Before training camps kick off, a number of players and some coaches will pay tribute to people who helped them make it to the NFL as part of the AFC South Blog’s summer series: “Early Influence.”
Jerraud Powers, Colts cornerback
“The one guy that probably taught me more about football, I thought I knew a lot but he instilled a lot more -- was when coach [Will] Muschamp was at Auburn [coaching the secondary] my first two years. Talking about how to prepare, his philosophies, techniques -- all that I still take with me to this day. I still talk with him about once a month just to keep in touch. He played a real big part in making me the player that I am today.
“From a mental standpoint, he taught me how to bring the same attitude every day to practice or a game. Have the same attitude every day, like you love football, and never change that. He coached every day like it was his last day coaching. He kept that enthusiasm and that fire about him, he had it every day when it came to him coaching football. That was one thing he kept consistent and it taught me about how being consistent in the mental part and bringing it to football every day.
“I think he has an idea that I think of him this way. He was one of the main people I talked to about coming out early, he gave me his honest opinions and his advice. I think he knows I rank him pretty high on my list of guys who’ve influenced me in the game of football. He was pretty crucial.”