Grossman's relatives share link to Colts

Chicago QB's grandfather, uncle played for Baltimore



February 01, 2007|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,Sun reporter

MIAMI -- Rex Grossman's parents live 45 minutes south of Indianapolis and own Colts season tickets.

But the family tree of the Chicago Bears quarterback has roots reaching to when the Colts played in Baltimore.

Grossman's grandfather, Rex Grossman Sr., played three seasons (1948 to 1950) for the Baltimore Colts.

"My grandfather died right before I was born, but my dad told me stories about him," said Grossman, whose grandfather died of a heart attack in 1980 at age 56. "I was raised ... to always play tough and be intense and have a lot of fun."

Grossman also had an uncle who played for the Colts.

Terry Cole was a running back for them in 1968 and was the runner-up for Rookie of the Year that season. He played on the Colts team that was upset by the New York Jets in the Super Bowl in Miami in January 1969.

QB's last tango

Colts quarterback Peyton Manning said the most pressure he has ever felt was acting in an eighth-grade school play called The Boyfriend, in which he played the role of Miguel and had to wear a red-ruffled tuxedo shirt and a yellow cummerbund.

In one scene, he even had to dance the tango with a girl.

"There is video, but don't look for it. It's deep in the Manning vault, I can assure you," Manning said.

Fortunate physical

Bears right guard Roberto Garza is thankful to be in the NFL.

A year after playing with the Atlanta Falcons in the 2004 NFC championship game, Garza thought he could be out of football when he failed a physical with the Ravens during a free agent visit in 2005. Garza doesn't have an anterior cruciate ligament in one of his knees.

Twelve days after his visit to the Ravens - who then settled for Keydrick Vincent at right guard - Garza signed with the Bears and has been a major factor in the success of their running game.

"It was definitely a low point in my career and in my life," Garza said about his failed physical with the Ravens. "Now here I am at the high point of it. It's been a tough road, but I've been very fortunate."

Manning mimic

Third-string quarterback Kyle Orton worked with the scout team, simulating Manning, as the Bears held their first extensive practice of the week.

Orton, a starter for most of 2005 who didn't throw a pass this season, tried to mimic Manning's mannerisms at the line of scrimmage with a lot of gesturing and moving.

Harper sits out

Colts starting cornerback Nick Harper didn't practice because of a sore ankle but insists he will play in the Super Bowl.

Listed as questionable, Harper worked on the stationary bike and lifted weights to get the ankle stronger.

"Since I am the only guy on this team battling injuries, I can't let the guys down," said Harper, who tied for the team lead with three interceptions this season.

End zone

Umpire Carl Paganelli and back judge Perry Paganelli will become the first brothers to officiate together in the Super Bowl. ... A no-fly zone has been established for Sunday that extends for 10 miles in every direction around Dolphin Stadium.

Wire reports contributed to this article.

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