Former Indianapolis Colts Vice Chairman Bill Polian will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, August 8, 2015 in Canton, Ohio.
“I am thrilled with Bill Polian’s well-deserved induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame,” said Owner & CEO Jim Irsay. “Bill’s career has been remarkable and he has had an incredible impact on our league. My relationship with Bill goes back to when we were both general managers and worked together and with others to create the League’s salary cap. Aside from being a great executive, Bill had the innate ability to evaluate and look at a player and identify greatness. To me, that was his greatest talent and what set him apart from everyone else. Bill’s dedication to the NFL and to the Colts will always be remembered. I am proud to call him a Colt, and congratulate him on this great achievement.”
Polian spent 14 seasons (1998-2011) with the Colts. He originally joined the club in 1998 as the team’s General Manager and was later promoted to Vice Chairman. 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 made the postseason 11 times (1998-99, 2002-2010) and won eight division titles (1999, 2003-07, 2009-2010) during Polian’s tenure. Indianapolis also made two Super Bowl appearances (2006, 2009), winning Super Bowl XLI.
The Colts set NFL records for the most wins in a decade (115) from 2000-09 and the most consecutive regular-season victories (23) from 2008-09. 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) and Anthony Castonzo (2011). Polian also found key free agents in Jeff Saturday, Mike Vanderjagt, Gary Brackett and Adam Vinatieri.
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The Indianapolis Colts and Rob Chudzinski have agreed to a new contract naming him Associate Head Coach.
“We’re excited to keep Chud in our family,” said Head Coach Chuck Pagano. “He’s been a critical part of our operation and we’re looking forward to sharing even more success in the future.”
Chudzinski joined the Colts in 2014 as special assistant to the head coach. He holds over 20 years of coaching experience, including 11 seasons in the NFL. Chudzinski was the head coach of the Cleveland Browns in 2013 after serving two previous stints with the team in 2004 and from 2007-08. He also served as offensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers (2011-12) and the Browns (2007-08) and was the assistant head coach/tight ends with the San Diego Chargers (2009-2010).
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The Indianapolis Colts and Running Backs Coach David Walker have mutually agreed to part ways.
“We’re grateful for David’s contributions to the Colts’ success over the last four years and wish him nothing but the best in the future,” said Head Coach Chuck Pagano.
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The Indianapolis Colts today announced that David Williams has been promoted to the team’s Conditioning/Performance Analyst.
“Dave has been at the forefront of this new technology dating back to college, and he has done an excellent job acting as the liaison who collects and disseminates our Catapult GPS tracking information to our strength staff and coaches,” said General Manager Ryan Grigson. “It was a total team effort by our strength staff, trainers and our coaches in achieving results this regular season in which we saw a drastic reduction in the number of players placed on Injured Reserve compared to previous regular seasons (2012-8, 2013-13, 2014-3).”
Williams spent the last three seasons (2012-14) as the Colts’ strength and conditioning intern. In 2011, he was a sport scientist graduate assistant in the Human Performance Lab at the University of Central Florida. Williams was a four-year (2007-2010) defensive end at UCF and earned All-Conference USA Honorable Mention as a senior in 2010. He also served as a strength and conditioning intern at the school in 2009. Williams graduated from UCF with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with a minor in coaching and a master’s degree in health and applied exercise physiology. He is originally from Lexington, S.C.
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The Indianapolis Colts game day experience at Lucas Oil Stadium has been named the best in the NFL by Stadium Journey Magazine. This marks the fourth consecutive year that the Colts game day experience at Lucas Oil Stadium has earned the honor.
The rankings are based on a variety of factors; including service, food and beverage, atmosphere, neighborhood, fans, access, return on investment and extras. Each area is rated from zero to five stars with five being the best. The overall composite score is the “FANFARE Score.” This year, the Colts game day experience at Lucas Oil Stadium notched a 4.7 overall FANFARE Score, scoring five star ratings in five of the seven categories.
The complete official review by Marc Viquez, a Regional Correspondent with Stadium Journey Magazine can be found here:
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The Indianapolis Colts today signed 10 players to reserve/future contracts including: WR-Kadron Boone, DE-Gannon Conway, RB-Jeff Demps, LB-Carlos Fields, S-Winston Guy, T-Tyler Hoover, WR-Ryan Lankford, WR-Josh Lenz, DT-Kelcy Quarles and TE-Erik Swoope.
Boone, 6-0, 204 pounds, was signed to the Colts practice squad on December 31, 2014. He was first signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent out of LSU on May 10, 2014 and was waived on August 23. He was then signed to the St. Louis Rams practice squad on October 21 and was released on October 29. Boone finished his collegiate career with 611 receiving yards and eight touchdowns in 51 games played at LSU. In 13 games (seven starts) as a junior in 2012, he ranked second on the team in touchdown receptions (four) and third in both receiving yards (348) and receptions (26). He also added a pair of touchdowns in 2011 and 2013.
Conway, 6-4, 280 pounds, was signed to the Colts practice squad on January 15, 2015. He re-joined the team after he was waived following the preseason on August 30, 2014. He was originally signed by the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent out of Arizona State on May 13, 2014 and was signed by the Colts as a free agent on June 11. In 30 career games (14 starts) at Arizona State, Conway recorded 51 tackles (33 solo), nine tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and two passes defensed. As a senior in 2013, he earned Honorable Mention All-Pac-12 recognition after starting all 14 games and posting 38 tackles (24 solo), seven tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and two passes defensed.
Demps, 5-7, 191 pounds, was first signed to the Colts practice squad on October 22, 2014, was released on October 28 and was signed back to the practice squad on November 26. He played in two games in 2013 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and recorded one rush for 14 yards, three receptions for 21 yards and four kickoff returns for 93 yards. Demps was originally signed by the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent on August 17, 2012 out of the University of Florida, where he finished his career as the school’s eighth all-time leading scorer. He played in 51 career games (27 starts) and totaled 367 rushes for 2,470 yards (6.7 avg.) and 23 touchdowns, while adding 57 receptions for 481 yards and one touchdown. He returned 21 kickoffs for 604 yards and one touchdown. Demps was also a four-year letterman on the men’s track team where he became the only Florida athlete to win a national championship in multiple sports (2009 football national championship and four indoor and outdoor track championships). He was a member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic 4×100 meter relay team that won the silver medal.
Fields, 6-1, 238 pounds, was signed to the Colts practice squad on October 29, 2014. He was originally signed by the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent out of Winston-Salem State on May 16, 2014. He then spent time on the practice squads of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Giants. In 47 career games at Winston-Salem State, Fields totaled 321 tackles (183 solo), 34.5 tackles for loss, 8.0 sacks and five interceptions. As a senior, he led a defense that ranked first in Division II, as he was named the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Co-Defensive Player of the Year. Fields also earned CIAA Defensive Player of the Year honors as a junior.
Guy, 6-1, 218 pounds, was signed to the Colts practice squad on October 3, 2014. He has played in 20 career games (five starts) with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2013-14) and Seattle Seahawks (2012) and has recorded 38 tackles (28 solo), 2.0 sacks, two passes defensed and one forced fumble. In 2014, he started three of the first four games for the Jaguars and compiled 14 tackles (10 solo), 1.0 sack and one pass defensed. In 2013, Guy recorded career highs in games played (14), tackles (24), special teams stops (four), sacks (1.0) and forced fumbles (one). He was originally selected by the Seahawks in the sixth round (181st overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Kentucky.
Hoover, 6-7, 297 pounds, was signed to the Colts practice squad on December 17, 2014. He was originally signed by the team as an undrafted free agent out of Michigan State on May 13, 2014. He was signed to the practice squad on September 1 and was released on September 2. He then spent time on the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad before being released on September 30. Hoover played in 48 career games (23 starts) as a defensive end at Michigan State and recorded 93 tackles, nine tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, six passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. As a senior in 2013, he started 11 games and posted career highs in tackles for loss (4.5) and sacks (4.0). He was also named MSU’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award recipient.
Lankford, 5-11, 163 pounds, was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 18, 2014 and was signed to the practice squad on August 31. He completed his collegiate career at Illinois with 70 receptions for 1,014 yards and seven touchdowns in 43 games played. As a junior in 2012, Lankford led the team in receiving yards (469), receiving touchdowns (five) and total points scored (30), while finishing second in receptions (37). He earned the Illinois Point Award as the top offensive skill player on the team. In 2011, Lankford played in all 13 games (five starts) and totaled 12 catches for 108 yards. He also saw time as a punter, averaging 39.4 yards on 19 punts, and as a punt returner, returning 19 punts for 33 yards.
Lenz, 6-0, 194 pounds, was first signed to the Colts practice squad on November 11, 2013, was elevated to the active roster on January 6, 2014 and was signed back to the practice squad on September 1. He was originally signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent on April 28, 2013 and spent time on the Seattle Seahawks practice squad before joining the Colts. For his collegiate career at Iowa State, Lenz caught 96 passes for 1,213 yards and 10 touchdowns in 47 games played (19 starts). As a senior in 2012, he started eight-of-10 games and compiled 430 yards and six touchdowns on 29 receptions.
Quarles, 6-4, 294 pounds, was signed to the Colts practice squad on November 25, 2014. He was first signed to the active roster from the New England Patriots practice squad on September 16 and was waived on November 24. He played in two games in 2014 and recorded 1.0 sack and one pass defensed. Quarles played in 35 games (28 starts) in three seasons at the University of South Carolina and posted career totals of 105 tackles (66 solo), 13.0 sacks, 23.5 stops for losses and eight quarterback pressures.
Swoope, 6-5, 246 pounds, was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 13, 2014 and was signed to the practice squad on September 1. Collegiately, he was a four-year standout on the University of Miami basketball team. With the Hurricanes, he started 27-of-110 games and totaled 291 career points, 186 rebounds, 37 steals, 31 assists and 25 blocks in 1,190 minutes. He connected on 51.9 percent from the field and 57.7 percent from the free throw line.
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The Indianapolis Colts today signed wide receiver Griff Whalen from the practice squad to the active roster, signed defensive end Gannon Conway to the practice squad and placed inside linebacker Josh McNary on the Exempt/Commissioner Permission list.
Whalen, 5-11, 190 pounds, has played in 19 career regular season games (three starts) with the Colts and has caught 26 passes for 282 yards and two touchdowns. He has returned 34 punts for 291 yards (8.6 avg.) and 16 kickoffs for 401 yards (25.1 avg.). Whalen has played in two postseason contests (one start) and recorded seven receptions for 93 yards, while returning two punts for six yards and one kickoff for 16 yards. He was originally signed by the team as an undrafted free agent on April 30, 2012.
Conway, 6-4, 280 pounds, re-joins the Colts after he was waived following the preseason on August 30, 2014. He was originally signed by the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent out of Arizona State on May 13, 2014 and was signed by the Colts as a free agent on June 11. In 30 career games (14 starts) at Arizona State, Conway recorded 51 tackles (33 solo), nine tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and two passes defensed. As a senior in 2013, he earned Honorable Mention All-Pac-12 recognition after starting all 14 games and posting 38 tackles (24 solo), seven tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and two passes defensed.
McNary has played in 20 career regular season games (four starts) and has totaled 54 tackles (33 solo) and half of a sack. He has also recorded six tackles (three solo) in four postseason contests. McNary was originally signed by the Colts as a free agent on April 11, 2013.
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After reviewing the documents supporting the very serious criminal charges filed yesterday afternoon against Josh McNary, the Colts have requested Commissioner Goodell to immediately place Josh on the League’s Commissioner Exemption list. If the request is granted, Josh will not be eligible to practice or attend games with the Club while designated as Commissioner Exempt. That designation will permit the investigation provided by the League’s Personal Conduct Policy to run its course and will afford Josh the opportunity to focus on his defense against the charges. The Colts sincerely hope this extraordinarily serious matter will be resolved expeditiously and that justice will prevail.
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The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent running back Michael Hill to the active roster and placed guard Hugh Thornton on Injured Reserve.
Hill, 5-10, 210 pounds, re-joins the Colts after spending time on the team’s practice squad in November 2014. He was then signed to the Washington Redskins practice squad on December 9. Hill was originally signed by the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent on April 27, 2013 and also spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Green Bay Packers before joining the Colts. As a rookie in 2013, he played in eight games and rushed for 23 yards on nine carries and caught two passes for 23 yards. He also returned one kickoff for 19 yards. Hill finished his collegiate career at Missouri Western State as the school’s all-time leader in rushing yards (4,969), all-purpose yards (5,851), rushing attempts (928) and 100-yard rushing games (20). As a senior in 2012, he led the nation (Division II) with a school-record 2,168 yards on 311 carries (7.0 avg.). Hill finished as the runner-up for the Harlon Hill Award, given to the nation’s top player in Division II.
Thornton played in 10 games, making eight starts in 2014. He was inactive for six regular season games and one postseason contest. For his two-year career, Thornton has made 24 appearances with 20 starts and has started two postseason games. He was originally selected by the Colts in the third round (86th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Illinois.
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The Colts-Bengals playoff game this Sunday is a sellout for television. A limited number of tickets will remain on sale, including in-fill seating and tickets returned from the Bengals. Kickoff is at 1:05 p.m., and the game will be televised locally on CBS-4.
The remaining tickets are available thru http://www.colts.com; http://www.ticketmaster.com; charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000 Lucas Oil Stadium ticket office and Ticketmaster Ticket Centers (check for holiday hours).
Gates will open at 10:30 a.m., which is 30 minutes earlier than normal.
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The Colts are also accepting deposits for those wishing to become 2015 Season Ticket Holders by joining our Season Ticket Wait List at http://www.colts.com or by calling (317) 299-4WIN.
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