Colts, Texans linked by GMs' bond

Former college teammates continue spreading lessons of perseverance

Originally Published: December 14, 2012
By Adam Schefter | ESPN.com

A key AFC South showdown Sunday in Houston has its roots in West Lafayette, Ind.

There, back in 1991, Purdue senior strong safety Rick Smith and freshman tight end Ryan Grigson -- now the general managers of the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts, respectively -- befriended each other, practiced against one another and began to build a bond that lasted beyond their college days.

During Grigson's sophomore year at Purdue, in a game against Minnesota, he absorbed a blow ...

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