this contest, no matter how hard Reich lobbies for the endorsement.