The Indianapolis Colts today signed quarterback Andrew Luck to a six-year contract (effective in 2016).“This is an exciting day for the organization and Colts fans around the globe,” said Colts Owner & CEO Jim Irsay. “Andrew is the consummate professional, possesses extraordinary talent and is our leader on and off the field. When you consider what this team has accomplished in four seasons with Andrew under center, you cannot help but be thrilled about the future.”
“I am thrilled and excited to continue with this great organization,” said Luck. “I am thankful to the Irsay family and Mr. Irsay for providing me with this great opportunity and the trust that they’ve shown in me. I can’t wait for this season to start.”
Luck, 6-4, 240 pounds, was selected by the Colts in the first round (first overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. He has started all 55 games he has played in and completed 1,224-of-2,106 passes for 14,838 yards with 101 touchdowns and 55 interceptions for an 85.0 passer rating. Luck also has 222 rushes for 1,101 yards and 12 touchdowns. His 12 rushing touchdowns since 2012 are tied for the third-most among NFL quarterbacks and rank second among AFC quarterbacks during that time span. Luck has been one of the most productive quarterbacks in NFL history in a player’s first four seasons. His attempts (2,106), passing yards (14,838) and passing touchdowns (101) each rank as the fifth-most in NFL history and the second-most in franchise history in a player’s first four years. Luck’s completions (1,224) rank as the eighth-most in NFL history and the second-most in team history in a player’s first four seasons. He reached 13,000 career passing yards in his 49th game, becoming the third-fastest quarterback to reach that plateau. Luck threw his 100th career touchdown pass in his 55th game, which tied for the fourth fastest in NFL history. He was named to three consecutive Pro Bowls from 2012-14. In his first three seasons, Luck led the Colts to three consecutive 11-5 seasons and 33 victories, which tied for the second-most wins to start a career since 1970. He has been named AFC Offensive Player of the Week three times, earned FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week one time and was named PEPSI MAX NFL Rookie of the Week three times in 2012.
In 2015, Luck started seven games and completed 162-of-293 passes for 1,881 yards with 15 touchdowns and 12 interceptions for a 74.9 passer rating. He also carried the ball 33 times for 196 yards. After starting all 16 games in each of his first three seasons, Luck missed nine games in 2015 due to injury. One of his most productive games of the season came in a Week 9 victory over the eventual Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos. He completed 21-of-36 passes for 252 yards and two touchdowns for a 98.4 passer rating against the previously undefeated Broncos’ No. 1 ranked defense. During the contest, Luck eclipsed 100 career touchdown passes in just his 55th game to tie him with Matthew Stafford as the fourth fastest quarterback to reach the milestone in NFL history.
Luck had a career-year in 2014 as he started all 16 games and set single-season career highs in completions (380), passing yards (4,761), passing touchdowns (40) and passer rating (96.5). His passing yards set a franchise single-season record while his touchdown total led the NFL and ranked as the second-highest single-season mark in Colts history. Luck also set a franchise record with eight consecutive 300-yard passing games from Weeks 3 through 11 as he was named to his third consecutive Pro Bowl. His 12,957 passing yards from 2012-14 was the highest total through the first three seasons of a quarterback’s career in NFL history, while his 86 touchdowns rank second during that span. Luck also registered a career-high 64 carries for 272 yards and three touchdowns. In three postseason starts in 2014, he completed 70-of-120 passes for 767 yards with three touchdowns and four interceptions. Luck helped lead the Colts to an appearance in the AFC Championship Game for the first time since 2009.
In 2013, Luck started all 16 games and completed 343-of-570 passes for 3,822 yards with 23 touchdowns and a career-low nine interceptions for an 87.0 passer rating. He also rushed 63 times for a career-high 377 yards and four touchdowns and was named to his second consecutive Pro Bowl after leading the Colts to the AFC Divisional Playoffs. Luck’s talents were highlighted in his second career postseason start in the team’s AFC Wild Card victory against the Kansas City Chiefs. He completed 29-of-45 passes for 443 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions for a 98.7 passer rating. Luck led the Colts to the second-largest comeback in NFL postseason history after trailing by 28 points in the second half. He helped the offense set a postseason franchise-record with 536 total net yards, while his 443 passing yards marked the fifth-highest total in an NFL postseason game and the second-most in franchise history.
As a rookie in 2012, Luck started all 16 games and completed 339-of-627 passes for 4,374 yards with 23 touchdowns and 18 interceptions for a 76.5 passer rating. He broke the rookie record for passing attempts, passing yards and 300-yard passing games (six) in a season. Luck’s passing completions ranked as the second-most by a rookie in NFL history, while his passing touchdowns were the third-most. He also totaled 255 rushing yards on 62 carries for a career-high five rushing touchdowns. In Week 9 against Miami, Luck threw for 433 yards and set a new NFL record for the most passing yards by a rookie quarterback in a single game. Luck led the Colts to the most wins (11) by a No. 1 overall draft pick in his rookie season and he became the first quarterback selected No. 1 overall to start a postseason game as a rookie. In the team’s AFC Wild Card contest at Baltimore, he completed 28-of-54 passes for 288 yards and one interception. Luck recorded the most passing attempts and the second-most passing yards by a rookie in a playoff game.
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The Indianapolis Colts will induct Pro Football Hall of Famer and former President/Vice Chairman Bill Polian into the team’s Ring of Honor during halftime of the Colts Week 17 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, January 1, 2017.
Polian spent 14 of his 32 NFL seasons with the Colts from 1998-2011. During his time in Indianapolis the team won eight division championships, two conference championships and reached the Super Bowl twice. The franchise also won its fourth world championship with a victory against the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI. Polian was named The Sporting News Executive of the Year on six occasions, including two with the Colts (1999 and 2009). He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 8, 2015.
“Bill was incredibly successful during his time with our franchise and proved to be a Hall of Famer,” said Colts Owner & CEO Jim Irsay. “He was one of the most innovative personalities to ever grace our sport, and his passion for the game was and still is unmatched. I will always be grateful to Bill for his contributions to the Colts, and to the NFL.”
During Polian’s tenure, Indianapolis advanced to the postseason 11 times during a 12-year span and posted 10 or more wins in each of those playoff years. From 2000-09, the Colts produced 115 regular season wins, the most in a decade by any NFL club. Under his direction, the Colts posted a 143-81 (.638) regular season record, which ranked as the second-best mark in the NFL during that span. The team won eight division titles with Polian at the helm.
Polian’s expertise was prevalent in the NFL Draft as he was responsible for picks such as Peyton Manning (1998), Edgerrin James (1999), Reggie Wayne (2001), Dwight Freeney (2002), Dallas Clark (2003), Robert Mathis (2003), Bob Sanders (2004), Joseph Addai (2006), Pierre Garcon (2008), Pat McAfee (2009) and Anthony Castonzo (2011). Polian also found key free agents in Jeff Saturday, Mike Vanderjagt, Gary Brackett and Adam Vinatieri.
In 24 seasons as a general manager or president with Indianapolis (1998-2010), Carolina (1995-97) and Buffalo (1985-1992), Polian’s teams made 17 playoff appearances, eight championship games and five Super Bowl appearances. In Buffalo, he led the Bills to three consecutive Super Bowl appearances from 1990-92.
Polian becomes the 13th member inducted to the Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor and joins Robert Irsay (1996), Bill Brooks (1998), Ted Marchibroda (2000), Chris Hinton (2001), Jim Harbaugh (2005), Colts Nation (2007), Tony Dungy (2010), Marvin Harrison (2011), Edgerrin James (2012), Eric Dickerson (2013), Marshall Faulk (2013) and Jeff Saturday (2015).
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The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent tackle Mitchell Van Dyk and waived-injured guard Isiah Cage. If Cage clears waivers, he will revert to the Colts Injured Reserve list.Van Dyk, 6-7, 299 pounds, was signed by the Colts as a free agent on April 20, 2016 and waived on May 2. He spent the entire 2015 season on the Pittsburgh Steelers Injured Reserve list after being waived-injured by the team on September 5, 2015. Van Dyk was originally selected by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round (226th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. He participated in training camp with the Rams in 2014, but was waived prior to the start of the season. Collegiately, Van Dyk started 31-of-37 games he played in at Portland State. He was named a Big Sky All-Conference first-team choice as a senior in 2013 and a Big Sky All-Conference honorable mention selection as a junior in 2012.
Cage, 6-5, 335 pounds, signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 2, 2016. He participated in Indianapolis’ three-day rookie mini-camp. Cage spent three seasons at NCAA Division III Wisconsin-Eau Claire, playing in 27 games (24 starts) and earning All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors three times.
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