To the Indianapolis Colts, fullback Jim Finn is proving to be anything but irrelevant. Dubbed "Mr. Irrelevant" when the Chicago Bears selected him with the 253rd and final pick in the 1999 NFL Draft, the former Penn star has made the final roster cut for the Colts and will make his NFL debut this weekend. Finn's status as the Colts' starting fullback was made official when the team released veteran fullback Paul Shields earlier this week. Although the 240-pound, 5'10" back will see some carries, his primary responsibility will be to block for Colts stars Edgerrin James and Peyton Manning. During the preseason, Finn was fourth on Indianapolis with 63 yards on 22 carries. He also caught five passes for an additional 63 yards. When he left Franklin Field after leading Penn to the 1998 Ivy League championship, Finn was fourth in Quakers history with 2,251 career rushing yards and fifth with 180 points. This was despite spending only two seasons on offense after switching from safety to running back following his sophomore season. As a senior, Finn captured the Bushnell Cup as the Ivy League's Player of the Year, racking up a single-season Penn record 1,450 rushing yards and scoring 17 touchdownsComments powered by Disqus
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