Clint "Class is in" Session, "The Teacher", "Papa Smurf". You can call him whatever you want. The fact of the matter is that Clint Session is a VERY important piece of our defense. Since his humble beginnings as a standout at Blanche Ely High School in Pompano Beach, Florida he has worked his way to becoming a pro bowl (yes pro bowl) caliber linebacker for our beloved Indianapolis Colts.
A fourth round draft pick out of the football powerhouse that is Pittsburgh...........
The Beard played in 13 games (starting 1) in his rookie season. He compiled 26 combined tackles, 2 interceptions and 1 forced fumble. All in limited playing time. Not bad for someone who is "too small", "not decisive or aware in pass defense" and "is easily blocked from the action." The Beard became a machine in his second season, a tackling machine if you will. In his sophmore season he started 15 games. He totaled 94 tackles, good enough for 4th on the team behind Bethea, Brackett and former starter Freddie Keiaho. He had 3 forced fumbles which was good enough for 3rd on the team, behind (yes you guessed it) Freeney and Mathis. The Colts knew they had found a player they could use to change our defense's perception by the MSM.
Here we are, 13 games into the season. Session has surpassed his tackle total this year and leads the Colts in tackles. He is seemingly everywhere. Always coming up with big stops on 3rd and 4th downs. A big reason that I believe is helping The Beard is our new found option to blitz opposing offense. The Beard or The Brack are usually the guys to do the blitzing and it has changed the face of our defense. Our bend but not break philosophy along with our "Blitz you when you want last years Colts D" (coined by myself, very original I know) has created this number 2 scoring defense. Number 2!
So I know you're confused. Let me break it down for you. Clint "The Beard" Session is a beast. Check. The Colts still have a great offense. Check. They also have the number 2 scoring defense in the league. Checkity, check, check check.
By all means he is not the only guy to turn this defense around. There are others and they will get their props too. He's just too hairy to ignore. This guy. I like this guy. Reminds me of that great linebacker who was also an assassin. I'm going to call this guy the Bearded Assassin because he has a beard and he's like an assassin.
Heres to a mainstay in our linebacker corps, Clint "Class is in" Session, "The Teacher", "Papa Smurf", "The Beard". You can call him whatever you want. The fact of the matter is that Clint Session is a VERY important piece of our defense.