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Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Dominic Rhodes' personality a nice addition

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Dominic Rhodes survived a bad fumble Sunday. Other than that, I have trouble finding any negatives about his return to the Indianapolis Colts, who brought him back on Dec. 7 with a $25,000 transfer fee to the UFL where he played for the Florida Tuskers this season.

Indianapolis Colts running back Dominic Rhodes
Running back Dominic Rhodes has been a welcome addition for the Colts.
He has averaged 4.6 yards on 37 carries in three games. More importantly, I think his reappearance in the locker room gave some teammates a boost.

I believe Bill Polian drafts guys who fit his system and the Colts put a pretty solid emphasis on character. Then, knowing there is solid veteran leadership in place starting with Peyton Manning, they figure the personality of the position groups take care of itself, evolving within the team’s building.

Still, Rhodes is a different guy and I believe his presence has a positive effect. Many of his teammates light up a bit when they talk about him.

A sampling:
Rhodes enjoyed playing the UFL, because he was still playing. A guy who once could have been a Super Bowl MVP didn’t mind life in the minor leagues at all.

“It’s a kid’s game and that’s how I play it, I love this game,” he said. “This game has meant a lot to me in my life, it’s taken me out of a lot of situations and brought me to a lot of great situations.

In my life I put it very high, I put my teammates very high and I treat them like brothers. If that’s what I bring to the locker room and they like it, I love it.”