|Those Sports Guys||
Mike Hart was a Heisman candidate his Junior and Senior year at Michigan University. He rushed for over 5,000 yard in his college career, one of only 4 players in Big Ten History to do so. A player like this should have been a lock for a top-10 pick, or at least a first round draft consideration. Mike Hart was drafted with the 36th pick in the 6th round, the 202nd pick overall. Hart was "too small" at 5'9" 209lbs to ever succeed at the professional level. Hart defied the odds and made the roster in 2008. Though Hart made the roster, he amassed a total of 2 carries for 9 yards before sustaining a season ending injury. In 2009, Hart was waived twice by the Colts and spent a fair amount of time on the practice roster of the Colts. Hart stuck with it and scored his first NFL touchdown in a throwaway game up in Buffalo in week 17 of the 2009 season. Hart had 2 carries in the Colts 2009 Super bowl loss to the Saints. Last night, that player who was "too small" to ever make it in the NFL rushed for 12 times for a career high 84 yards against the Texans. Hart averaged 7 yard a carry. I just felt like someone needed to point that out. Sports are often all about being the biggest, fastest or strongest. Mike Hart isn't that guy. But the great thing about sports is there's more to it than that. In the film room of my high school there was a sign that read " It's not the size of the fight in the dog, but the amount of fight in the dog." Mike Hart may not be the biggest "dog" but he has proved he has a lot fight in him. Mike Hart proved that a little guy with a lot of "hart" can defy the odds and do big things.