Intro: Krishawn Hogan grew up in Indianapolis always dreaming of one day playing in the NFL. Last Sunday, he did just that, making his professional debut with his hometown Colts, of all teams.

INDIANAPOLIS — Krishawn Hogan played in his first football game as an 8-year-old second grader for the Buccaneers of Warren Township on Indianapolis’ east side. Ever since that day, he dreamed about getting the chance to play in the National Football League.

Last Sunday – 14 years later – Hogan fulfilled that dream by playing in his first NFL football game as a 22-year-old wide receiver for his hometown Indianapolis Colts.

The rookie — who was on the team’s practice squad before being called up to the active roster earlier in the week — made a handful of appearances in the offensive lineup at receiver and also contributed on kickoff coverage during the Colts’ 48-16 loss to the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field.

After getting into the game for a few snaps in the first half, the Indy native made a play on the opening kickoff of the second half. After Rigoberto Sanchez booted the ball to begin the third quarter, Hogan sprinted down the field and tackled Seahawks returner Tyler Lockett inside the Seattle 20-yard line.

“It was kind of weird – I got up, and I didn’t even celebrate (after the tackle),” Hogan said with a laugh after the game. “A tackle inside the 20 is pretty good, but I didn’t know what to do. I was just happy I made a play.”

Many in Indianapolis are happy as well — happy for a hometown kid that made good on his dreams against the odds. It’s remarkable for any player to make it to the very top of a game played by millions across the world, but Hogan’s story is particularly incredible.

Hogan grew up playing quarterback in Indianapolis (and, thus, naturally loved Peyton Manning), but he never had great size. He was a short reserve quarterback at Indiana high school powerhouse Warren Central for two seasons before hitting a growth spurt as a junior. In a matter of months, Hogan shot up by five inches from 5-9 to 6-2 and made the transition to wide receiver.

Awkward with his new body at first, Hogan finally saw playing time at the varsity level, but caught only 20 passes for one touchdown as a slot receiver his senior year.

After graduation, thanks to his cousin Kyler White, Hogan spent one year at Division II Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio. White had an offer to play for the Cavaliers, and he convinced the coaching staff to bring his cousin Krishawn onto the team as well.

Hogan played 10 games for Walsh in 2013, but the team released him after the season. Hogan admitted to having an attitude problem and being a little immature as a freshman. He clashed with coaches at times during the season, but one interaction did instill confidence in the young player. Offensive coordinator Adam Sherman regularly told Hogan he could someday become an NFL-caliber receiver.

Hogan didn’t believe him at first.

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