Indianapolis Colts: Antoine Bethea’s Leadership Could Take Team to New Heights

By Michael Terrill
Indianapolis Colts Antoine Bethea’s Leadership Could Take Team to New Heights
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The Indianapolis Colts blew many people away with their impressive win against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. One reason the Colts were able to complete the come-from-behind victory was because of veteran safety Antoine Bethea’s leadership skills.

The 29-year-old did not like what he saw after the Colts fell behind 12-0 in the first quarter. In fact, he disliked it so much that he decided to act on his feelings. He gathered several players together and gave an animated speech to fire up the team. Obviously, the tone was loud and clear as the message was well received.

“Something needed to be said. Somebody needed to say something,” Bethea said, according to “Just told them, ‘Look, we came out here to do something. Last time we were home, it didn’t end so well. Put a little pep in your step.”

Bethea has been fantastic on the gridiron this season. The fact is he does not need to say much because his play does most of the talking. With that being said, his vocal leadership has the potential to take the team to new heights. Indianapolis may need that leadership more than ever considering they sit atop the AFC South by themselves.

“For us to be up there at the top, that means a lot for this team,” Bethea told “We come into the year saying that’s our goal, to win our division. We got to stay hungry. We just got to continue to do the things we’ve been doing so far and just keep playing well.”

Bethea ranks second on the team with 33 total tackles. He also has recorded one interception and defended two passes.

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