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COLTS DAILY HEADLINES: JUNE 18TH EDITION

Posted by Kevin Bowen on June 18, 2013 – 8:54 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 Tuesday, June 18th.

Pagano wins Halas Award for overcoming adversity

By: George Bremer, Anderson Herald Bulletin

Chuck Pagano was named the 44th winner of the George Halas Award on Monday afternoon.

Pagano becomes the fourth Colt ever to capture the award which is given each season to a player, coach or staff member who overcomes the most adversity to succeed.

“I am honored and humbled to receive this award,” Pagano said in a statement released by the Colts. “The encouragement I received from my family, friends, the Irsay family, the Colts organization, the city of Indianapolis and fans around the country was overwhelming. The outpouring of prayers, love and support from a community that hardly knew me made me realize how fortunate and proud I am to serve this organization and city.”

Colts moving Robert Mathis, which could help sack total

By: Darin Gantt, Pro Football Talk

Much has been made about the Colts outside linebacker position and the amount of depth they have on the edge.

In this piece, Gantt points out that the Indianapolis Star’s Mike Chappell said that Pro Bowl outside linebacker Robert Mathis has been moved to the weak outside linebacker spot, where he should get more “rush opportunites.”

According to Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star, the Colts have moved Mathis to the weak outside linebacker spot, where he should get more rush opportunities.

PFT, PFT Planet agree on Colts’ Mt. Rushmore

By: Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk

Pro Football Talk is in the process of assembling four-man Mt. Rushmore’s for each NFL franchise and they have decided, along with the fans, on the Colts foursome.

The Colts’ Mt. Rushmore group consists of John Unitas, Peyton Manning, Raymond Berry and Marvin Harrison.

Or in other words, a pair of Hall of Fame quarterbacks with their favorite receivers.


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BITING THE DUST

Posted by craigkelleycolts on February 8, 2013 – 9:18 am

A report in San Francisco says Candlestick Park will be demolished after this coming season.

The Colts are playing the 49ers this year, so this looks to be the last visit for the franchise to the charming venue.  The 49ers are scheduled to move into a new facility in Santa Clara for the 2014 season.

The Colts and 49ers started playing in 1953, meeting twice annually from then until 1969.  The early meetings were held in Kezar Stadium in Golden Gate Park.

Candlestick Park was built in 1960, and the 49ers began playing there in 1971.  After 17 meetings in Kezar, the Colts played in Candlestick (later 3COM and Monster Park) on four occasions, earning a 1-3 record.

The accommodations in Candlestick are as rustic as the stadium is historic.  The football locker rooms are located down the first-base side of the field and those needing to get to the press box must venture through the stands to a small elevator which inches upward.

The Colts lost there in 1972 in their first appearance.  In 1986 with Juice Newton singing the anthem and Eddie Money performing at halftime, rookies Jack Trudeau and Bill Brooks hooked up on an 84-yard TD connection in a 35-14 setback.  It still stands as the longest TD pass by a Colts rookie, though Marshall Faulk topped Brooks’ reception with an 85-yarder from Jim Harbaugh in 1994.

In 1998, rookie Peyton Manning had three touchdown passes to Marvin Harrison (four, six and 61 yards), while Faulk had a 65-yard touchdown run to open the game.  A 21-0 Colts lead in the first half was largely negated when controversial holding calls wiped out interceptions that led to two 49ers touchdowns just before halftime.  San Francisco won on a field goal with five seconds remaining.

Manning tied the club rookie marks of John Unitas and Jeff George with the scoring tosses.  Head Coach Jim Mora verbally assaulted the officials after the game for the calls that overturned the two takeaways.  He did not draw a fine for his comments.

The Colts cruised to a 28-3 win in 2005 in their last appearance in the venerable structure, with Manning throwing for 255 yards, Edgerrin James rushing for 105 and Cato June returning an interception for a score.

Andrew Luck played at nearby Stanford, and he should draw the starting call when the Colts visit Candlestick for the last time.

Candlestick will join a number of stadiums in which the Colts have played in their Indianapolis era that have been consigned to NFL history – the RCA Dome, Sun Devil (Arizona), Fulton County (Atlanta), Riverfront/Cinergy (Cincinnati), Municipal/Cleveland (Cleveland), Texas (Dallas), Mile High (Denver), Silverdome (Detroit), County (Milwaukee), Astrodome (Houston), Orange Bowl (Miami), Schaefer/Sullivan/Foxboro (New England), Giants (Giants/Jets), LA Memorial Coliseum (Raiders relocated), Anaheim (Rams relocated), Veterans (Philadelphia), Three Rivers (Pittsburgh), Kingdome (Seattle), Tampa (Tampa Bay), D.C./R.F.K (Washington).  (The Colts also played Seattle in Husky Stadium and Carolina at Clemson while those franchises were having new homes built.)

Tip a hat to a venue that saw greats like Joe Montana, Willy Mays, Willie McCovey and Jerry Rice.

“The Catch” may have been its greatest moment.  Using a phrase from the Bay Area as it relates to this year’s Colts-49ers tussle, “Just win, baby.”


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