With the lack of football news at this point in the offseason, I thought I would count down the greatest Colts players of all time. This will include Baltimore and Indianapolis Colts. The years represent the player’s tenure as a Colt.
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10. Robert Mathis, DE, 2003-2017
The recently retired Mathis goes down as one of the greatest sack artists to ever play the game of football. He ranks 17th on the all time sack leaderboard with 123, and in 2013, he recorded 19.5 sacks, ranking 12th all time for sacks in a single season. Mathis struck fear into opposing defenses, and was a major contributor on the mid 2000s Colts teams.
9. Eric Dickerson, RB, 1987-1991
Although he is mostly known for his dominance with the Los Angeles Rams, Dickerson was quite prolific for the Colts. In 1988, Dickerson was named to the all pro first team, recording 1,659 yards and 14 touchdowns. The Colts hit a home run in trading for Dickerson in the 1987 season.
8. Edgerrin James, RB, 1999-2005
Although Faulk and Dickerson were great in Indianapolis, the “Edge” will go down as the king of Colts’ running backs. He is the all time Colts leader in carries, rushing yards, and touchdowns with 2,188, 9,226, and 64 respectively. James had one of the most impressive starts to a career in NFL history. He was the offensive rookie of the year in 1999, a pro bowler in 1999 and 2000, and won the rushing title for both of those two years. Like so many others, his career was derailed by injuries, keeping him from becoming one of the best running backs of all time.
7. Gino Marchetti, DE, 1953-1966
Marchetti was the NFL’s first dominant defensive lineman. He played in an era where sacks and tackles were not recorded, so we will just have to go off of his 11 Pro Bowls, seven all pro selections, two NFL championships, and an eventual Hall of Fame induction. Marchetti is not widely known, but he is the predecessor to dominant defensive ends such as Deacon Jones, Reggie White, Bruce Smith, and J.J. Watt. Marchetti was the original sack artist, and changed the game of football for the better.
6. Jeff Saturday, C, 1999-2011
Peyton Manning’s right hand man is one of the greatest Colts of all time, an one of the greatest centers to every play the game. Saturday was the backbone of a great Colts offense, and often was overshadowed by players such as Manning, Marvin Harrison, and Edgerrin James. He was a two time all pro player, and a six time Pro Bowler. At the 2013 Pro Bowl, Saturday playing for the Packers switched teams and snapped the ball to Peyton Manning one last time in an emotional performance, marking the end to a Hall of Fame career.