Colts T.Y. Hilton makes a name for himself quickly in Indy
INDIANAPOLIS – For a prospective football player at the professional level, there are a number of ways to prove that your relevancy in the sports is continuing to grow.
There is making an NFL roster to begin with and then getting on the field for some meaningful playing time. A big play one game turns into a couple every contest and then earns you some award recognition and more importantly job security.
But for a still young T.Y. Hilton, another sign that he has arrived on the NFL scene was on Saturday morning on the football field at Lawrence North High School. It was a football camp run for younger kids who are just getting to know the game of football on it’s most basic levels.
Except this one has this soon-to-be third year Colts receivers name all over it-literally.
“It’s means a lot,” said Hilton of hosting his first camp. “Especially that’s what i’ve been been building my first two years. Just my name. My name brand. And just for them to be able to come out here and run this camp and help me build an run this camp it means a lot.
"Especially the two years I've had in Indy. This turnout is unbelievable."
The group of around 100 campers got a chance to take their picture with Hilton while also going through drills along with some pickup two-hand touch games. At times the receiver even played quarterback in the game, completing a number of passes to some of his campers with a little bit of enthusiasm added along the way.
"Just come out here and have fun," said Hilton when asked about his main piece of advice for the players. "No matter how big you are or how smart you is, no one can measure the heart that you have. So just come out here, have fun, learn a couple of things and just grow."
Hilton has taken that advice to heart in his first two seasons with the Colts in which he has emerged as one of the team's top offensive threats. He's caught 132 passes for 1,944 yards and 12 touchdowns in his career while also having the knack for a big play having caught five passes for over 30 yards -three of which were for scores.
This season, as he did at times during 2013, Hilton expects to see more attention from opposing defenses so he's not taking anything lightly as he prepares for training camp-which begins in Anderson with report day on July 23rd.
"It has been incredible," said Hilton of his first two seasons in Indianapolis. "I'm just enjoying the ride. Enjoying the moment. That's what it's all about-and I'm still learning."
Thanks to his name recognition, he gets to be a teacher for a day too.