ANDERSON - The eyes of a Raven never fail-even when they've traded in the purple.
It might be while the sight of black and yellow immediately put up a red flag for Colts safety Tom Zbikowski.
"Zibbie saw it and said 'Coach, we've got to do something about it," is how Chuck Pagano remembers the start of an unusual string of events at the beginning of Monday afternoon's training camp practice.
What it was seemed highly unusual for a practice featuring fans sporting the team's traditional colors of blue and white. Maybe that's why Zach Simmons stood out so much.
"I was mainly trying to get Mewelde Moore and Bruce Arians attention," said the Anderson native-and to do so he wore his black Pittsburgh Steelers No. 92 James Harrison jersey to do so.
Instead it caught the eyes of Zbikowski and then Pagano, both former Baltimore Ravens who tussled often with the division-rival Steelers in a series of "No Love Lost" contests. Instead of letting Simmons be among the hundreds of other fans, the Colts coach decided to do something about it.
Call it a trade to keep old hostilities from escalating.
"I went over there-he's a huge Arians fan obviously and Mewelde Moore-and so with a little bit of coaxing and an Andrew Luck jersey I said 'Look, you've gotta put this jersey on. If you do it, you get to stay.
"'If not, we've got to escort you out of here."
Pagano wasn't exactly joking either, which Simmons noticed immediately.
"I was shocked, didn't know what to do," said the fan. "He was an ex-Raven, didn't want to show me any respect, but he won me over. He's a good dude."
Despite his strong ties to his Steelers, the fan accepted the jersey from Pagano and sported the white No. 12 Andrew Luck jersey for the next two hours.
"He wanted to see practice and meet Bruce and them afterward, so it was a good deal," said Pagano-even if it meant trading in the black and yellow for one afternoon.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun