While reading to kids at the Legacy Center at Arsenal Tech High School, Colts first-round draft pick Bjoern Werner set down his children’s book for a second. It was time to take a second away from the land of fiction, and give a little geography lesson of his own.
“They were asking me where I come from because I can’t speak proper English,” said Werner with a laugh. “It was funny. They thought England, and I told them I was from Germany. They were like ‘Germany?’, so I had to do a little teaching.
Werner teamed up with the Colts rookies to participate in a NFL Play 60 event, where nearly 200 youths of the age 14 and under took part in activities from reading, to football drills, and overall just having a good time. After weeks of rookie camp, practices, and now training that has had the players working hard to learn their spots with the team, everybody involved took great pleasure in spending time with the children.
“We have just been in meetings, working out, practices, and training,” said defensive lineman and rookie Montori Hughes. “So getting away from football and being able to give back is always fun and good.”
Both rookies made it clear, even though they were able to relax for a few hours on Wednesday, they are working hard to be ready for training camp in Anderson in six weeks. Werner made it known that he will be spending all of his time here in Indianapolis training, and though he has only been a Colts rookie for a little over a month, he feels much more ready for what comes ahead.
“It’s a lot more comfortable than five weeks ago,” said the defensive end.
“It just feels like the perfect home for me, and I can’t wait for two years from now to look back at my good time here, spending time with the kids like this, the community, and the Colts family.”