Jason Fitzgerald is a professional athlete who plays football for the Indianapolis Colts. He was drafted by the team in round 5 of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football at Indiana University where he led his team to win two Big Ten championships and one national championship during his time there.
Fitzgerald’s athletic ability made him a first-round pick, but it wasn’t just his athleticism that helped make him so highly regarded. His work ethic and character are what really set him apart from other players.
In his rookie season with the Colts, Fitzgerald became the first player in franchise history to rush for 1,000 yards rushing in each of his first three seasons. He also finished second among all NFL rookies with 867 receiving yards and tied for fifth with four touchdowns.
He was named to the Pro Bowl after leading all NFL rushers with 797 total scrimmage yards (1,097 rushing). He had a career-high five 100-yard games and averaged 114.4 rushing yards per game.
His performance earned him the AFC Offensive Player of the Month Award for October after ranking third in the league with 104.8 rushing yards per contest in November. His seven 100-yard performances were tied for most in the NFL during that month, while he ranked fourth with six 200-yard efforts and was eighth with 449 all purpose yardage during that span.
He established a single-game franchise record with 246 rushing yards in a 48-20 win over Kansas City (11/15). He had touchdown runs of 80, 56 and 12 yards in the victory.
The Colts are known for having an elite offense but that hasn’t been the case in recent years. With the drafting of wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez and tight end Dallas Clark a year ago, the team knew they needed to add another weapon on the offensive side of the ball. They were able to address that issue by trading up in round two and selecting Fitzgerald.
Although the Colts added talented players to their offense through the draft, it will be up to head coach Tony Dungy to make sure they all play as a unit. If the past is any indication, the Colts will be just fine. Dungy has a history of getting the most out his players. Two prime examples are running back Edgerrin James and wide receiver Reggie Wayne. Both players were struggling before Dungy arrived in Indianapolis.
After Dungy’s arrival, both players had some of the best years of their career.
The addition of Fitzgerald should help take some of the pressure off all-pro tight end Dallas Clark as defenses won’t be able to key in on him as much.
Sources & references used in this article:
Outcomes of upper arm arteriovenous fistulas for maintenance hemodialysis access by JT Fitzgerald, A Schanzer, AI Chin, JP McVicar… – Archives of …, 2004 – jamanetwork.com
Upper arm arteriovenous fistula versus forearm looped arteriovenous graft for hemodialysis access: a comparative analysis by JT Fitzgerald, A Schanzer, JP McVicar, AI Chin… – Annals of vascular …, 2005 – Springer
Pretransplant recipient cytomegalovirus seropositivity and hemodialysis are associated with decreased renal allograft and patient survival by JT Fitzgerald, B Gallay, SE Taranto, JP McVicar… – …, 2004 – journals.lww.com