Munich – Marcel Dabo, a Reutlingen native and former cornerback for the Stuttgart Surge, made the leap into the NFL via the International Pathway Program. The 22-year-old is now under contract with the Indianapolis Colts. In a media round, Dabo provided a first glimpse into his life as an NFL player. race has collected the best statements.
Marcel Dabo about …
… his experiences on Pro Day:
I was not very excited, I was just not sure if I could call on my performance.
… his visit to the Indianapolis Colts before the draft:
It was a wonderful day. I had the chance to meet the coaches and see ties with them and think about how I would fit in defensively.
… 2022 NFL Draft:
I was not expecting anything big. My goal was just to get into the NFL. One cannot expect to be drafted as a German player, so I was just hoping that I would somehow get into the NFL.
… contact other players from IPP:
Of course, one is always in touch with the predecessors (e.g. Jakob Johnson or David Bada) in IPP. We Germans always stick together very well and have a good community.
… Jonathan Shaw, head of the Colts scout:
I had a good relationship with him, he noticed me. Because of him, I also had the opportunity to visit the Colts before the draft.
… contact with Björn Werner, who also played for the Colts and could give him some tips:
I’m in regular contact with Björn, I actually have that with all the Germans in the NFL. But of course I have to figure out for myself how things work with the Colts.
… Colts plans with him:
I talked a lot with Gus Bradley and the defensive back coaches. I played a lot of cornerbacks in Germany and I will probably be used more as a safety or nickel cornerback for the Colts.
… the defense of the Colts:
When I look at the Colts’ defensive backs, it’s just insane. I want to absorb everything like a sponge and can learn a lot.
… his interest in the NFL:
I’ve been following the NFL for a while, but have not committed to one team. But then I got games from Kenny Moore, for example [Cornerback bei den Colts, Anm. d. Redaktion] looked at to learn from him.
… the upcoming Rookie Minicamp:
I’m really excited. We need to see that we learn the game book and internalize the order and the movements. But this is of course also new area for me.
… the move from Germany to Indianapolis:
The most important thing is that you show professionalism. In Germany we trained only three times, now we go to work almost every day. I think analyzing games can be the biggest obstacle for me. It’s quite complicated, and the NFL is obviously a lot more complex than that.
… his goal with the Colts:
I want to play right away and I trust myself to do so. Especially in the special team I can help in the beginning. I want to make the team as fast as possible without having to rely on IPP.
… his chances of playing time with the Colts:
Of course, it’s hard for me to assess my chances, I have not even put my feet on the club’s terms. I will give everything in the rookie camp and I will give everything in the training camp. Step by step. And then I want to prove myself in the way that the coaches think, “He can help us on Sunday.”
… the future of international players in the NFL:
The ELF is a great way to take the plunge into the NFL. That was where I had the opportunity to play against former NFL players and Division I college players. This helps. Of course, everything has to get a little more professional in Europe. But overall, it’s nice that the NFL is getting more international because there are good talents all over the world.
… his playing style:
I’m pretty athletic and I think the Colts have the coaches to put me in the best possible position.
… contact to teammates:
I have not yet had contact with other players. I wrote Bernhard Raimann on Instagram, but I will get to know the rest of the team over the next few days.
… Bernhard Raimann (Austria, drafted in third round of 2022 NFL Draft by the Colts selected became):
Of course, we can help each other find a connection. But in general, all coaches are interested in us quickly acclimatizing.
… a possible plan B:
I studied English and sports in Stuttgart and now I want to concentrate fully on my football career. Investigations are now pending so far.
… themselves as human beings:
I will always train, train, train. But of course you have to be able to turn it off from time to time. I’m still trying to find the middle ground.
… his leisure activities:
I like to go out and eat, preferably Swabian. I’ve also seen that there’s a German restaurant here in Indianapolis, so of course I have to judge it.
… training for the NFL:
At the end of January, we trained in Arizona for ten weeks. We had a lot of athletic training and trained in the individual position groups. We trained Monday to Friday, morning to evening. I really enjoyed that. The position training in particular helped me a lot because the coaches brought a lot of expertise with them.
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