The Indianapolis Colts worked out a player on Wednesday afternoon. At 5’8” and 178 pounds, 24-year-old Austin Dillon of North Carolina doesn’t have any football experience per se, but he did play in the 2002 Little League World Series.
And he has two championships under his belt. Austin Dillon is the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion and 2011 Camping World Truck Series Champion. He is competing as a rookie driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this year.
Dillon is also a big football fan and a competitive fantasy player.
The team didn’t really work him out. But Colts special teams players Pat McAfee (punter) and Matt Overton (long snapper) did. They tossed the ball around and tested his skills throwing, catching, punting, and even went through some drills. Dillon ran a respectable 5.46 second 40-yard dash (in sneakers) at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. He also toured the weight room and locker room.
As driver of the number three car for Richard Childress racing, Dillon was presented with a custom Colts jersey. And he brought cowboy hats for his Colts hosts.
Dillon calls himself a Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots fan, which was enough to cause Colts mascot Blue to throw his hands up and walk out in disgust. But Dillon has great respect for the Colts and Andrew Luck, and says he wouldn’t be surprised to see them in the Super Bowl this year.
Prior to his workout with the Colts, Dillon visited Eagle Creek Park and tackled the Go Ape obstacle course. An active social media user, Austin Dillon (@austindillon3 on Twitter) frequently uses the hashtag #AllIn. He was certainly “all in” on Wednesday!
And when he returns for the Brickyard 400 on Sunday, July 27th, he can probably count himself a few more fans in Indianapolis.
His new friends won’t be able to join him and watch the race, as the Colts report to training camp in Anderson on July 23rd. But last I heard, Pat McAfee was talking about serving as Dillon’s “motivational speaker” at the Coke Zero 400 in Daytona on July 5th.
I’ll keep you posted…