Feb. 4, 2010
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Curtis Painter is having the time of his life.
The former Purdue quarterback is a rookie with the Indianapolis Colts, who are set to play in Super Bowl XLIV against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday in South Florida.
Painter, who ranks second in school and Big Ten history with 11,163 passing yards, is the backup to legendary Colts' quarterback Peyton Manning. Painter appeared in Indianapolis' last two regular-seasons after the Colts had secured home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
This morning, Painter provided the following account of his Super Bowl week experience:
"So far, it has been a great trip. We got in town early Monday evening and had some free time that night, so a few guys and I went to a great Italian restaurant.
On Tuesday, we had our big media day at the stadium in Miami, as well as our team picture. Media day was a pretty crazy experience. It made me realize the type of worldwide exposure that the Super Bowl gets. There were reporters from all different counties. I should mention that it was nice to see Mike Cleff from the television station in West Lafayette - a familiar face from Purdue. The rest of the day we had time to relax. It was nice to have a little free time.
Wednesday evening was our first day of practice down here It was good to get back to work. As we get closer to Sunday, preparations are starting to wind down, and everyone is excited. Today, most of the players' families and friends get in town, so it will be awesome seeing them and sharing this wonderful experience with them."