Former Irwin County star Justin Anderson is returning to Indianapolis this week, hoping to earn his job again with the Colts.
Anderson spent his 2012 rookie season on the Colts' practice squad after battling injuries.
Now, he says he's healthy and ready to go.
"I just pray to God that I keep my job," Anderson says. "Last year, I didn't see much playing time being injured off and on."
Anderson was drafted out of Georgia in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Now he says he wants to feel the energy of an NFL sideline on gameday again.
"Just to stand on that sideline, and that energy that goes on Sunday afternoons, there's nothing like it," says Anderson.
This coming from a guy who played in front of 90,000-plus in Sanford Stadium on Saturdays.
"College is something, you know? Standing out there in Sanford Stadium with 97,000 people," he laughs. "But pro ball is another level."
Anderson shared his rookie season with Colts QB Andrew Luck, who led Indy to the playoffs last season.
Many considered Luck the best QB prospect since John Elway, and after blocking for him, Anderson believes the hype.
"He's the real deal. I'm not taking anything from Elway, but Andrew's my pick," he says. "I'm honored to say I got to block for this guy in practice."
Anderson was back in Ocilla Wednesday with fellow former Indian star Dre Barnes to kick off a three-day football camp.
The pair are two of Irwin County's all-time greats, and say the camp is a chance for them to set a good example to the community's youth on what happens if you work hard.
"Around here in these small towns, it's so easy to get in trouble and so easy to get off track because you don't have much to do," says Anderson. "So anytime we can come back home and show some love and give back, it's a good thing."
"We just want to show the kids that it is possible to get out of this community and be successful in life," says Barnes. "We just want to show them that they do have a chance."
Barnes ended his career as the Indians' all-time leading rusher and was the 2000 Region 2-AA Offensive Player of the Year.
He went on to Liberty University, where he was named the 2003 Big South Offensive Player of the Year.
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