Stokley is symbol of Colts' success

Updated: February 2, 2007, 12:40 PM ET
Believe it or not, the worst part of Super Bowl week for Brandon Stokley isn't that his torn Achilles is keeping him from playing. See, the Colts receiver knew from the moment something popped in his right leg against the Jaguars in December that, no matter how deep the Colts' playoff run went, he was done. So while watching his teammates prepare for the biggest game of their lives has been tough, he knew it was going to be that way, and has prepared himself accordingly.

No, the worst part of Super Bowl week has been going to dinner.

See, every night when Stokley joins his teammates for a meal out, he hears them talk about the game. And, after an awkward silence, one of the guys inevitably turns to Stokley and says, "You know, you're a big part of this."