INDIANAPOLIS (WIVB) - "Its pretty cool." That's how Drew Willy describes hiscurrent job, as a practice squad quarterback with the undefeatedIndianapolis Colts. What makes it even cooler is that he's onsame team as his hero, Peyton Manning.
Willy signed with the Colts last week. He is not on theactive roster, but he's only the third quarterback on the team,behind Manning and backup Curtis Painter.
But what makes this a cool story starts in 2005. Willy wasa freshman QB at U.B., thrown into a game against Western Michigan.He showed signs of the future by throwing for 288 yards and twotouchdowns. At the time, an Bulls assistant coach was BrianPolian, son of Colts President and GM Bill Polian. Brian hadhis Dad get Manning to send a note to Willy. It told theyoung QB to keep up the good work, and focus on the mental part ofthe game. Brian Polian knew that Manning was the one NFLquarterback that Willy admired most, and thought the note wouldprovide inspiration. It did, and WIlly proudly had it framedand hung it on the wall of his New Jersey home.
FIve years later, Drew can get advice from Peyton by leaningover to him in the quarterback meeting room.
"It's pretty crazy how things work out."
It could be even crazier for Drew. While its a longshot,the Colts could activate him for the final three games of theseason. With home field advantage clinched, they will likelylimit Manning's playing time for the final three games. Ifthey wanted a third QB on the active roster to play in case Painterwas hurt, that could be Willy.
Guess where the Colts final game will be played? Buffalo,against the Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Now that would really be "pretty cool."
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