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Catching up with ... former Colts all-purpose back Preston Pearson

Catching up with ... former Colts all-purpose back Preston Pearson

He was drafted on a whim, a raw rookie who'd never played college football but who looked as if he might help the Colts. The gamble paid off. Preston Pearson spent 14 years in the NFL, played in five Super Bowls and earned two championship rings.

"I was blessed to play on some very, very good teams," said Pearson, 71.

An all-purpose back, he played six different positions and gained 9,545 yards in a career that began without fanfare in 1967.

"Not bad, huh?" he said from his home in Dallas. "That's what I tell my [two] sons."

The Colts picked Pearson, a basketball player at Illinois, in the 12th of 17 rounds. A long shot, he...

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