One year ago, T.Y. Hilton was putting the finishing touches on a terrific, career-defining season. He led the NFL in receiving yards with 1,448 and had a career-best 91 receptions. Yet, here he is a year later talking about … his run blocking? That’s what 2017 has come to for the Colts’ Pro Bowl wide receiver. He finds himself taking small measures of satisfaction in the little things. Just days before the Colts’ penultimate game of this lamentable season, Hilton stood in front of his stall in the back corner of the Colts locker room and spoke, in hushed tones, about putting his 2017 campaign in perspective. “Hey, if it’s blocking for Frank (Gore) or blocking for Marlon (Mack), I’m just trying to do all the little things,” Hilton said. “And I’m just trying to keep the guys up, too. I’m just trying to have fun with it when we can.” Most years, this would likely be a discussion about Hilton’s gaudy numbers or the Colts’ playoff chances. But the events of 2017 have abruptly changed the subject. For Hilton, his sixth season has been a year unlike any other. His franchise quarterback, Andrew Luck, hasn’t played. On a related note, Hilton’s numbers are way down. He might fall short of 1,000 receiving yards for the first time since his rookie year in 2012 (he’s got 852 yards on 48 receptions with two games remaining). Most of all, the Colts (3-11) are losing at a rate Hilton has never endured. And losing takes a toll.
For Colts’ T.Y. Hilton, there are lessons in the losing
Indianapolis Star | Dec 23