Veteran running back Dominic Rhodes is looking to revive his career three years after making his last appearance in the NFL for the Indianapolis Colts. The 35-year old had three separate spells with the Colts during his career, accompanied by a brief stint with the Oakland Raiders in 2007 and the Buffalo Bills in 2009. He also spent two seasons in the now defunct United Football League (UFL) playing for the Florida Tuskers and Virginia Destroyers. Rhodes outlined his plans on SiriusXM NFL Radio this week and hopes to make an impression during NFL OTAs this offseason.
Rhodes was picked up by the Colts following the 2001 NFL Draft as a free agent out of Midwestrn State University. He made an immediate impact on offense, scoring nine touchdowns and running for a total of 1,104 yards — the most by an undrafted free agent in league history.
The following season was spent on the treatment table following an ACL injury, and the return of star running back Edgerrin James meant Rhodes was relegated to second string duties until James’ departure prior to the 2006 season. The drafting of Joseph Addai created an effective one-two punch combination for the Colts, aiding the franchise in reaching its first Super Bowl appearance since 1970.
While Peyton Manning deservedly won MVP honors after the 29-17 victory over the Chicago Bears at Super Bowl XLI, Rhodes was the unsung hero for the Colts, running the ball 21 times on a slick surface for 113 yards and a touchdown. He would join the Raiders at the end of the 2006 season before returning to Indianapolis in 2008 and 2010, helping the Colts to the playoffs on both occasions.
Whether Rhodes is still capable of playing football at the highest level remains to be seen. His recent failed attempt with CFL franchise Montreal Alouettes suggests his career is nearing its end, and if that is the case Colts fans will be forever grateful for that wonderful performance on a rainy night in Miami seven years ago.
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