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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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New Era “Speak with Your Cap” contest winner

Posted by coltsindianapolis on September 27, 2013 – 3:18 pm

This blog is one of our “Fan Features,” from Alyssa who won the New Era “Speak with Your Cap” contest and was chosen to represent the Colts as their ambassador for a photoshoot. Below is a recap of her trip to New York and all the fun she had representing Colts Nation!

“In June I had the amazing opportunity to take part in the NFL’s and New Era’s back to football Photo Day. The Photo Day took place in New York at a studio called Location 5. Being a small town Canadian girl I couldn’t believe what I was reading when I received an email telling me I had been chosen to represent the Colts!

From my understanding my boyfriend and I were to be flown to New York and I was to partake in a Photo Day working with the NFL and New Era. To my surprise it was so much more than that. On top of being styled by professionals in the sickest Colts gear and New Era hats and getting my photo taken, there was also an interview and a video portion (see below). There is no question about it, I love being in front of the camera whether it be video, full body or profile shots.

Another amazing surprise was that we got to tour the NFL headquarters! We had the chance to see where the Commissioner did his work, had meetings and where the games were reviewed for any fines or missed calls. Not to mention every super bowl ring dating back to the very first super bowl. Seeing the NFL headquarters for any football fan is like being a kid in a candy shop, I just couldn’t get enough.

Thinking that this experience couldn’t get any better, I was completely blown away when the Commissioner himself, Roger Goodell showed up at the studio for our group shot. He did a meet and greet with all the team winners, signed mini footballs and took individual photos with us.

This was a once in a lifetime experience and I would like to thank the NFL and New Era for letting me be part of the Photo Day. I think what made it so over the top incredible were all my fellow winners (and guests of course) from the other teams. Everyone was great! I made so many new friends and we became like a New Era and NFL family in that short time we spent together. We still all keep in touch and we’re all battling it out in a fantasy football league this season. The amount of passion I saw in every single fan has made me fall in love with football and the Colts all over again. All 32 fans and guests came from all over the world, some from England, some from Canada and some from the United States. We all cheer for different teams but we all came together through one sport, football. It made me realize that football is so much more than a sport, it unites people together and makes life long friends.

Go Colts!!”

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Art Donovan A Colorful Champion

Posted by craigkelleycolts on August 4, 2013 – 11:42 pm

The NFL lost a truly memorable figure Sunday night with the passing of Art Donovan.

Donovan’s franchise roots date back to 1950, his rookie year.  That Colts team folded and he became a member of the New York Yanks in 1951 and the Dallas Texans in 1952 before that franchise moved to Baltimore and the Colts were reestablished in the league.

Donovan and the Colts had a permanent home, and he launched a career that led him to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1968 (his second year of eligibility, the franchise’s first inclusion and the Hall’s sixth class of inductees ever).

Donovan played from 1953-61 and was a stout presence on a Colts defense that helped the franchise win consecutive world championships in 1958 and 1959.

The native New Yorker was a fighter at his position.  Loved by teammates and respected by opponents, Donovan stands as the only Colts player to wear jersey number 70 – it was retired after he retired.

Donovan went on to earn wide post-career celebrity.  He authored a book, ‘Fatso,’ that entertained readers and helped reveal even further one of the greatest personalities in any sport.

Donovan popped up frequently on late-night talkshows or commercials years after his career ended.  Those were vehicles that cemented him in the minds of many who never saw him play.

In my 29 years with the franchise, the only Colts Hall of Famer I have not met is Ted Hendricks.

Meeting all of the others provided wonderful memories, whether it was dining with them or visiting them at post-career business interests.

I met Donovan in 1998, when the Colts returned to Baltimore for the first time.  I called him to introduce myself and to see if he had some time to visit.

Donovan was to do a segment at a local TV station that Friday night before the game.  When I asked him about meeting afterwards, he asked, “Why would I want to?”

Having known him only through the commercial persona, I just wanted to meet the man.  All I could come up with was, “Just give me five minutes.  I’ll come to the station.  If it’s not good for you after five minutes, we’re done.”

He agreed.

After quick introductions, he invited me to sit in the cab of his truck so we could talk.  We stayed there for an hour and a half.  It was non-stop laughs.

During the chat he asked, “Kelley, are you right-handed or left-handed?”  Not knowing what he meant by that, I went with the truth and told him I am a leftie.  He responded, “Protestant?”

A couple of months after that, I was around Art for the last time, at the Super Bowl featuring Denver and Atlanta.  The NFL had invited former Colts and Giants from the 1958 Championship game to conduct the coin toss.

I had chaperone duty for the group that included, among others, Raymond Berry, Gino Marchetti, Lenny Moore, Tom Landry and Don Maynard.

Our escort path to the field was very long, and Art labored all the way.  Once on the field, we arranged a picture for the entire group, then one for the Colts and Giants individually.  At the end, I asked for one with just the Colts, and I still have it in my office.

As the contingent waited for the coin toss, KISS was performing.  The fire-enhanced performance of “Rock and Roll All Nite” was entertaining to the stadium crowd.

I glanced at Art and saw a look of chagrin.  I leaned over and asked, “Is this what the NFL was in your era?”  He only shook his head.  I couldn’t understand exactly what he muttered, but it wasn’t song lyrics, nor did he stick out his tongue.

On the way back to the suite, I stayed with Art as the rest of the group moved quicker.  He was on a cane, and it didn’t matter to me how much of the game I missed.  I just wanted to help him at his own pace.

Through the years afterward, I never had much chance to speak with Art again.  I tried for a Q&A a little more than a year ago, and his daughter told me he was a little frail.

I understood, but it would have been fun.  He did see the questions involved and liked them, but we just couldn’t put it together.

Art passed away at age 88 Sunday in a Baltimore hospice facility just moments before kickoff of the Hall of Fame game.

A new season is underway without one of its Hall of Famers.

Like many, Donovan helped grow the game.  He performed military service, even fighting on Iwo Jima.

It was a life well lived on many accounts.

Art, Rest in Peace.

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Posted by coltsindianapolis on July 28, 2013 – 6:48 pm

Here are some videos that we have been posting to our official Instagram account. Follow us on Instagram for more behind-the-scenes footage of Colts Camp.

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Posted by coltsindianapolis on July 27, 2013 – 2:29 pm

Reggie Wayne is known for always making an impression when he arrives for training camp. Saturday, it was no different for the 13 year NFL veteran. Below are Instagram videos of Reggie’s arrival. Follow us on Instagram for more behind-the-scenes footage of Colts Camp.


For the full video of Reggie’s arrival, click here.

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Posted by craigkelleycolts on July 19, 2013 – 11:02 am


The Colts will be featured on an upcoming edition of the NFL RUSH ZONE: Season of the Guardians.

This is an animated series on Nicktoons, and Andrew Luck and Reggie Wayne will be the featured players.

Luck, Wayne and Rich Eisen are featured along with the team, and the show airs this Sunday (July 21) at 11:00 a.m. (ET) on Nicktoons.  It airs a second time on Saturday, July 27 at 8:00 a.m. (ET) on the NFL Network.

This is the second time this year the club, plus Wayne and Luck specifically, have been on television in a scenario a little out of the ordinary.

They joined Jim Irsay in appearing as themselves in an episode of NBC’s Parks and Recreation earlier this spring.

The episode is entitled, “Test of Friendship,” and it is described below:



Ash’s announcement that her Dad is allowing her to take one friend with her on vacation to San Diego has the boys fighting for her attention.  But before she can make her decision, they all head to Indianapolis to protect the NFL Combine from impending attack.  Colts stars Andrew Luck and Reggie Wayne are not enough to stop Drop Kick from stealing the Colts’ Megacore (which he hides from Wild Card – could there be a betrayal in the works?)

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Free Agent RB Ahmad Bradshaw Visits

Posted by coltsindianapolis on June 6, 2013 – 12:37 pm

Free Agent RB Ahmad Bradshaw visiting the Indianapolis Colts today.


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Posted by coltsindianapolis on April 25, 2013 – 5:14 pm


What’s up Colts Nation!? Yes it is Draft Day and yes Colts Fan Casey is back out of hibernation to ring in the real start of the 2013 season, the NFL Draft. It’s a little hard to get more excited about this year’s draft than last year’s considering the fact we drafted Andrew Luck with the first overall pick, but there’s a lot of reasons to be excited. One of those being that we go into the 2013 Draft without a laundry list of needs since we addressed the “BIG NEEDS” via free agency. I won’t talk too much about the free agency signings other than the fact I am VERY pleased with the direction that Ryan Grigson went with his acquisitions.

Now back to the Draft and more specifically Draft Weekend. The Colts have a lot of stuff going on for their fans throughout the next few days. Details below…

Thursday April 25th

–        Draft Party at Colts Grille presented by New Era and Bud Light

  • Antoine Bethea and Donald Brown will be signing autographs from 7:00pm-9:00pm
  • Four Colts cheerleaders signing autographs from 7:oopm-9:00pm
  • Blue, the official Colts mascot
  • Lombardi trophy
  • Colts trivia to win prizes and giveaways!
  • 1070 The Fan Live Remote broadcast
  • New Era Draft Hat display
  • Bud Light Promotional Team
  • 1070 The Fan and Hank FM promotional giveaways
  • First 24 fans to show their Colts NFL Extra Points Credit Card will receive an autographed Adam Vinatieri mini-helmet courtesy of Barclays

–        Live broadcast of Press Conference following each pick… WATCH HERE

–        Live broadcast of the Colts Draft Radio Show… LISTEN HERE

Friday April 26th

–        Google+ Hangout presented by New Era and Lids with our first draft choice LIVE on or on our Google+ Page scheduled to start at 3PM. Plus, I’ll be hosting it!

–        Live broadcast of Press Conference following each pick… WATCH HERE

Friday April 26th

–        Live broadcast of Press Conference following each pick… WATCH HERE

Of course, don’t forget to follow the Colts on Twitter as they will be bringing you up-to-the-minute updates about draft status, selections, and more!

And don’t forget to follow me on Twitter too!

Yours in Football,


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Posted by coltsindianapolis on April 24, 2013 – 12:01 pm

National Football League

To NFL Fans:Roger Goodell, Commissioner

During the 2013 NFL Draft, young men will see their dreams realized as they are selected to become professional football players. And countless younger football players will be watching them. No matter what level they play, all football players should be taught the proper fundamentals and know that their safety is the top priority as they participate in the sport they love.

That is why the NFL is proud to partner with USA Football to announce the national launch of Heads Up Football, a comprehensive youth football initiative whose aim is to take the head out of the game.  Your support is a vital component.

Heads Up Football was created with direction from independent football and medical experts.  All coaches in a Heads Up Football league must be certified via USA Football’s nationally accredited Level 1 coaching certification course.  These leagues also appoint a Player Safety Coach, who is trained by USA Football.  Every coach, parent and player affiliated with a Heads Up Football league receives training on the following subjects:

  • Heads Up Tackling, which teaches tackling in a safer and more effective way. The head is always up in order to lessen the risk of head or neck injuries;
  • Concussion recognition and response in which Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocols are learned; and
  • Proper equipment fitting to ensure the correct fitting of a player’s helmet and shoulder pads.

Piloted in three leagues in 2012, Heads Up Football will expand to more than 900 youth leagues across all 50 states in 2013. Many of these leagues will receive the guidance of Heads Up Football Ambassadors, former NFL players who will collaborate with the league’s coaches, administrators, player safety coach, parents and players to help ensure that the game is played the right way.

We want to help develop a culture of safety at every level of the game, and we encourage youth coaches, players and parents to join us.

We can play a part in making the game safer. As an NFL fan, here is what you can do to make a difference.  If you are the parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, friend or neighbor of a youth football player, tell them about Heads Up Football and encourage their coaches or guardians to visit to sign their league up as a Heads Up Football league. If you are a youth football coach or commissioner, we invite you to join the Heads Up Football movement by clicking here.

We are committed to football that fans love and the safety the players deserve at all levels of the game.  Your support is critical.

Thanks for your help, and we hope you enjoy the NFL Draft.

Roger Goodell
Commissioner, National Football League

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Posted by coltsindianapolis on April 7, 2013 – 6:15 am

Peyton Manning to give $500,000 to Pat Summitt Foundation to help fight Alzheimer’s disease
Indianapolis Colts’ worst draft picks: No. 9, cornerback Kevin Thomas

Twitter mailbag: Biggest impact free agents

Former Jaguar Aaron Ross apologizes for ‘vacation’ comment
Researchers consulted with law firms
NFL contract rules could help Matt Barkley, other QBs, get drafted in first round
Joe Flacco to portray Johnny Unitas in upcoming movie
Divisional needs: AFC South preview

Another Rob Gronkowski setback
Is Rivers part of the Chargers’ solution?

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