Can Richardson handle the pressure heading into his NFL debut?
The Colts rookie quarterback smartly conscripted a mental coach one year ago at the University of Florida. He's got a support system in place, and he'll need Indy's support as well.
This was the first media Wednesday of Anthony Richardson’s NFL career, the day when dozens of reporters surround the starting quarterback’s locker in the West 56th Street practice facility and pepper him with questions.
About the Jaguars, about his emotions just days before the first game of what he and every Colts fans hope is a long, productive career.
Richardson leaned against his locker and wore a perpetual smile. The day will come when he finds all of this tiresome, but for one day, he genuinely seemed to enjoy the give and take. Surrounded by a phalanx of reporters, camera mics and tape recorders near his face, he seemed utterly nonplussed, comfortable in this position that will become his station in life from here on out.
He's the face of the franchise.
And with that, there’s pressure.
Lots of it.
Is he emotionally prepared?