The Washington Times-Herald

Indianapolis Colts

October 30, 2012

Ballard uneasy about attention

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"I knew I couldn't make it there by just running in. So that was my last option, to jump. I knew I couldn't jump straight because I would have been knocked out of bounds. I didn't try to flip [backwards]. I just tried to turn sideways. Somehow I ended up on my back. But it all worked out," he recalled, adding that he didn't know that he had scored.
 
"I wasn't sure at all. I just hopped up and threw my hands up. I saw the referee come up and he threw his hands up too. He said touchdown, so it was a touchdown."
 
It wasn't too long after the game ended that his cell phone started buzzing.
 
“My phone is vibrating in my pocket right now. It was on [ESPN's] Top 10 [plays Sunday night]. I’m not sure what number it was, but people have been calling me and texting me. All kinds of stuff," Ballard said. "It all comes with the job description. You got to do media. Any exposure is good, so I’m happy for it.”
 
Special guest at game -- Ballard's father picked the right game to watch his son play in the National Football League for the first time.
 
“It was special for me because he wanted to come to my first start but it was in New York so he wasn’t able to make it," he said. "Then [the] last game against the Browns, he couldn’t make that game either. He said he wasn’t going to miss this one. It was better because he saw my first [NFL] touchdown.”
 
Young team coming together -- While interim coach/offensive coordinator Bruce Arians is happy with the win over the Titans, he would like to see the team develop quicker than it has.

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