He's Polian dynamite

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 12:19 PM ET

Take Bill Polian's word for it, the NFL is the ultimate democracy.

After all, the president of the Super Bowl-champion Indianapolis Colts has former U of C Dino star Dan Federkeil on his club after giving the Canadian a shot when no other NFL team would.

Now Federkeil, an offensive lineman, will get a Super Bowl ring in June and Polian will continue to unearth players from non-traditional places.

"The message is clear: It doesn't matter where you play or what level you play, if you have the ability, we'll find you," said Polian, who spoke at the 24th Dinos Fifth Quarter dinner last night.

"It doesn't matter where you came from, what your last name is, how much money your parents have, where you went to school.

"If you can play, you're going to make it in the National Football League and Dan's a good example of that."

And Polian's a great example of how a good executive runs a tight ship.

Since Polian joined the Colts in 1998, no NFL team as won more regular-season games or had more playoff appearances.

The Colts are 89-39 and are the only squad to make the playoffs in seven of the last eight seasons, including a Super Bowl and four division championships.

Polian has a keen eye for talent and, under his watch, the Colts have drafted the likes of quarterback Peyton Manning, running backs Edgerrin James and Joseph Addai, defensive end Dwight Freeney and stalwart defensive back Bob Sanders.

But he's also had some experience in the CFL after building Grey Cup title teams in Winnipeg and Montreal before joining the Buffalo Bills in 1985.

In fact, Polian remembers the last time he was in Calgary, back in 1984 with the Blue Bombers as their player personnel director.

"It's sure changed a lot since I was last here. It's so much bigger and there are so many new subdivisions," said Polian.

KEY RECRUITS

The Dinos yesterday announced two top-notch recruits have committed to the football program.

Receiver Anthony Parker, a graduate of Foothills Composite high school in Okotoks, will be join the club after starting on Canada's championship under-19 team. He also scored 30 TDs, ran for more than 700 yards with more than 1,000 receiving yards.

Joining Parker is receiver/defensive back Matt Little, who went to the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute and caught 47 passes for 832 yards and six TDs.


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