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Bucs' Trueblood grew up cheering for Colts

The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: March 21, 2013 at 12:47 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers left tackle Jeremy Trueblood is probably more familiar with the Indianapolis Colts than any of his teammates.

Trueblood was born in Indianapolis and attended Cathedral High in Indiana. He also grew up a Colts fan.

Tampa Bay will host Indianapolis on Monday Night Football, marking the second time in Trueblood's career he will face the Colts.

"I was a huge Colts fan," Trueblood said. "I watched every game on TV when I was little, and I definitely wanted to grow up to be a Colt. It didn't happen that way, and I've really enjoyed my time down here in Tampa.

"I still kind of keep track of the Colts. My whole family, they're all Colts fans. They've converted to Bucs fans, but they still root for the AFC Colts team. I still follow them, and I'm happy that they've had a lot of success. When I was younger they weren't quite as successful, so it's definitely gotten better since I left."

Indianapolis improved after drafting quarterback Peyton Manning in 1998, but Trueblood has fond memories of previous Colts players.

"I was really big on Billy Brooks back in the day," Trueblood said. "I loved Jim Harbaugh, and I followed the offensive line. Tarik Glenn, I thought, was a really good player. Like every other little kid, I was a big Jim Harbaugh fan."

Despite growing up as a Colts fan, Trueblood is more focused on his matchup against Indianapolis defensive end Robert Mathis.

"He's got it all," Trueblood said. "He is a good player. They say he is undersized, but I remember him being pretty strong for being an undersized guy. I feel like he has it all, and I've just got to be ready for it."


Extra points

Washington DE Ryan Kerrigan beat out Bucs LB Mason Foster for NFL defensive rookie of the month honors. …Bucs LB Quincy Black (ankle) fully participated in practice Thursday, while T James Lee (knee), TE Zack Pianalto (calf) and WR Sammie Stroughter (foot), WR Dezmon Briscoe and TE Kellen Winslow did not participate. The absences of Briscoe and Winslow were not injury related.

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