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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5. Reggie Wayne, WR, 2001-2014
Wayne would undoubtedly be higher on this list if it were not for the man in the number two spot on this list. Wayne is second all time leader for the Colts in receiving yards and touchdowns for a career, with 14,580 and 82. In 2017, Wayne recorded 1,510 yards and 10 touchdowns. Wayne will always be known as the second greatest receiver in Colts history. 4. Dwight Freeney, DE, 2002-2012
The fact that Freeney and Robert Mathis were snubbed from Elliot Harrison‘s list of the top five best pass rushing duos in NFL history is disrespectful anbd appalling, but that is another story for another day. Freeney is one of the best pass rushers of all time without question. Freeney routinely dominated Hall of Fame linemen such as Walter Jones, Jonathan Ogden, and more. Striking fear into opposing defense was nothing more than a hobby for Dwight Freeney.
3. Johnny Unitas, QB, 1956-1972
Unitas revolutionized the quarterback position in the NFL. In a time where the league had a run-first mindset, Unitas dared to be different. In an era where passing was thought of as “soft”, he threw for over 40,000 yards and 290 touchdowns. All of these years later, he still ranks 18th all time in career passing yards and 13th in career passing touchdowns. Unitas was the first elite gunslinger, and an all time Colts legend.
2. Marvin Harrison, WR, 1996-2008
If Wayne is the second greatest Colts receiver of all time, Harrison is the first, and its not even close. Harrison is the all time Colts leader in receiving yards and touchdowns; him and Peyton Manning have the most touchdowns between a receiver-quarterback duo in NFL history with 114. He is sixth all time in receiving yards, third in catches, and holds the record for most receptions in a single season with 143 in 2002. In that same season, Harrison put up 1,722 yards, good for seventh most yards by a receiver in a single season. Behind Jerry Rice, Harrison is arguably the most dominant receiver in NFL history.
- Peyton Manning, QB, 1998-2010
It really wasn’t going to be anyone else, was it? The sheriff is not only the greatest Colt of all time, the greatest athlete in the history of the state of Indiana, but the greatest quarterback of time. He is the all time leader in passing yards and touchdowns in a career, most yards in a season, most 300 yard playoff games, most game winning drives; the list keeps going on. I’ve gone on about Manning enough in the past, all that needs to be said has been said. Manning will go down as a legend in Indianapolis, and a legend in NFL history.