Colts rookie Donte Moncrief turned pro to support family

Like many of the record 98 underclassmen who declared for this year’s draft, Donte Moncrief went pro to finally get paid for his talents.

Moncrief, however, isn’t lining his own pockets.

The Colts’ rookie receiver told the Indianapolis Star he entered the NFL to support his family, which has grown since his time at Ole Miss.

“It was just time,” he said. “I had some family (issues) that I needed to help with. I’ve got a daughter now, and that’s the big thing.”

The 20-year-old Moncrief became a father ten months ago, but has watched his father, Spencer, suffer from a bone disease for the last two years, leaving him unable to work.

“My mom’s been all alone working,” Moncrief said. “I just wanted to be able to help my family and provide for my daughter.”

Moncrief soon will be able to do just that. As Indianapolis’ third-round pick, he’s slated to receive a four-year, $2.476 million contract — including a $539,800 signing bonus.

A favorite among the draftnik community, the 6-foot-1, 224-pound wideout, who ran a 4.4 forty at the NFL Combine, offers high potential for the Colts’ offense.

If he lives up to it, Moncrief will earn another contract down the line, one that would set up he and his family very, very nicely.

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Zack Kelberman
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