Someone never quite knows how fate will bring them home.
At least the college home, that is, for Nate Davis.
The former Ball State standout found himself bouncing between San Francisco and Seattle during his first two season in the NFL when he returned to Indianapolis in February to begin workouts.
It was then that stroke of fate-and the father of his girlfriend-that helped set forth a series of events that led to Saturday, when Davis walked into the Colts complex to make his free agent contract signing official.
"That was the main thing, I came back to Indianapolis in hoping that I would come to Indianapolis," said Davis referring to the Colts.
He got some aid in doing so from former Colts coach Tom Moore, who was apart of Davis' locked out training regimen. While doing off season workouts starting in February in the circle city with trainer Kevin Stewart, he saw a unique opportunity to work with the architect of the Colts offense under quarterback Peyton Manning.
"I met him through my girlfriend's father, knows him, their friends and I got to meet him," said Davis-and from there the meetings turned into more, no pun intended.
Davis says he asked Moore if he could do some work with the coach, who left the Colts after the 2010 season. The quarterback traveled to South Carolina to get some work and tutelage from the offensive guru while the lockout carried on.
"Showed me some easy ways to study, studied playbooks, study defenses and everything like that," said Davis of the things he learned from Moore. "Had a good workout with him for three days and after that things started moving with the process."
"I'm just happy the Indianapolis Colts gave me this opportunity, I'm going to take full advantage of this and work my tail off," said Davis, and he'll have a chance to do that under Moore's protege.
Having watched some of his play while at Ball State, Davis is well aware of Peyton Manning's exceptional expertise at the quarterback position. As a third year player in the league, its a rare opportunity for Davis to learn from one of the best at the postion in league history.
"It's an honor to play with a quarterback like that who is very talented and very smart," said Davis of Manning. "It's just going to be great to learn from him."
When he will now is the question, since Manning remains as of Saturday without a contract and his return to camp after neck surgery is unknown. Davis will join current backup Curtis Painter and recent signee Dan Orlovsky to fill in until Manning is back in the fold.
"I'm hoping," said Davis when he was asked if the quarterback might report to camp in Anderson on Sunday.
For now, at least, he'll have to settle with knowing at least half of the Colts offensive machine.