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TONY AWARD

Posted by craigkelleycolts on May 24, 2013 – 11:38 am

ESPN.com is doing a series on the “Greatest Coaches in NFL History” as part of a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Vince Lombardi’s birthday.

A group of their best NFL people (one of whom, deservedly, is Bill Polian) comprises the voting panel, and checking in as the 20th-Greatest in their opinion is Tony Dungy.

First off, I am glad Tony is honored.  Secondly, I wish he were rated higher.  That is my brain and heart speaking.

Tony was my seventh head coach as a Colts publicist.  The wonder of that number – seven – was in evidence every day around him.

Tony is one of the few people whose reality far exceeds the image.  He does it daily, honestly and easily.

Tony Dungy

The quote Bum Phillips once made about Earl Campbell holds true for Tony, “I don’t know if he’s in a class by himself, but whatever class he’s in, it don’t take long to call the roll.”

Passed over multiple times in head coaching interviews, Dungy joined Tampa Bay in 1996 and led the Buccaneers to the playoffs four times, once to the NFC Championship game.

He was dismissed in 2001 after consecutive first-round playoff losses, and Jim Irsay hired Tony to be our head coach quickly after that.

Tony’s power and grace could be felt immediately as he entered the building.  The smart suit and gold cross on the label were indicators of the man.

His first team address came in normal conversational tone, and he let the players know he never would speak at any higher volume.  He never did.

Once when a fracas erupted on the practice field, Tony told players that while he could not prevent fighting in that venue that he did control who played in games.  There were no more incidents.

Tony could convey more with less than anyone I’ve seen, and his ability to draw things from within was a special gift.

On more than one occasion, opposing players expressed their regard for him as a coach and person (NFL Films once captured Randy Moss, then with New England, doing so in a very genuine way).

People outside the club asked what it was like working with Tony, and the typical response was, “It’s better than can be explained, and we get to be around him every day.”

Football is a sport of numbers and people, but numbers at the time of his retirement revealed only a bit of his greatness:

  • Overall record of 148-79 with a 65.2 winning percentage.
  • 148 victories ranked 19th-best in NFL history.
  • Had 66.8 regular-season winning percentage (139-69).
  • Was 85-27 in regular season with Colts, 92-33 counting playoffs (the winningest Colts head coach).
  • One of six head coaches to win 100+ regular-season games in first 10 years of career.
  • Directed 11-of-13 teams into the playoffs, reaching three conference title games and one Super Bowl (Super Bowl XLI, where he became the first African-American winner).
  • Only Colts head coach with 10+ wins and playoff appearances in each of first seven years.
  • Had 10 career double-digit victory seasons and was first coach to defeat all 32 NFL teams.
  • Earned 10 consecutive playoff appearances (1999-2001, Tampa Bay; 2002-08, Colts) to surpass Tom Landry (9) for the most by an NFL coach since 1970.
  • Earned seven straight 10+-victory seasons (2002-08), tying then the second-longest NFL streak.
  • From 2003-08, earned six straight seasons with 11-plus wins, tying the NFL mark, while setting the league standard for the most consecutive seasons with 12-plus victories.
  • Only NFL coach to win at least seven consecutive games in five straight seasons (2004-08).
  • Won five straight AFC South titles (2003-07).

After a particularly galling 27-point loss at Jacksonville in 2006 where the team allowed 375 rushing yards, Tony stood firmly (even proactively going on network television) to convey we had the players and scheme to win.

Seven games later, the Colts were World Champions and he was hoisting the Lombardi Trophy.  Without Tony’s leadership, it would not have happened.

From the Chuck Noll influence (with perhaps more than a bit of Tom Moore), Dungy left a great coaching tree, two of whom on it having Colts connections – Jim Caldwell and Leslie Frazier.

There were so many private moments I had with Tony in seven (there’s that number again) years that will last a lifetime.

Maybe my favorite came after the 2007 season when we had a playoff loss at San Diego and there were rumors he would retire to go about his life’s work.

It was back in Indianapolis and he was heading out of the building to return home to meet with his family.  In passing as he was about to reach the door, I stopped Tony to convey what I could in words about what he meant to me in case the next time I saw him would be in a non-working capacity.

He offered thanks and a hug.  Then, conveying a message without a word – a wink.  I knew he was coming back.  We smiled and I told no one the secret.

The way Tony molded players and affected lives is something that spans far beyond any numbers he achieved.  It is a gift that keeps on giving, for me and I bet many others.

I will make sure to see the coaches the ESPN panel picks ahead of Tony.  I guarantee there will be no finer man.  It won’t even be close.

As Ron Meyer would say, “Call off the dogs and (put) out the fire, that hunt is over.”

 


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COLTS DAILY HEADLINES: MAY 23RD DAILY HEADLINES

Posted by Kevin Bowen on May 23, 2013 – 9:16 am

Each morning Colts.com will take a look at the top headlines surrounding the Indianapolis Colts from around the globe. What is the local and national media saying about the Colts?

Take a look below at the top five pieces from Thursday, May 23rd.

Colts QB Andrew Luck learns about organized team activities

By: Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star

With Wednesday’s OTA practice open to the media, a few extra eyes got a look at Luck’s first complete minicamp after school conflicted last season.

Luck missed virtually all of OTAs last year but that is not the case in 2013 with a new offense being installed this spring.

Chappell wrote that Luck had his ups and downs in 11-on-11 work on Wednesday, finding T.Y. Hilton on more than one instance for a touchdown while also throwing an interception to inside linebacker Kelvin Sheppard.

“It’s great to get out on the field with the defense and troubleshoot some stuff,” Luck said. “All of us haven’t run this offense; I ran some of this stuff at Stanford.”

Irsay pledges funds for tornado relief

By: Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk

Florio and Irsay have had a few interesting interactions in the past but this one is for a good cause on both sides.

Like he has done so many times, Irsay’s in the news thanks to his charitable contributions.

Irsay has vowed to donate up to $25,000 to the relief efforts down in Oklahoma areas that were ravaged by this week’s tornado.

Florio writes…”we applaud Irsay’s efforts, we encourage other billionaires, millionaires, thousandaires, and hundredaires to do what they can, and we’ll be glad to publicize other efforts by other NFL teams to raise money to help folks whose insurance policies will take them only so far through this time of intense crisis.”

Colts Notebook: Luck enjoys first taste of OTAs

By: George Bremer, Anderson Herald Bulletin

Bremer’s notebook from Wednesday’s OTA goes into a bit more detail in describing the red zone action.

Along with pointing out two more touchdown throws for Luck, Bremer also credits new cornerback Greg Toler for some impressive pass breakups.

Other notebook items include first round draft pick Bjoern Werner moving around defensively and an update on inside linebacker Pat Angerer.

“We’re just trying to put (Werner) into the whole picture,” Colts linebackers coach Jeff FitzGerald said. “He’s going to learn his responsibilities (at rush linebacker). What I see from him is the ability to play ‘rush’ linebacker or ‘sam’ linebacker somewhere down the road. So he’s setting his feet, he’s getting wet. I think we’ve got him in the right spot right now, but we will have flexibility with him in time as he develops.”


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COLTS DAILY HEADLINES: MAY 17TH EDITION

Posted by Kevin Bowen on May 17, 2013 – 8:15 am

Each morning Colts.com will take a look at the top headlines surrounding the Indianapolis Colts from around the globe. What is the local and national media saying about the Colts?

Take a look below at the top five pieces from Friday, May 17th:

Colts’ Jim Irsay No. 2 in poll ranking NFL’s ‘best’ owners

By: Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star

The CBS Sports story that ranks Irsay as the league’s 2nd best owner broke earlier in the week but Chappell offered his own thoughts via his blog.

Chappell is one of the longest tenured beat writers on any NFL team so he has great perspective when these debates arise.

Along with commenting on the Irsay ranking, Chappell points out another CBS poll that left off the Colts personnel department among the league’s top ten front offices.


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RIGHT ON, JOSH

Posted by craigkelleycolts on May 15, 2013 – 9:46 am

Josh Katzowitz is a writer for CBS Sports whom I do not know.  I see his byline regularly, and he is worth a read.

Today, he is a particularly good read for Colts fans.

Josh rated the 10 best NFL owners he would pick if one could be in charge of his team.  Starting from 10-to-three, it read:  Pat Bowlen (Denver), Shad Khan (Jacksonville), Bob McNair (Houston), John Mara (New York Giants), Arthur Blank (Atlanta), Packers fans, Rooney family (Pittsburgh) and Steve Bisciotti (Baltimore).

Jim Irsay was ranked number two.

Thanks, Josh, great choice, and here is what he wrote:

2. Jim Irsay: Compared to his father, Bob, who was much maligned by many of the people who knew him, the 53-year-old Jim is an absolute godsend for Colts fans. Even without the shadow of his father, though, Jim Irsay is one of the most fun owners around. He plays around on Twitter, and he gives away free stuff to his followers. Plus, he hires the right kind of personnel — general manager Ryan Grigson so far, coach Tony Dungy and Jim Caldwell (for a time, anyway) — and the organization’s decision to draft Peyton Manning rather than Ryan Leaf in 1998 was obviously a huge difference-maker. But Irsay is an empathetic sort, and the sendoff given to Manning by Irsay and the Colts was representative of the NFL that we’d like to see more often. Not to mention how the team handled Chuck Pagano’s cancer scare last season. Irsay is fun, and his team has been successful since he took over in 1997. What’s not to love?

Josh hit a number of highlights of Jim’s tenure that started in 1997 with the passing of his father (whom I worked under also from 1985-97 and was much, much more pleasant than anyone knew).

Jim’s first year was a little rough on the field with the end of a regime coming, and it marked the start of a new era.

Leading from the front, Jim installed Bill Polian, oversaw the drafting of Peyton Manning and directed while a blueprint put in place led to a wildly successful extended run.

Jim always has known the value of people and leadership, and he has attracted many successful individuals through the years and let them perform (two currently are Ryan Grigson and Chuck Pagano).

On his watch, Indianapolis has become one of the elite franchises on and off the field.

The team won division titles in 1999, 2003-07, 08-10, played in three AFC Championship games (winning two) and two Super Bowls (winning one).

The franchise’s 115 regular-season wins from 2000-09 is the winningest decade ever.  That’s E-V-E-R, but then the NFL only has been around about 90 years.

The team won an NFL-record 23 straight regular-season games from 2008-09.

From November 16, 2003 to December 13, 2009, the Colts were 81-19 in regular-season play, tying the all-time mark for the most wins over 100 games.

Colts fans responded accordingly.  As partners, the Colts and their fans have sold out 87 straight games and 121 of the last 122.  Full-voiced participants have made this one of the NFL’s toughest stops.

Jeff Saturday recalled recently the team’s 35-34 comeback win over New England in 2009 when the team rallied from a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit to win in the final seconds that he remembered lining up for the winning extra point and saw the network camera shaking because of the rocking nature of the fans.  (That win was number 18 in a row.  New England owned the two longest streaks at 21 and 18 games, so the victory there over a huge foe carried an additional footnote.)

Jim has energized those fans with his product and with a sustained run of excellence.  In addition to touring the Lombardi Trophy throughout Indiana (50 stops, 3,130 miles), he even created a challenge that let five fans eventually win authentic Super Bowl rings.

Jim interacts almost daily via Twitter and is just a nose shy of a quarter-million followers.  His charitable nature is on frequent display, and one of the most tangible fruits of his labor was Indianapolis hosting Super Bowl XLVI.

I could go on.  Suffice to say, Josh, thanks for the recognition.  In mentioning Jim with his brethren that also includes Robert Kraft, you made a wise choice.

Lunch is on me the next time you’re in town.


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COLTS DAILY HEADLINES: MAY 15TH EDITION

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 9:11 am

Each morning Colts.com will take a look at the top headlines surrounding the Indianapolis Colts from around the globe. What is the local and national media saying about the Colts?

Take a look below at the top five pieces from Wednesday, May 15th:

Colts have $$$ business under control; a look at their salary-cap situation

By: Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star

A ton of number crunching went into Chappell’s latest piece as he broke down the Colts 90-man roster and their salary cap implications.

He used the rookie wage scale to come up with a four-year, $7.813 million dollar contract for Bjoern Werner, who is the lone draft pick that has not been signed yet.

Chappell’s numbers churn out that the Colts are about $8.32 million under the salary cap limit of $126.5 million.

National Football Foundation dinner will honor Boudia, Colts general manager

By: Lafayette Journal & Courier

Colts general manager Ryan Grigson will be an honorary member at the annual National Football Foundation Joe Tiller of Northwest Indiana honors dinner at the Purdue Memorial Union Ballroom on Monday, June 10.

The dinner will include Purdue football coach Darrell Hazell and former coach Joe Tiller.

Grigson, who hails from Highland, Ind., will receive the chapter’s Drew Brees Mental Toughness Award.

Top 10 owners you’d want running your favorite team

By: Josh Katzowitz, CBS Sports

It’s the time of year where top 10 lists are flowing from different NFL media members.

The latest one comes in a unique way with the top 10 NFL owners that fans would want running their favorite team.

Colts owner Jim Irsay comes in at second on the list and Katzowitz offered his synopsis on the Twitter loving owner:

“Compared to his father, Bob, who was much maligned by many of the people who knew him, the 53-year-old Jim is an absolute godsend for Colts fans. Even without the shadow of his father, though, Jim Irsay is one of the most fun owners around. He plays around on Twitter, and he gives away free stuff to his followers. Plus, he hires the right kind of personnel — general manager Ryan Grigson so far, coach Tony Dungy and Jim Caldwell (for a time, anyway) — and the organization’s decision to draft Peyton Manning rather than Ryan Leaf in 1998 was obviously a huge difference-maker. But Irsay is an empathetic sort, and the sendoff given to Manning by Irsay and the Colts was representative of the NFL that we’d like to see more often. Not to mention how the team handled Chuck Pagano’s cancer scare last season. Irsay is fun, and his team has been successful since he took over in 1997. What’s not to love?”


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COLTS HEADLINES: TUESDAY, MAY 8TH EDITION

Posted by Kevin Bowen on May 8, 2013 – 9:02 am

Each morning Colts.com will take a look at the top headlines surrounding the Indianapolis Colts from around the globe. What is the local and national media saying about the Colts?

Take a look below at the top pieces from Wednesday, May 8th:

Colts have 1,100 season tickets remaining

By: Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star

It’s a far cry from this time last season when it comes to the Indianapolis Colts season ticket demand.

Over the last month, the 2013 Colts season tickets have dwindled from around 5,500 to just above 1,100 and it looks like the 87-game streak of sell outs will continue for Indianapolis.

The final 1,100 will first be offered to those on the waiting list first before being put on sale to the public.

If season tickets remain available on June 12, fans will get a chance to see the ones still for sale during the Colts open veteran minicamp practice that Wednesday afternoon.

“We thought there would be a high demand,” Colts Chief Operating Officer Pete Ward said. “We didn’t expect they would go this quickly. It’s nice.”

Still unsigned: Colts WR Austin Collie

By: Paul Kuharsky, ESPN.com

With rosters rising to 90 players and teams around the league in the midst of OTAs, one name familiar to Colts fans is missing from the playing field.

Former wide receiver Austin Collie remains unsigned and has not played in a regular season game since early in the 2012 season.

After catching at least 54 balls in his first three seasons in the NFL, Collie ruptured his patellar tendon in his right knee in Week Three last season and never returned to action.

Head injuries have plagued Collie throughout his career and like Kuharsky, it’s hard to see a team taking a chance on the BYU product.

Colts returning to Anderson for training camp: AU will host team for fourth straight year

By: Dani Palmer, Anderson Herald Bulletin

Training camp is under three months away and Jim Irsay announced on Tuesday that the team will be back in Anderson come late July.

This will mark the fourth straight year that the Colts will call Anderson home for a three week stretch during late July and early August.

“We’re very pleased the Colts find Anderson and Anderson University a summer home,” Mayor Kevin Smith said, adding the city appreciates both parties.

A training camp schedule is yet to be released but in years past the Colts have held a pair of night practices along with open practices in the afternoon.

 

 


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DAILY CLIPS: MAY 4TH

Posted by coltsindianapolis on May 4, 2013 – 7:42 am

COLTS NEWS (LOCAL AND NATIONAL)
Jim Irsay throws lifeline to Colts-themed restaurant
Indianapolis Colts’ best undrafted free agents: No. 1, tight end Marcus Pollard
Colts working to help re-open Blue Crew Sports Grill
Indianapolis Colts’ best undrafted free agents: No. 2, linebacker Gary Brackett
Colts’ rookie contracts? Should look a lot like 2012
Indianapolis Colts’ best undrafted free agents: No. 3, DT Tony Siragusa
Colts-themed restaurant could reopen with Irsay’s aid
Sports broadcast veteran takes helm at 1070 The Fan

COLTS.COM
Mathis, Werner QB Haters
Week Three of OTA’s in the Books

AFC SOUTH BLOG
Eight in the Box: Next order of business

NFL NEWS
Houston’s bid to host Super Bowl in 2017 helped by Florida inaction
Ed Reed will miss OTAs, minicamp after having hip surgery
Offseason moves give Titans new look; here are top acquisitions
Denard Robinson eager to please at Jaguars rookie minicamp
Schiano, other Bucs coaches visiting Belichick to talk techniques
Cardinals’ Daryl Washington arrested, accused of assault
Ravens hire Steve Spagnuolo
Andy Reid says Branden Albert will play left tackle for Chiefs

AFC TEAM NEWS
Real hard to grasp
Patriots rookies are ‘just happy for the opportunity’
Rex Ryan, who says he wants to coach NY Jets for another 20 years, is ‘excited’ for this year’s team
Solving the Chargers problem at LT

NFC TEAM NEWS
Webb battling to remain sober as well as for a job
Bears lose pro scouting director to Chiefs


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DAILY CLIPS: MAY 3RD

Posted by coltsindianapolis on May 3, 2013 – 7:39 am

COLTS NEWS (LOCAL AND NATIONAL)
Colts owner Jim Irsay throws Blue Crew Sports Grill a lifeline
Irsay may rescue Colts-themed restaurant
Colts-themed Blue Crew Sports Grill closes
Colts add undrafted free agent cornerback
Indianapolis Colts’ best undrafted free agents: No. 4, running back Dominic Rhodes
Colts rank No. 10, No. 14 in pair of offseason media polls
Colts-themed restaurant closes its doors after financial losses
Blue Crew Sports Grill, Indianapolis Colts fan hangout, abruptly closes
Butler looks to build on surprise success
Indianapolis adds depth to secondary by bringing in Nigel Malone as undrafted free agent
Reggie Wayne plans 1,000-yard season at age 35
With more 3-4 people, Colts still ‘hybrid’
Indianapolis Colts Support Jason Collins and Hypothetical Gay Teammate

COLTS.COM
Colts Sign CB-Nigel Malone
Owners, Commissioner Goodell and Top Executives to Attend NFL Career Development Symposium
Maintaining Ethic
Wayne at Work

AFC SOUTH BLOG
Chris Polian officially joins Jaguars
Jaguars invite 19 for rookie tryouts
Comparing CBs Gratz and Wreh-Wilson
What does Abraham visit to Titans mean?

NFL NEWS
Oilers great says CFL not an option for Tebow
Tennessee Titans revamp line in draft, free agency
Younger Rodgers has big footsteps to follow with Jaguars
Poll reveals overwhelming support for Redskins name
Broncos linebacker Von Miller pursues poultry dream
Anniversary of Junior Seau death still focuses NFL on CTE
Former CB Al Harris retires as a Green Bay Packer
Titans expected to check out Freeney as well
Bucs will retire Warren Sapp’s number

AFC TEAM NEWS
Sanchez Asserts He Is ‘Cool With’ the Jets’ Quarterback Competition
Notebook: Stevan Ridley back strong
Seau could have greater impact in death

NFC TEAM NEWS
Ex-NY Giants linebacker Michael Boley ‘secretly arrested’ on child abuse charges, report
Two more draft picks in fold for Bears


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DAILY CLIPS: APRIL 30TH

Posted by coltsindianapolis on April 30, 2013 – 7:12 am

COLTS NEWS (LOCAL AND NATIONAL)
Indianapolis Colts luxury suites cited as Indiana lawmakers limit new CIB taxes
Indianapolis Colts’ Pat McAfee adds $5,000 to reward in Boone County hit-and-run case
Pop Your Way Into The Pacers Playoffs With Pat McAfee
Colts deal disappointing first-round pick Jerry Hughes to Buffalo for LB Kelvin Sheppard
Colts Daily Links: Analysts lukewarm on team’s draft, ‘hard to see it all falling into place’
Indianapolis Colts’ best undrafted free agents: No. 9, returner Aaron Bailey
Indianapolis Colts’ best undrafted free agents: No. 10, safety Melvin Bullitt
What’s not to like about Colts’ draft class?
Colts offseason has look, feel of upgrade
In their words: Colts picks on Bo, trouble, Dungy
Colts hoping for more high marks on draft picks
NFL: North Penn’s Brandon McManus signs with Indianapolis Colts
Bills trade LB Sheppard to Colts for LB Hughes
Colts deal Hughes for Kelvin Sheppard
Colts offer reward in hit-and-run search
Colts, Bills exchange linebackers
Draft review: Indianapolis Colts
Colts shuffle much maligned Hughes off to Buffalo
George Bremer: Colts’ home finale holds keys to future
Colts owner Jim Irsay, kicker Pat McAfee boost reward in hit-and-run that killed Anita Wernsing, 78

COLTS.COM
All Means Possible
Dream not denied by language barrier
Open Mini-Camp Practice at Lucas Oil Stadium
Indianapolis Colts Acquire LB-Kelvin Sheppard in a Trade with the Buffalo Bills in Exchange for LB-Jerry Hughes
Colts Owner & CEO Jim Irsay and P-Pat McAfee Contribute to Reward for Arrest and Conviction of Hit-and-Run Driver in Death of Fayette, Ind. Grandmother
True to the Board

AFC SOUTH BLOG
David Caldwell ready to hire in front office
Titans host Idonije, Winston on visits
Texans just missed on Arthur Brown
Reiterating: Jaguars don’t covet Tebow
Assessing AFC South draft trades
On Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt’s fame
Jaguars’ undrafted rookies

NFL NEWS
Monday Morning Quarterback
Bills swap LBs with Colts for versatility
Noisy Courtship, Quiet Breakup
Why NBA center Jason Collins is coming out now
NFL warns against gay jokes, talk
Dolphins: Mike Wallace’s remarks “do not reflect the views” of the organization
Collin Klein reportedly to be Houston Texans QB
Sam Montgomery: ‘Effort was not needed’ sometimes against weaker teams
Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker talks about team’s draft class
Are the Jaguars interested? ‘Plans do not include Tim Tebow’
Jaguars dismiss Terry McDonough, 2 others
Reviewing ESPN and NFL Network’s coverage
Report: Tyrann Mathieu won’t sign deal without guaranteed money

AFC TEAM NEWS
Malcolm Williams, Jeremy Ebert among five released by Patriots
Jets release Tim Tebow
Chargers check in on LT Bryant McKinnie

NFC TEAM NEWS
Eli Manning calls Ryan Nassib, welcomes Syracuse QB to NY Giants
Briggs on Collins’ coming out: ‘How about those Bulls!’
MORRISSEY: Heredity made Long easy choice for Bears


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COLTS OWNER & CEO JIM IRSAY AND P-PAT MCAFEE CONTRIBUTE TO REWARD FOR ARREST AND CONVICTION OF HIT-AND-RUN DRIVER IN DEATH OF FAYETTE, IND. GRANDMOTHER

Posted by coltsindianapolis on April 29, 2013 – 11:34 am

Indianapolis Colts Owner & CEO Jim Irsay has pledged $10,000 and punter Pat McAfee has added $5,000 to the reward, which is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a driver who struck and killed 78-year-old Anita Wernsing of Fayette, Ind. The driver left the scene following the incident.

Wernsing was leaving Mt. Tabor Primitive Church on the 7000 block of South State Road 267 on November 25, 2012 when she was struck. Boone County Sheriff’s Department investigators said that the vehicle that hit Wernsing was a dark SUV that was traveling northbound on 267.

Police have asked anyone with information on the case to call them at 765-482-1412 or send the department an email at: tips@co.boone.in.us.


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