Exciting day on the field for Colts’ 12th man
by Megan Trent
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (October 5, 2014) – The 12th man on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium for Sunday’s Colts game has been around longer than the Colts franchise itself. Peggy Dollens, a 103 year-old resident at Bethany Pointe Health Campus in Anderson, was made the Colts’ honorary 12th man and invited to attend the game with her family.
Dollens was taken to Lucas Oil Stadium in a stretch limo and directed to the sidelines, where she was able to watch the players up close and chat with a few before kickoff.
“She was honored at the Colts camp at practice as the 12th man,” explains Jenni DeLong from Bethany Pointe. “They honored her with four tickets and sideline passes, and we’re all excited.”
This would be the first Colts game for Dollens and her granddaughter, Suzette Moore.
“It’s so exciting. Grandma is just full of life and this is just an example that at 103 she still wants to get out there and experience life,” says Moore.
DeLong says accomplishing a life-long goal is something the staff at Bethany Pointe tries to provide for seniors.
“This was her dream,” says DeLong. “We do live a dream at Bethany Pointe. Trilogy has a program that we honor wishes for the elderly, and this was one of her wishes, to attend a Colts game.”
From her seat on the sidelines, Dollens was also able to talk with the Colts’ staff and referees. Country star Trace Adkins, who was performing at the game, even came over to chat with Dollens and give her a quick kiss on the cheek.
Then Dollens was escorted onto the field, where her name was called over the speakers and the crowd applauded. Dollens smiled from ear to ear as she waved to the sea of blue and white.
“It’s a nice surprise. I’ve enjoyed it,” Dollens tells Fox59, sporting her brand new “12th” jersey.
There was one other hope for her big day; Dollens wanted a win. Her wish was granted, as the Colts beat the Ravens 20 to 13.