Whistle: Indianapolis Colts Rodrigo Blankenship Introduces LEGO and Sneaker Collections
The most underrated position on a soccer team usually ends up being the kicker.
Kickers are the players on an NFL team who are not fully appreciated for their skills but are the first to be criticized when they make a mistake.
This can be a very difficult position to play in terms of job security, where a few missed kicks could result in a cut.
So what do you think kickers could do to relax or take the pressure off?
For Indianapolis Colts kicker Rodrigo Blankenship, that means putting together LEGO sets and adding to his sneaker collection.
Whistle, the sports and entertainment media company, recently featured Blankenship in its “My Passions” series where “Hot Rod” spoke of his love for LEGOs and shoes.
“In training camp I was competing with another kicker (Eddy Pineiro) to be the guy,” Blankenship said. “There was nothing else I could do to help my case. I had given all the blows I was going to give and I just needed something to clear my mind. I picked up a little LEGO Ferrari set and it just put me in a good headspace while we waited for this moment to come.
“So, I just figured out what better way to do it than to build LEGOs,” Blankenship said.
The episode shows Blankenship’s LEGO collection at his Indianapolis home. He admits to having ridden between 80 and 100 sets in his life. His LEGO collection also shows his love for Star wars and the wonder movies.
With his extensive LEGO collection, Blankenship is also a sneaker enthusiast. With between 80 and 90 pairs of shoes, his unique sneaker collection is perhaps the best of any kicker in the league. From Boosts to Yeezys to LeBron, Hot Rod has it all.
But that doesn’t stop with sneakers, as Blankenship will pair his shoes with a specific pair of socks. wonder Adidas Ultra Boosts get wonder socks, Galaxy Nike Air Max 90s get Galaxy socks, and so on. This helps to make his vast collection even more special.
The “My Passions” series provides a behind-the-scenes look at athletes and allows fans to learn more about them. Not only does Blankenship love LEGOs and sneakers, but he thinks he has something in common with Tom Brady: Both are Jedi.
“Tom Brady would be the Jedi master,” Blankenship remarked. “I don’t mean to say I’m a Padawan but I feel like now I’m like a Jedi Knight. I have a little experience but I still have a long way to go.
If Hot Rod can become the kickers’ Tom Brady, or even be the fitting successor to Colts great Adam Vinatieri, Colts fans will be delighted.
Kickers can be overlooked but can be some of the most interesting people in the entire locker room, and Blankenship is the perfect example.
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