Ahmad Bradshaw, 28, spent the first six years of his career with the New York Giants, accounting for more than 5,000 yards and winning two Super Bowls. It was a wonderful time in his life.
Unfortunately, that time came to an end in February 2013, when he was released.
“It was like losing a family member,” Bradshaw said on The Doug Gottlieb Show. “I became family with a lot of those guys up in New York. I just felt like that was my home. It’s kind of like losing a family member. There’s a lot of devastation just knowing that you have to leave your family.”
Bradshaw signed with the Colts in June 2013, hoping to prove himself in a new place. Instead, he had season-ending neck surgery after Week 3. Now fully healthy, Bradshaw has more than proven himself in 2014. He’s carried 25 times for 150 yards (6.0 yards per carry) and has 12 receptions for 114 yards (9.5 yards per catch) and three touchdowns.
“I give everything I have,” Bradshaw said. “I give it all on Sundays. Not to be able to play football – not playing last year and to come out this year – it’s like another chip on my shoulder. Proving yourself again, it’s something I’ve been doing my whole career – proving just how talented I am and how much I can help a team.”
Bradshaw, in fact, has been far more efficient than backfield teammate Trent Richardson, who has rushed 41 times for 156 yards (3.8 yards per carry). Bradshaw also has the most receiving touchdowns on the team – not among running backs, but among all pass-catchers.
“With me being able to catch the ball and protect Andrew (Luck), I take pride in just being a part of this Colts organization, this Colts offense,” Bradshaw said. “It’s been a whirlwind. Going from not playing to scoring touchdowns and being the leading receiver in touchdowns for the Colts, it’s been a whirlwind.”
Indianapolis (1-2) began the season with two heartbreaking losses – 31-24 at Denver, 30-27 against Philadelphia – before getting into the win column this past Sunday in Jacksonville. The Colts host the Titans (1-2) this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.
You should expect another good game from Bradshaw – and another great one from Luck, who is third in the league in passing yards (912) and first in touchdowns (nine).
“His drive to win,” Bradshaw said when asked what makes Luck special. “He wants to win no matter what. He never gives up. With him, a play’s never over. He makes a lot of plays with his feet. He can throw the ball anywhere you want him to on the field. His will to win is as strong as mine. I love to win. I hate losing. Just to be out there (with) his passion for the game, it’s so exciting to be around a guy like that, especially a quarterback who’s going to do anything. He’s going to take hits. He’s going to do anything to win.”