Following this year’s National Football League draft, the Indianapolis Colts have made a major score in the talent department. When things get back to normal, the two-time Super Bowl champs (1971, 2007) will welcome a former Smyrna Bulldog to the organization. It will not be a running back, lineman, or wide receiver, but rather a position of far more importance.
Any successful football team has people behind the scenes that really and truly make it all possible. Most do not realize the things that happen between the lines are a result of tireless hours of work by the administrative staff. This is where the brilliance of Hannah Potter comes in to play.
A “four year starter” on the Smyrna High football managerial staff, the 2016 graduate made life much easier for the Bulldogs during her tenure. Always prepared or preparing, Potter was an integral part of a highly successful program.
“We have had a lot of wonderful student assistants at Smyrna over the years,” says Bulldog head coach Matt Williams. “Hannah ranks right there at the top. She always had everything, and I mean everything, organized and ready to go. She genuinely loves the game of football and is an invaluable asset to whatever program she is a part of. She’s a great young lady and the Indianapolis Colts are getting a quality individual. We are very proud of her.”
After her days of helping guide the Dogs down the right path, Hannah went slightly north and became a part of the Western Kentucky program. Lending her expertise to the Hilltoppers, Hannah helped them reach all new heights. Since she walked on campus in Bowling Green, Western has won two bowl games and one conference championship.
The experience that began for a high school freshman has now morphed into an eight year success story. Learning along the way, Potter has picked up some valuable life experience while making sure her football teams are winning on and off the field.
“I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I walked into Coach Williams office back in 2012,” says Potter. “Everything has worked out great. Over the years I have learned a lot about many different things. Equipment, field maintenance, and problem solving have all been a part of it. Some of it was taught, some of it I just had to figure out on my own.”
So now it is time for Potter to take her game to the next level. Having walked off the Western Kentucky campus with a degree in Sports Management and a minor in business administration, Hannah is looking to help the Colts find success. Having accepted a position as Team Operations Intern, Potter is anxious to see what life is like at the next level.
“It’s very exciting to think about this next step in life,” says Potter. “We don’t know exactly what is going to happen just yet because of the current state of the world. Once the NFL makes a decision about training camp and the season we will know more about my role with the team and such.”
Hopes are widespread for a return to some sort of the normalcy we have all become accustomed to. Football has given this ambitious young lady an avenue to direct her talent. To this point, the teams Hannah has been a part of have enjoyed much success between the lines. Thanks to people like her it has been possible. For her this endeavor has been about way more than a blitz package, lining the field, or fixing football helmets. It has been about winning the game of life and that is something she looks to continue for the Colts.
“Perhaps the best thing about my football experience is the people I have connected with,” says Potter. “I grew my family at Smyrna and expanded it even more at Western. I kind of became like a mom to some of these guys. I love my players and treasure all the great relationships we have formed. Hopefully that can continue.”
As long as the Colts give her a chance…it will.