The Indianapolis (and Baltimore) Colts have had their strings of good years, with some disappointing ones sprinkled in the mix. The 1960’s Baltimore Colts teams ruled the NFL, and the 2000’s Indianapolis Colts teams were always near the top. These groups were led by stellar Hall of Famers, electrifying Pro-Bowlers, and Intimidating Champions. I present to you the All-Time Indianapolis/Baltimore Colts team.
Quarterback: Peyton Manning, Johnny Unitas (Honorable Mention: Andrew Luck)
The Colts had two of the top ten quarterbacks of all-time on their respective teams, leading them to one Super Bowl apiece. I have to give the edge to Peyton Manning, as he changed the way fans views the Colts. He turned them into a powerhouse and left a legacy.
Running Back: Edgerrin James, Lenny Moore, Eric Dickerson (Honorable Mention: Joseph Addai)
Edgerrin James is every Colts fan’s favorite Running Back. He leads the franchise in rushing yards, rushing TD’s, and rushing YPG. Yes, Eric Dickerson and Marshall Faulk played for Indy, too, but their careers weren’t highlighted in Naptown. Edgerrin James will always be a Colt. Lenny Moore is the forgotten player on all-time Colts teams. He played with the Baltimore Colts from 1956 to 1967. He was a 7-time Pro Bowler and-time First-team All-Pro. Don’t forget about good ol’ Lenny.
Wide Receiver: Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne, Raymond Berry (Honorable Mention: TY Hilton)
Marvin Harrison is the 2nd best player in Indianapolis Colts history, behind Peyton, of course. He is a Hall of Famer, Super Bowl Champion, and was recognized as one of the best receivers in the league. Absolute stud. Reggie Wayne was Marvin’s successor as Peyton’s Number One option, as will always be recognized as one of the most fun Colts players to watch. Raymond Berry is an old-timer, so finding quality stats is difficult, but he was Unitas’ go-to receiver, and is one of the best receivers in Colts history.
Tight End: John Mackey (Honorable Mention: Dallas Clark)
This was a tough battle, as both were great players for their respective franchises. I gave the edge to John Mackey; he redefined the Tight End game, and is now a Hall of Famer (Clark is not). Dallas Clark actually received the John Mackey Award in 2002, which awards the best College Football TE.
Offensive Tackles: Tarik Green, George Konze (Honorable Mention: Bobby Vogel, Anthony Costanzo)
Offensive Guards: Art Donovan, Chris Hinton (Honorable Mention: Will Wolford)
Center: Jeff Saturday (Honorable Mention: Ray Donaldson)
I have to include a snippet here. Jeff Saturday is the GOAT. Enough said.
Cornerback: Bobby Boyd, Vontae Davis, Jerry Logan (Honorable Mention: Rick Volk)
Both Bobby Boyd and Jerry Logan were part of the 1968 NFL Championship team, but overall, the Colts never had strong cornerbacks. Vontae Davis snuck onto the list due to his play in Indy. All three of these guys are multiple-time Pro Bowlers, and that’s about it.
Safeties: Bob Sanders, Antoine Bethea (Honorable Mention: Mike Adams)
Bob Sanders is the only good Safety in the Colts franchise. Sorry, but it is true. Bob Sanders is Earl Thomas III before Earl Thomas III. Sanders was a 2-time Pro Bowler, 2007 Defensive Player of the Year, and Super Bowl 41 Champion. Absolute Stud. He should be a Hall of Famer any time now.
Linebackers: Robert Mathis, Ted Hendricks, Mike Curtis (Honorable Mention: Duane Bickett)
I put Robert Mathis at Linebacker. This is his natural position, and he played the LB position for most of his career. He is one of the most loved Colts defenders in franchise history, and will always be a star in Colts fans’ hearts. He was the 2013 Defensive Player of the Year, 2013 NFL Sacks Leader, Super Bowl 41 Champion, 6-time Pro Bowler, and future Hall of Famer. Ted Hendricks is the best Linebacker to ever play for the Colts. He led the Colts to a Super Bowl V Championship over the Dallas Cowboys. He is a 4-time Super Bowl Champion, 8-time Pro Bowler, member of the 1970’s and 1980’s All-Decade Team, etc. Oh, wait, he’s a Hall of Famer, too. Why is he behind Robert Mathis. This is because I am 100% BIASED towards players that stuck out their whole career with the team.
Defensive Linemen: Dwight Freeney, Gino Marchetti (Honorable Mention: Gene Lipscomb)
Freeney has destroyed NFL Offensive Tackles throughout his whole career, from scrubs to Hall of Famers. His master of the spin move has granted him a place as one of the best Defensive Ends ever. He is a 7-time Pro Bowler, 2005 AFC Defensive Player of the Year, 2004 NFL Sack Leader, Member of the 200’s All-Decade Team, and Super Bowl 41 Champion. Also, a future Hall of Famer. I’m calling it now. Marchetti played his entire 14-year career with the Colts, and was even with them before they moved from Baltimore to Indianapolis. He was selected to the Pro Bowl 11 times in those 14 years, and was a 7-time First-team All-Pro. He was Dwight Freeney before Dwight Freeney came along.
Kicker: Adam Vinatieri (Honorable Mention: Mike Vanderjagt)
Adam Vinatieri is still going strong today. He is a 4-time Super Bowl Champion (kicking two game winning field goals for the Patriots in those Super Bowls), 3-time Pro Bowler, Member of the 2000’s All-Decade Team, and holds the record for most consecutive field goals made (44, set in 2016). Absolute legend.
Punter: Pat McAfee (Honorable Mention: Ron Stark)
Pat McAfee is hilarious. Not many guys will leave the NFL at age 29 to pursue comedy. That’s just special. He also is the Colts punting god. He is a 2-time Pro Bowler, and as he states, he should have a Super Bowl ring by now, but those got taken away.
Returner: Clarence Verdin (Honorable Mention: TY Hilton)
The Colts have put together a solid All-Time team, with some key missing pieces. Overall, their franchise did a good job.
What did you think of the list? Do you agree with the players that made it?
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