Colts visit hospital patients as part of NFL's 'Crucial Catch' program

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - The Colts had Tuesday off from practice as they prepare for the New York Jets on Sunday.

Many of them used the opportunity to take part in the Crucial Catch program, an NFL campaign which raises awareness about all types of cancer.

Some players and cheerleaders visited patients at the Indiana University Health Simon Cancer Center.

The program expands the NFL's work around breast cancer to address multiple types of cancer.

The players met a man from Scotland, being treated here in Indianapolis. Ian Smith got his first taste of football when the Colts played the Texans, but he's got some interesting friends at home.

"We got a friend back in Ireland who is an avid Colts fan. 4,000 miles away, there's an avid Colts fan who keeps saying 'bring me some memorabilia' so he'll get some of this. He'll be really happy. He'll be jealous, actually," Smith said.

Along with words of encouragement, the players and cheerleaders also delivered Colts care packages.