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Safety Bethea Says He Still Looks to Improve Entering His Fourth Season

Colts Pro Bowl safety Antoine Bethea says that as he enters his 4th NFL season, he thinks he will be even better. “I’m still a young player, coming into my fourth year,” Bethea said to during the Colts’ recent offseason conditioning program.

“It’s flying by. It just seems like yesterday I was walking in here trying to get onto the team. It’s been a long road, but a good road. I think I’ve done what I can do and I want to elevate my game. I’m only 24. If I tell you I can’t elevate my game, that’s not good. I always see myself elevating, trying to be in the conversation with some of the best safeties in the league.”

He was a 6th round pick back in 2006, and ended up as a starter for the team during their Super Bowl season as they topped the Bears in Super Bowl XLI. Last season he started all 16 regular season games and the playoff game against the Chargers.

“That was one of the things I was really trying to stay focused on – keeping my body healthy, and being on the field for 16 games,” Bethea said. “That was something I really had a lot of pride in last year. That’s one thing, just knowing the coaches know and the players know that Antoine’s going to be out there, giving 100 percent, whatever he’s got.

“Not saying I didn’t give up any big plays, but I want my teammates to say, ‘I know he’s back there and it’s somebody we can count on.’

The Colts have come to expect it, as well they should with the way that Bethea has played so far in his career in the NFL.

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