by Larra Overton
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 28, 2015) -- Even if you haven’t seen him in action at Lucas Oil Stadium, you’ve probably seen him out and about in the community or maybe even in the CBS4 studio.
“Blue” is not just the Colts' mascot, he’s a community ambassador and one of the most recognizable characters in professional sports.
But who is behind “Blue?"
“Really what you see with Blue is just my personality wrapped in fur.”
That hug-sharing, nostril-flaring, flag-waving personality is one of the league’s most recognizable figures. Underneath the blue fur and beyond the high-fiving, hip-shaking antics is Trey Mock.
“I get to almost be this superhero in a way to kids, because no one knows who I am,” Mock said.
The Georgia-native’s path to 10-year NFL veteran isn’t much different than those of the players he runs out onto the field each home game. Always an athlete, Mock was drawn to the role of “Aubie” the Tiger at Auburn. Just like any NFL prospect, teams seek talent from top college programs.
“I look back at videos now when I was ‘Aubie,’ and let's just say I’ve grown a lot since then,” Mock reflected.
The Falcons recruited Mock to Atlanta before he even finished his final college credits.
“I thought I can always go back and finish school,” Mock said. “But I’m probably not going to have this opportunity again.”
A stint in Buffalo followed. Then Indy called, wanting to create a new character for the Colts.
“That was an amazing opportunity--to be a character that I got to design. I get to design my own school shows and really design it from the ground up.”
Thus, “Blue” was born.
“It really is an extension of me,” Mock said. “And it’s just my baby.”
Mock’s offspring is much more than you see on the field. His most rewarding experiences are engaging with local kids through hands-on school shows and hospital visits.
“The best moments are those where you’re at a hospital and there’s this kid who’s having a lot of tough days and you get to go in there, even if it’s just for a second and make that child laugh and forget about what’s going on,” Mock said.
And that “Blue” blood runs throughout the Mock family. Trey met his wife Ali when she was a Colts cheerleader. They’ll welcome baby number two in January.
“At the end of the day, I want to do the best job but be the best dad and the best husband,” Mock said.
As a father, Mock aims to share his passion with the next generation.
“If I can do it long enough for my son to do 'Junior Blue,' that would just mean the world to me to be on the field with him and for him to experience what Dad does for a living.”
But this Colt doesn’t plan to be put out to pasture any time soon.
“As long as my heart is beating I’ll still be inside the costume.”