Authored by Mark Peters in American Football
Published on 12-20-2008
The Indianapolis Colts, especially since the addition of quarterback Peyton Manning through the 1998 NFL Draft, are one of the more popular teams in the National Football League. The team started out as the Baltimore Colts and in a very controversial move, relocated to Indianapolis in 1984. Though one of the smaller markets in the United States, Indianapolis has embraced the Colts and the fans of the team are very supportive. While they are indeed one of the most popular teams in the league, there is a lot that is not known about the Colts. Here are five things you may not know about the Indianapolis Colts.
1. As of 2008, Eric Dickerson is the only player to play for the Colts after they moved from Baltimore to Indianapolis and also be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
2. The Colts’ final game in the city of Baltimore was against the Houston Oilers.
3. Two former head coaches of the Colts have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Weeb Ewbank and Don Shula.
4. The first undrafted player to rush for 1,000 yards in his rookie season was the Colts’ Dominick Rhodes in 2001.
5. Colts head coach Tony Dungy is only the third person to win a Super Bowl as both a player and a coach, the other two who have achieved this are Tom Flores and Mike Ditka.
With the talent on the field in the form of Peyton Manning, Marvin Harrison, Dallas Clark, Reggie Wayne, Joseph Adai, Bob Sanders, and more, the Colts appear to be the type of team that will remain at or near the top of the league for quite some time. The Colts have one of the more accomplished and respected coaches in the league with Tony Dungy at the helm and they have assembled a coaching staff that many teams in the league envy. The Indianapolis Colts have proven themselves over an extended period of time lately that they are indeed one of the best teams in the league.