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DUNGY, HARRISON SEMI-FINALISTS FOR HALL OF FAME

Posted by craigkelleycolts on November 21, 2013 – 6:08 am

Tony Dungy and Marvin Harrison are among 25 semi-finalists for the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class.

These would be two worthy additions for their contributions to the game and for how they entertained Colts and NFL fans.

With a humanity and integrity that exceeded his coaching exploits, here are some of Dungy’s accomplishments:

  • Overall record of 148-79 with a 65.2 winning percentage.
  • Entering 2013, his 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).

Harrison played in 190 career games from 1996-2008 and totaled 1,102 receptions for 14,580 yards and 128 touchdowns.  His receptions, yards and scoring receptions broke club records held by Hall-of-Fame wide receiver Raymond Berry, marks that stood since 1967.

With 59 100-yard reception games, his total was third-most in NFL history at his departure.

Harrison caught passes in the first 190 games of his career, an NFL record and set the NFL seasonal record with 143 receptions in 2002.

From 1999-2002, he became first NFL player with 100+ receptions in four consecutive seasons and from 1999-2006, he had eight consecutive 1,000-yard seasons.

Harrison is the only player ever with eight straight seasons with 1,000 reception yards and 10+ scoring receptions.

Dungy and Harrison are two of the four first-year eligible candidates among the 25 semi-finalists.

The Hall of Fame Selection Committee chose the semi-finalists from an initial list of 126 nominees.

The 2014 Hall of Fame Class will be decided on Saturday, February 1, one day prior to Super Bowl XLVIII.

The Colts are represented well in Canton.  There should be room for these two outstanding performers, plus a few more to follow.


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COLTS DAILY HEADLINES: JUNE 19TH EDITION

Posted by Kevin Bowen on June 19, 2013 – 8:34 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, June 19th.

New Tony Dungy book on marriage due out next February

By: Staff, Indianapolis Star

Former Colts head coach Tony Dungy is back again at writing another book.

After writing “Quiet Strength,” Dungy is now writing “Uncommon Marriage: What We’ve Learned about Lasting Love and Overcoming Life’s Obstacles Together,” with his wife Lauren, and Nathan Whitaker.

The book is scheduled to hit shelves on Feb. 11, 2014.

“Tyndale Momentum highly values its relationship with the Dungys, and we are thrilled to have Lauren join Tony to write about their love story, as well as address a question that even couples in the best marriages must answer from time-to-time: How can we make our relationship stronger?” said publisher Jan Long Harris.

Colts receiver Palmer giving back to his hometown of Elkhart

By: Angelo DiCarlo, WNDU.com

Nathan Palmer headed back to his old high school on Tuesday night to promote a football camp he will be hosting on June 22.

“Everything is unbelievable,” Palmer explains with a big smile.

“Sometimes I wake up and I’m like pinch me because I almost can’t believe that my dreams actually came true.”

The Elkhart, Ind. native Palmer carries the strong community tradition of Colts players.

“Here I stood in the same school that you are standing in right now and had the same dream that you have and I made it,” Palmer says of what he will tell campers. “That’s the message I want to give to my community–people say Elkhart is a small town but I came from Elkhart and I’m playing in the NFL. We all can do it.”


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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 24TH EDITION

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 9:13 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 24th.

26 Cities With Young Franchise-Caliber Duos

By: Staff, Indianapolis Star

Thanks to a tremendous 2012-2013 seasons for a pair of Indianapolis finest professional athletes, the state capitol is starting to garner some attention with Andrew Luck and Paul George.

The Indianapolis Star ranked the top 26 city duos taking into consideration players 26-years and younger in the four major sports.

The duo of Luck and George find themselves No. 3 on the list behind San Francisco’s Buster Posey and Colin Kapernick and Washington D.C.’s Robert Griffin III and Bryce Harper.

Here is the analysis of Luck and George:

Luck (23): A Pro Bowler in his rookie season, the No. 1 overall pick in 2012 was tabbed as the best quarterback prospect since John Elway. Not bad company. Luck set a rookie record for passing yards in a single game (433 vs. Miami) and recorded the most wins by a No. 1 overall pick in his rookie season leading the Colts to the postseason. Colts fans were spoiled with Peyton Manning, but Luck has helped ease the pain of No. 18′s departure… and then some.

George (23): After showing glimpses of his All-Star potential in his first two seasons, George broke through in 2013 earning All-NBA third team, the NBA’s Most Improved Player and an All-Star apperance in guiding the Pacers to the Central Division title and Eastern Conference finals. Danny Granger’s injury thrust George into a more prominent role and the Fresno State product has been more than up to the challenge.

Luck having fun with his first OTAs

By: Tom James, Terre Haute Tribune-Star

James followed in a similar fashion to the pieces we saw yesterday on the Colts Wednesday OTA open to the media.

He mentions about Luck finally being able to take part in all of the Colts OTA schedule, along with the quarterback’s high praise for new wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey.

“Darrius had been great. He’s been a great addition. He has great speed, obviously, and he’s got a real knack for football,” he said. “He’s played a lot of football and he understands situations. He’s a good force in the wide receiver rotation. He’s done a phenomenal job so far.”

James provides a brief update on who didn’t participate in Wednesday’s OTA and talks about running backs coach David Walker’s assessment of the running back position.

On Tony Dungy changing player habits

By: Paul Kuharsky, ESPN AFC South Blog

ESPN is in the process of a project that ranks the top 20  coaches in NFL history.

At No. 20 checks former Colts leader Tony Dungy.

The piece highlights Dungy’s greatest accomplishment of helping the Colts capture Super Bowl XLI.

Kuharsky points out an excerpt from the book “The Power of Habit” that mentions Dungy.

“Champions don’t do extraordinary things,” Dungy would explain. “They do ordinary things, but they do them without thinking, too fast for the other team to react. They follow the habits they’ve learned.”


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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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LEGENDARY SUMMERALL PASSES

Posted by craigkelleycolts on April 17, 2013 – 9:58 am

Pat Summerall never suited up for the Colts, but his fabulous playing and broadcasting career certainly intersected the franchise.

Summerall kicked for the New York Giants in the 1958 and 1959 NFL Championship games won by the Colts (23-17 in overtime in 1958; 31-16 in 1959).

When the Colts were in Super Bowls III and V, NBC broadcast the games and by the time the club reached Super Bowls XLI and XLIV, Summerall had retired.

Summerall, who passed away yesterday in Dallas at age 82, did a handful of games with John Madden for FOX Sports as Indianapolis started piecing together a marvelous run around the 1999 season.

Pat Summerall and John Madden in the broadcast booth.

Pat Summerall and John Madden in the broadcast booth.

I asked him once around that time how long it had been since he had seen the club play in person.  He responded, “My gosh, it was Super Bowl V.”

Summerall worked for networks that traditionally did not cover the AFC extensively and to have him assigned to a game meant the Colts were doing well or were playing a premier cross-conference foe, like Dallas, Washington or San Francisco.

Once covering one of our preseason games, Summerall announced the starting defensive line at the lead of the broadcast.  With his cadence, inflection, rich tone and pause, he made those four Colts sound like they were bound for Canton.

A day before we hosted the Cowboys on November 17, 2002, Summerall told me the game would be the 1,004th broadcast of his career.  Overnight, we worked up a scoreboard tribute to him and flashed it up during the game.  Typically, our classy fans rose and applauded one of the true legends who helped shape the sport.

Summerall enjoyed his visits to Indianapolis.  He quite likely enjoyed every moment he had around the game, and did he have some moments.

Summerall was on 16 Super Bowl broadcasts, among many other CBS and FOX assignments.

Some football fans remember him being paired with Tom Brookshier, though most probably associate him better with John Madden.  Regardless of his on-air partner, Summerall provided the soundtrack for many cherished broadcast calls.

Summerall’s last Super Bowl call has a somewhat-related Colts tie.  He was covering Super Bowl XXXVI for FOX in February of 2002.

Adam Vinatieri hit a game-ending 48-yard field goal as New England beat St. Louis, 20-17.  It was the first time a Super Bowl ended with a game-winning scoring play.

His call was quintessential Summerall, “It’s right down the pipe.  No time on the clock.  And the Patriots have won Super Bowl XXXVI.  Unbelievable.”

Summerall checked in from time-to-time after retiring.  He felt a connection to the Colts because of Tony Dungy and the faithful way in which Dungy lived.  It made a tremendous impression on him.

Those calls were fun interruptions to a work day.  You never wanted them to end, and usually they lasted about 15 minutes.  He did most of the talking.  I was smart enough to shut up and listen to a legend.

He always said at the end of the call, “Say hi to Tony, and Peyton.”


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DAY WITH THE PRESIDENT

Posted by craigkelleycolts on February 18, 2013 – 10:08 am

Today is President’s Day, causing me to remember a special occasion for the Indianapolis Colts.

After winning Super Bowl XLI in 2007, the team was invited to the traditional White House visit made by championship teams.

There, the team would be hosted by President George W. Bush.

The date was April 23 and if President Bush ever had a slow day, this may have been one of them.  One week earlier, his day had been marred by the terrible shootings at Virginia Tech.

It was a beautiful day in the nation’s capital and after visiting soldiers at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, our entourage hit the White House about 1:00 p.m.

The players, coaches and staff toured the White House prior to the ceremony on the South Lawn.

It was a great time seeing the White House in a way many people never will have the chance to see it.  It was fun watching the reaction of our guys.  None acted like a caddy at Bushwood.

Joseph Addai chided Peyton Manning that he had been there before.  Addai had been part of the LSU football contingent that visited after winning the 2003 national championship.  Manning kept asking Joe to knock it off since it was his first time visiting on such an occasion.  I think Joe enjoyed applying the needle.

The team assembled on the South Lawn and waited for President Bush to arrive for the ceremony.  We were prepared for his arrival and waited to present him with a jersey and a specially-made wooden Stetson.

As many presidents are, Mr. Bush was pleasant, witty and a warm host.  When the ceremony was done, I was to take Tony Dungy to do an on-line chat as well as a group of players to meet the media outside the West Wing.  The rest of the travel party was to go back to our buses.

This is when a special day became even more so.

The group going to meet the media included Dungy, Bill Polian, Peyton Manning, Gary Brackett, Adam Vinatieri, Dwight Freeney and Jeff Saturday.  (That Bill chose to meet the media was amusing to me.)

After taking a few moments to assemble the bunch, we were moving past the Rose Garden and were ready to enter a door when someone to our left whistled like a coach and shouted, “Hey, where are you boys going?”

Stopping, we saw President Bush standing with Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, and he was holding a door open.

He motioned for us to join him, and we passed through the door and into the Oval Office.

Having home turf advantage to the extreme, President Bush spent 25 minutes telling us stories about the room and moments related to him and other presidents.

He talked about the artwork, how each president chooses the color scheme, and he spent time explaining decorations that adorned his office.

He spoke about his desk which went back through many presidencies.

At one point, I glanced at my watch.  It was 3:45 p.m.  I wondered what I would be doing the next day at this very time since where I was standing at the moment likely was going to be a bit more special.

A White House photographer captured the action, and Florida Governor Jeb Bush joined the group.

To this day, I can recall President Bush’s comments almost word-for-word.  It was that compelling.

President Bush shook our hands as the occasion adjourned.  It was off to the on-line chat and the assembled reporters.  Five buses of people had to wonder where we were.

President Bush was not the first to host a sports team.  He is not the last as well, and it is a special moment when the leader of the free world can make time for small ceremonies.

Thank you again, sir, and here’s hoping the Colts get that moment again.  If so, we can take Joe Addai.  He knows the layout quite well.

By the way, on Tuesday, April 24 at 3:45 p.m., I was in my office.  I volunteered to write a free agent biography for our media guide.  I waited until that very time to do it, so I could be truthful whenever I relayed the anecdote.  I specifically chose Craphonso Thorpe, a nice kid (who made the team) but one whose first name I thought added to the story.

Happy President’s Day.


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VIKINGS COACH FRAZIER TALKS TIME IN INDY, FREENEY, MATHIS

Posted by Kevin Bowen on September 12, 2012 – 11:48 am

Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier was only apart of the Colts coaching staff for two seasons but his impact couldn’t be measured in solely the amount of time he was in Indianapolis.

Frazier joined the Colts staff in 2005 as defensive backs coach and also held the title as a special assistant to head coach Tony Dungy.

The improvements the Colts secondary saw in just one year under Frazier was immense. In 2005, the Colts were ranked No. 15 in pass defense around the league. That number improved all the way to No. 2 the following season as the Colts captured Super Bowl XLI.

“Those were great times,” Frazier said. “I have so many good memories from my time there in Indianapolis. We were rolling pretty good there and to come away with a Super Bowl ring I will never forget that time with Tony, the rest of the staff, the players.”

Frazier’s relationship with Dungy is something that is still strong today and he credits him for helping him become a head coach in the NFL.

In 2007, Frazier joined the Vikings staff as defensive coordinator before becoming Minnesota’s permanent head coach following the 2010 season.

“Tony is a great friend,” Frazier said. “I learned so much from he and the rest of the staff during that time. A lot of these things I learned there in Indianapolis I’ve tried to institute here in Minnesota. That time was very, very important in my development as a coach.”

Only three players remain on the Colts defense from Frazier’s time in Indianapolis.

Outside linebackers Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis were in the middle of their onslaught against opposing quarterbacks recording a combined 37.5 sacks over the two years Frazier coached with the Colts.

With Freeney’s status for Sunday’s game with the Vikings up in the air, Frazier knows first hand what having him on the field means for the Colts defense.

“Dwight is one of those game wreckers,” Frazier said. “He has been for a long, long time. I witnessed him just destroying offenses’ game plans and people just changing their game plans because of Dwight, much like they do here with Jared (Allen).”

“So to do not have Dwight on the field, it would definitely change how offenses approach you and it would change how we would approach the Colts if he didn’t play.”

Mathis was just beginning his third NFL season when Frazier joined the Colts.

The 2006 season was Mathis first as a full-time starter and his first Pro Bowl didn’t come until 2008. It’s that recognition that Frazier believes is something Mathis has never fully received.

“He’s a tremendous talent,” Frazier said of Mathis. “He’s a guy who is sometimes in the shadow of Dwight but opposing teams know they have to have a plan for Robert and they’ve known for a number of year.”

“I admired his talents when I was there. He’s not a guy who looks and seeks the headlines but opposing teams know you better have a plan for Robert Mathis when you line up and play the Colts.”

Following the Colts Super Bowl XLI win, Frazier sat down with Dungy and made a decision that would influence the rest of his coaching career.

A chance to become a coordinator in the NFL would seem like a logical choice for someone in Frazier’s position, but the decision to leave so many friends behind didn’t make the process any easier.

“It was really hard to leave,” Frazier said. “(Former general manager) Bill Polian, the whole organization, Mr. Irsay, everyone was so good to me during the time I was there from top to bottom. They treated me like I was apart of the family and I’ll never forget it and I’ll always be thankful.”


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Colts get suprise vistitor on Day 1 of Training Camp

Posted by Kevin Bowen on July 30, 2012 – 6:58 am

The chants were about what one would expect as the Colts came onto the practice field Sunday afternoon.

“Reggie, Reggie, Reggie,” rang out from the bleachers in Anderson as wide receiver Reggie Wayne went through warm-ups.

After the popular chant heard in Lucas Oil each home game began to wind down for No. 87, another one slowly started for a group of people not dressed in shoulder pads and jerseys.

“Dungy, Dungy, Dungy.”

Former Colts coach Tony Dungy made a rare appearance at an NFL practice on Sunday as some members of his family joined him.

Dungy came to Anderson on Saturday evening and met with coach Chuck Pagano before watching practice and addressing the team on Sunday.

“This was actually the first practice I’ve seen of anybody since I left. It was fun to see the start of a new era,” Dungy said.

During the special teams part of practice, quarterback Andrew Luck made his way over to the Super Bowl winning coach and the two shared a few words before the rookie went to work in his first day of an NFL training camp.

“I got a chance to meet Andrew (Luck), watch him, see the decisions he’s making and just the command of the huddle and command of the field. They’re going to be in good hands. They’re going to be in good hands for a long time.”

On the roster it might say ‘R’ next to Luck’s name indicating his inexperience playing at the professional level, but Dungy saw none of that youthfulness in the Stanford product.

“I think that’s what impressed me the most, to see the decision making and the lack of any indecisiveness. He looked like a third or fourth year guy in this first practice,” Dungy said.

As Dungy scanned the practice field Sunday afternoon he saw many new faces from when he last coached the Colts in 2008.

He had a chance to catch up with some of the players that helped the Colts capture Super Bowl XLI and believes they are comfortable and ready for a new season.

“It’s a new system for them, but they’re embracing it and looking to be the leaders,” Dungy said. “Again, Reggie (Wayne), Dwight (Freeney), Antoine (Bethea), Robert (Mathis), those are guys you want to follow so they’re going to be in good shape.”

After practice ended on Sunday afternoon, Pagano held his players a little longer on the 50-yard line and it didn’t take long for everyone to figure out who was in the middle of that huddle.

Even though their coaching careers did not cross paths on the same team, Pagano’s respect for Dungy is endless.

“He’s got so much and he’s done so many great things,” Pagano said. “What I told the team–all-time winningist coach in Colts history, every one of his teams here went to the playoffs, 92 wins, won a Super Bowl and more importantly than that it’s what he’s done off the field, and how he is as a man and how he is as a father, and all the lives that he’s impacted.”

The on the field accomplishments Dungy achieved while in Indianapolis speak for themselves but he still plays a major role in a number of organizations in the Circle City still today.

Despite being away from coaching and having few direct ties to the current Colts coaching staff, he still made sure he was in Anderson to help out an organization, and a community, he has already done so much for.

“To be able to address the team and talk to them about, what it means to play football here in Indiana, what it means to have these fans and what they can do to lay their own foundation. It was a pretty special afternoon for me,” Dungy said.


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