Eric Dickerson and Marshall Faulk were chosen this week for induction into the Colts Ring of Honor in December.
The additions of Dickerson and Faulk are noteworthy and appropriate because of the greatness they brought to Indianapolis.
Dickerson came to the Colts on a Halloween Night trade involving the L.A. Rams and Buffalo with Buffalo getting Cornelius Bennett and the Rams getting six draft picks and two running backs.
He got to Indianapolis just in time that Saturday morning to get a physical and hop the team flight to New York, where we played the Jets on Sunday.
The press conference at the team hotel had about 200 reporters, and the visibility and marketing dynamic for the team was changed dramatically with Eric being on board. In fact, he was Sports Illustrated’s cover six days later.
Coming out of a player strike, we took flight with Eric’s addition, making the playoffs and nearly engineering an upset playoff win.
The next season (1988) brought our first Monday Night Game, appropriately on Halloween Night. To many long-time Colts fans that game remains one of the most memorable ever.
Eric was much more treat than trick with 159 rushing yards and four TDs in 19 minutes. He could have run all night.
Eric went on to the rushing title that year and had a solid 1989 season before things started slowing down.
Still, he was the first truly big-time NFL superstar to arrive in Indianapolis.
Marshall came in a much more natural way – through the draft, and he had a much different style than Eric.
Where Eric was a pure upright runner, Marshall was a darter and dancer who had power and a quick gear. Both he and Eric got to full speed tremendously well, and Marshall was able to have four 1,000-yard seasons with the club.
While Eric was a very good receiver, Marshall was outstanding, nearly producing a 1,000-yard season rushing and receiving in 1998.
Marshall later went on to star in St. Louis as the Colts took a different direction.
The direction now is to put both players in the Ring of Honor in December. Jim Irsay has made so many right decisions, and this is just another one.
The symmetry of Marshall (number 28) and Eric (number 29) is perfect. Both did a great deal to forward the franchise, and both helped the team win.
Colts fans are smart and have large hearts. I personally cannot wait for the applause these two players will hear on December 15.
In full disclosure, I was the PR Director here for both of them. They were fun to handle. Marshall was a bit of a challenge. He had me more on the defensive than I liked, but we laugh about that now.
We both share the same hometown – New Orleans – and both were public school products, though my school and his were in different parts of the town in more ways than one. I personally think he should have been the rightful winner of the Heisman Trophy that went to Gino Toretta. (They were paired here in Indianapolis for a short time.)
(I also think Peyton Manning should have won, too, but that is the New Orleans in me speaking out. Two natives of that city should have won that trophy within four years of each other. Just my opinion.)
Eric was fun to work with. There were times he would not do everything asked of him, but he was consistent and fair. I understood why he did not do some things, but he surprised me quite well with others.
My first meeting with him and one of my later ones stick out the most.
In preparing for that press conference in New York, he, Ron Meyer and I met in Ron’s hotel room to strategize for the questioning.
When we were done, we still had about 15 minutes. Ron grabbed the pillow off his bed, handed it to Eric and told him I was his fullback as we ran through some plays. I can honestly say I was his first fullback with the Colts.
After the 1999 season, Eric was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I was sitting with him alone in a holding room in a Miami hotel when Dave Motts of the hall burst in to convey the news that Eric had made it. Eric smiled as only he could do.
Congrats to both Eric and Marshall. They are worthy recipients for the Colts’ Ring of Honor. They like going in together because of their friendship – and Colts fans are the winners.
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Each week Colts.com will take a look at the rest of the AFC South and review the previous weekend’s games.
Here is a look after Week Five:
49ers 34, Texans 3
-A pick six by Matt Schaub on Houston’s first play from scrimmage led to a blowout lost on Sunday Night Football. Houston turned the ball over four times and were down 21-0 midway through the second quarter. The Texans came out and got a field goal on their first drive of the second half but the 49ers controlled the time of possession from there in earning a home victory. Houston falls to under .500 for the first time since the 2010 season as they have lost three straight games.
NEXT GAME: St. Louis, Sunday at 1:00 p.m. EST
Chiefs 26, Titans 17
-In Ryan Fitzpatrick’s first start at quarterback for the Titans, Tennessee could not overcome three turnovers in losing a home game to the undefeated Chiefs. The Chiefs jumped out to a 13-0 lead but then scored 17 unanswered to take a three-point lead midway through the fourth quarter. However, the Chiefs scored 13 points in the game’s final 6:23 as a Fitzpatrick interception ended any chance for Tennessee to maintain pace atop the AFC South.
NEXT GAME: @Seattle, Sunday at 4:05 p.m. EST
Rams 34, Jaguars 20
-Thanks to the return of Justin Blackmon, the Jaguars played perhaps their best game of 2013. Blackmon scored a 67-yard touchdown on his first catch of 2013 and he finished the game with five grabs for 136 yards. A 17-point second quarter by the Rams put the Jaguars in a double-digit hole. Jacksonville fought back to within 27-20 with 10:22 left in the fourth quarter but the Rams answered with one final touchdown drive to seal the victory.
NEXT GAME: @Denver, Sunday at 4:05 p.m. EST.
2013 AFC South Standings
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The Indianapolis Colts today signed running back Daniel “Boom” Herron from the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad and free agent outside linebacker Andy Studebaker to the 53-man active roster.
Herron, 5-10, 212 pounds, has appeared in three career games with the Bengals after being selected by the team in the sixth round (191st overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. In 2012, he recorded a blocked punt, four special teams tackles and four rushes for five yards. Prior to the NFL, Herron played four seasons (2008-2011) at Ohio State University where he totaled 592 rushing attempts for 2,869 yards and 32 touchdowns as well as 44 receptions for 309 yards and a touchdown.
Studebaker, 6-3, 248 pounds, has appeared in 70 career games (eight starts) all with the Kansas City Chiefs (2008-2012) and has registered 51 tackles (40 solo), five passes defensed, 2.5 sacks, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. He has also compiled 45 special teams tackles. He was released by the Chiefs on April 1, 2013. In 2010, he played in all 16 games and set career highs in tackles (18) and sacks (2.5). In his first career start against Pittsburgh (11/22/09), he posted two interceptions, including one returned for 94 yards.
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The Colts will return to the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center on Wednesday to start preparing for Monday Night Football. Today’s news looks at Ahmad Bradshaw being placed on injured reserve, Indianapolis being a Super Bowl finalist and Donald Brown’s new role.
Take a look below at the top pieces from Wednesday, October 9th.
By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
News broke late Tuesday afternoon that Ahmad Bradshaw would be placed on injured reserve for the remainder of the 2013 season.
“It breaks your heart,” Irsay said in a telephone interview with The Star on Tuesday evening. “We had hoped the disc might have an opportunity to shrink enough on its own; it’s still possible.
“But this would take awhile. Whether he uses every means possible — including going to Switzerland for unusual treatments and those sort of things — or surgery, it’s just unfortunate to have it end like this for Ahmad.”
The Colts previously lost running back Vick Ballard (knee), guard Donald Thomas (quadriceps tendon) and tight end Dwayne Allen (hip) to season-ending injuries. Twelve players have missed a combined 28 games.
“Other teams have injuries, too,” Irsay said. “But I don’t know if anyone’s had the type of injuries we’ve had at running back. We’ve lost two starting running backs.
“Yet here we stand.”
By: Anthony Schoettle, Indianapolis Business Journal
The city of Indianapolis survived the first cuts in tying to host the 2018 Super Bowl.
Minneapolis is expected to have a new stadium built in time for the 2018 Super Bowl, and New Orleans will be celebrating its 300th birthday that year.
“It is very gratifying the NFL asked Indy to submit a bid to host Super Bowl LII,” said Mayor Greg Ballard in a prepared release. “Indy’s reputation for hosting great events is unmatched. I have no doubt our team will put forth an exciting plan to host another Super Bowl that will make the NFL, its owners, and football fans around the world very proud.”
By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
The former first round pick has adapted to a new role in 2013 yet with the recent injury news, the presence of Brown will only grow through the remainder of the regular season.
Brown led the team in rushing in 2010 (497 yards) and ’11 (645 yards), and was second to Vick Ballard last season (417 yards) but has not had a problem transitioning to a less glamorous role this season.
“It hasn’t been difficult at all,” he said. “What are we now, 4-1? That’s what’s important. It’s been a great ride just to see the fight in this team, the fight in the guy next to you.
“When your number’s called, you just make the most of it.”
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