Bradshaw makes first appearance as a Colt

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Ahmad Bradshaw must have been pretty excited to be in Lucas Oil Stadium wearing an Indianapolis Colts jersey on Wednesday night during the team’s open to public practice. Though it may not have been as exciting as the last time he was in Lucas Oil Stadium, back when he was falling forward into the end zone to give the New York Giants a 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI.

“It’s a great feeling,” said Bradshaw to be back in Indianapolis. “Hopefully great things will happen in this building while I am here also.”

Bradshaw, who was in a walking boot for his right foot which had surgery on it back in January, was roaming the sidelines wearing a number-44 Colts jerseys as fans screamed their appreciation for the team’s newest acquisition. On Tuesday the running back, who had 1,015 yards on 221 carries (4.6 yards) and six touchdowns in 2012, signed a one-year deal for $1.1 million dollars with a $250,000 signing bonus.

The former New York Giant said he picked the Colts as his new team for reasons that are pretty simple.

“To win and that’s where I want to be,” said Bradshaw. “I feel like it’s a great fit and that’s one of the big reasons why I picked here.”

Bradshaw believes he will be 100% and ready to go come training camp, and noted he was only wearing the walking boot because the organization asked him too. One of those members of the organization in Head Coach Chuck Pagano, who had nothing but positives to say about his new player.

“Oh, he’s unbelievable,” said Pagano.

“He’s asking questions. He wants to know. He’s a pro, you know, he’s a pro’s pro. You can tell just by sitting back, listening, watching him and David (Walker) interact. As we went through all the drills he’s standing right there, he’s got the script in his hand. You can tell, when you see a guy sitting in a boot, watching practice and doing that, he’s not off sitting on the side doing whatever, he’s into it. The guy, when he gets back taking the mental reps, not being in there, he’ll be ready to go. He won’t miss a beat mentally.”

For Bradshaw though, he just seems anxious to not just be standing on the sidelines for the blue and white, but to compete for them as well.
“For me, I’m just ready to play football, to be with a team and an organization that cares. This is the right fit for me.”
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