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Jacob Eason could have unknowingly been getting ready to play quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts for most of his life.
Speaking to Joel A. Erickson of the Indianapolis Star, Eason recalled receiving a Peyton Manning jersey for Christmas when he was a child.
“I was a tremendously big fan of Peyton Manning,” he mentioned. “One year when I was six or seven, I got his jersey under the Christmas tree and had Colts hats, Colts shoes, you name it.”
Even although Manning left the Colts after the 2011 season, his presence continues to hover over the franchise. The 14-time Pro Bowler is the solely participant to have his jersey retired by the crew because it relocated from Baltimore to Indianapolis in 1984.
The Colts chosen Eason within the fourth spherical of the 2020 NFL draft. He will doubtless spend his rookie yr studying as a backup, with Philip Rivers taking on because the beginning quarterback.
Since Rivers is just signed for one yr, the Colts teaching workers could view Eason as a long-term choice to guide the offense. He is arriving within the NFL after a profitable 2019 on the University of Washington. The 22-year-old threw for three,132 yards and 23 touchdowns in 13 video games.