Created:Tuesday, July 26, 2011 10:38 p.m.CST
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Spann chooses Colts

By RYAN WOOD - rwood@daily-chronicle.com

DETROIT – Six seasons after Marshall Faulk retired, Chad Spann still can remember the Hall of Famer making highlight-reel plays with his hometown Indianapolis Colts.

Those plays left a lasting impression on Spann. They’re the reason he chose to wear No. 28. Faulk was his favorite player as a child.

Given that background, he had to take a few moments to soak in his excitement Tuesday morning when Faulk’s jersey became his.

“It was definitely amazing,” he said. “I wanted to take a picture of my helmet, No. 28. This is what I’ve been dreaming about my whole life.”

Spann signed a three-year free agent contract with the Colts on Tuesday, a day after the five-month NFL lockout ended. He’ll receive the rookie minimum $375,000 base salary if he makes the Colts’ 53-man roster.

Spann’s agent, Ken McNeill, said the former Northern Illinois running back will have to make that roster as a special teams player. Even though he didn’t return kicks much at NIU, Spann said Colts coaches have told them he’ll get plenty of reps during training camp.

With that as his NFL path, McNeill said Spann chose the Colts because it gave him the best chance to make the team.

“I would rather have him in Indianapolis than have a team take him in the late seventh round where he wouldn’t have had a chance to make the team,” McNeill said. “They like him a lot. I know they had draftable grades on him, but they needed a big, bruising back. They have a lot of stock and belief in Chad. They’ve always been the most interested team and pursued him the most. They were trying to trade back into the draft and pick him later.

“I couldn’t be happier with where Chad wound up.”

Does NIU coach Rod Carey get enough credit for NIU's season?
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