News and Tribune

Sports

October 30, 2012

COLTS NOTEBOOK: Ballard getting noticed after Sunday’s overtime TD

INDIANAPOLIS — Rookie Vick Ballard admits that he’s a little uneasy about all the attention Sunday’s LP Field leap into the end zone is garnering among Indianapolis Colts fans and the team’s media.

Don’t get Ballard wrong. The first-year running back from Mississippi State appreciates all the comments and good wishes that’s been coming his way after scoring the game-winning touchdown against AFC South rival Tennessee.

But it’s just not his nature to brag about himself. Ballard doesn’t have much of an ego. He’s a team guy first and foremost, so he would rather talk about how the Colts’ 19-13 victory effects everybody else.

“Special people do special things,” he responded Monday after being asked to describe his backwards somersault on the final play of Sunday’s game. After realizing what he had said, Ballard quickly corrected himself.

“I’m not saying I’m special. But if the time is right, [somebody has to] do something special. So I did.”

In discussing the play, Ballard said that he knew that he wouldn’t be able to reach the end zone unless he attempted the airborne move. He’s had experience with similar situations while in college.

“It wasn’t my first time doing it but it was my first time scoring a touchdown. My first time doing it was actually my junior year against Arkansas in overtime. I ended up fumbling the ball through the end zone and lost the game,” he recalled.

“Then last year I did it and went out at the inch-yard line. This year for me to actually score in my rookie year, in overtime, to win the first game on the road since 2010, it was real big for me.”

As for his LP Field leap, Ballard said that he made a split-second decision to try it again.

“I knew I couldn’t make it there by just running in. So that was my last option, to jump. I knew I couldn’t jump straight because I would have been knocked out of bounds. I didn’t try to flip [backwards]. I just tried to turn sideways. Somehow I ended up on my back. But it all worked out,” he recalled, adding that he didn’t know that he had scored.

“I wasn’t sure at all. I just hopped up and threw my hands up. I saw the referee come up and he threw his hands up too. He said touchdown, so it was a touchdown.”

It wasn’t too long after the game ended that his cell phone started buzzing.

“My phone is vibrating in my pocket right now. It was on [ESPN’s] Top 10 [plays Sunday night]. I’m not sure what number it was, but people have been calling me and texting me. All kinds of stuff,” Ballard said. “It all comes with the job description. You got to do media. Any exposure is good, so I’m happy for it.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
LOCAL MAGAZINES
SPECIAL CONTENT
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
NTSPY Awards Ceremony


Photos from the 2014 NTSPY Awards Ceremony held June 26, 2014

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground