After some uncharacteristic miscues through the first two weeks, Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton got some constructive criticism that hit particularly close to home.
Even though Hilton doesn't make a ton of mistakes, his beloved grandmother is still going to call him out — and encourage him — when he does.
Hilton dropped two passes in the Colts' Week 1 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, and he shouldered the blame for the loss after the fact.
In Week 2 against the Minnesota Vikings, the typically sure-handed Hilton dropped a would-be touchdown. He didn't need to be too harsh on himself afterwards — in part because Indianapolis still won comfortably, 28-11. But also because he received a call from his grandmother about his performance.
“She just always keeps it 100 with me,” Hilton said, via the team’s website. “She always shoots it straight with me and lets me know what’s up. She’s my rock, she’s my heart, and she called me and told me that the person that she seen on TV wasn’t her grandbaby. She knew that that wasn’t me…it hurt me for her to tell me that, but she’s always kept it real. She said, ‘You look frustrated,’ and that’s not the way I play this game. I’m always happy, always excited. So I’m back to being me. I’m good.”
On the season, Hilton has seven catches for 81 yards. He's still looking for his first touchdown connection with new quarterback Philip Rivers.
Fortunately for Hilton, he should get multiple opportunities to please his team, himself, and, most importantly, his grandmother, when the Colts host the abysmal New York Jets (0-2) this Sunday.