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Posted by Kevin Bowen on June 18, 2013 – 8:54 am

Each morning 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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Posted by coltsindianapolis on April 28, 2013 – 10:30 am

2013 NFL Draft: Indianapolis Colts brass delighted with bevy of draftees
Colts trade way into 5th round, grab Tenn.-Martin DT Montori Hughes
Colts pick Utah State RB Kerwynn Williams in 7th round
Colts add USC center Khaled Holmes with 4th round pick
Peyton Manning says October game vs. Colts not on his mind yet
Justice Cunningham is 2013 NFL Draft’s ‘Mr. Irrelevant’
Instincts key Colts safety Boyett
Hughes brings troubled past to Colts
Colts continue O-line revamping

Five more become Colts
Trojan Horse
Instant Reaction: TE-Justice Cunningham with the No. 254 pick
Instant Reaction: RB-Kerwynn Williams with the No. 230 pick
Instant Reaction: S-John Boyett with the No. 192 pick
Instant Reaction: DT-Montori Hughes with the No. 139 pick
C/OG Khaled Holmes with the No. 121 pick
Grigson finds trench player in a former wrestler, Thornton
Harnish looks back on eventful final day of 2012 NFL Draft
Thornton’s toughness continually praised by draft analysts

The work left to do in the AFC South
AFC South draft analysis
Wooten’s best quality for Titans: speed
The Texans’ four sixth-rounders
Jaguars now have options at safety
Titans may need run downs from Edwards
Denard Robinson: Offensive weapon?
Texans grow LB depth with Williams
Titans continue to add to O-line
Ace Sanders could give Jaguars a jolt
On the Jaguars’ restraint at quarterback

Eagles take Matt Barkley at No. 98
Source: LB Shaun Phillips to Denver
LeGarrette Blount dealt to Pats
QB Ryan Nassib goes to Giants
The 2013 draft’s winners, losers
Five best, worst matches of the draft
2013 NFL Draft: Breaking down winning and worrisome picks
Stephen Ross: Dolphins better without Tony Sparano
2013 NFL Draft: Winners and losers; rookie GMs do well
NFL Draft: Fraternal brothers of rehab helping Lattimore
Big weekend for the Packers and other thoughts on Day 3 of draft

Bill Belichick’s plan speaks to depth
NY Jets GM John Idzik, who helped build talented Seattle Seahawks, right to draft QB Geno Smith

NY Giants grab Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib after trading up in the fourth round of the NFL draft
Jon Bostic and Khaseem Greene thrilled to be joining the Bears’ legacy of linebackers

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Posted by coltsindianapolis on April 24, 2013 – 6:54 am

2013 NFL Draft: Colts TE Dwayne Allen remembers the 2012 draft costing him $1 million
Indianapolis Colts’ best draft picks: No. 1, QB Peyton Manning
ESPN analyst believes Colts Andrew Luck might wind up being one of best QBs in NFL history
Colts Top 7 ‘front seven’ draft prospects
Colts’ Top 5 possible offensive linemen picks
Blogger mock: Xavier Rhodes to Colts

2013 NFL Draft Preview: Safeties
Colts top draft pick: Cornerback
Same-page value

After more time with Jaguars’ new duds
Thoughts on Jaguars’ new uniforms
Blogger mock: Keenan Allen to Texans
Numbers show Jags’ need at DE, CB
Blogger mock: Dion Jordan to Jaguars

Big decisions loom for Texans as NFL draft approaches
NFL draft goes local
Owner Shad Khan OK with Jaguars’ first pick in draft
A round of hugs for Goodell and Draftees
NFL beefs up draft security
Chiefs hold NO. 1 pick in draft for first time
NFLPA signs deal with electronic-signature company
GM: Worst NFL Draft in past 10-12 years

No rust to get DE help
Patience on QB will pay off if Idzik can resist ‘reach’ tomorrow
Oceanside draws line to NFL

NY Giants may draft Notre Dame LB Manti Te’o
So many needs, so few picks for Bears

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Posted by coltsindianapolis on April 19, 2013 – 6:42 am

2013 NFL Draft: Colts GM Ryan Grigson on his plans for the 24th pick
Indianapolis Colts’ pre-NFL draft roster: Sizing up the defensive backs
Indianapolis Colts’ worst draft picks: No. 3, DT Steve Emtman
Bob Kravitz: Waiting for Colts GM Ryan Grigson to text me whom team will take in the NFL draft
Five things to know about the Colts 2013 schedule
Colts’ 2013 schedule harder than it looks?
Colts offseason conditioning: What’s new after getting reacquainted in locker room
Manning’s return, 4 prime time dates highlight Colts sked.
Manning returns Oct. 20 to face Colts
Colts Grigson a no-nonsense GM with media
Indianapolis Colts schedule analysis
Ryan Grigson avoids misinformation game
Should Freeney’s 93 be back in action?
2013 NFL Schedule: Manning at Indy highlights reunion game

2013 NFL Draft Preview: inside linebackers
A new era of Colts cheerleading underway
Colts top draft pick: defensive lineman
Colts host local combine for 10 area prospects
Colts 2013 schedule unveiled

Jacksonville Jaguars schedule analysis
Tennessee Titans schedule analysis
Houston Texans schedule analysis
On common NFL draft misperceptions

4 prime-time games on tap for Texans
Mayock’s take on 10th overall pick
Jaguars to open season at home, but four of first six games will be on road
Browns owner’s company in trouble
Best NFL games of 2013: Latest clash involving Peyton Manning and Tom Brady a no-brainer
Trade talk heating up around league with draft a week away
NFL draft history full of good, bad and weird moments
2013 NFL schedule: Ranking Thursday night football games

Patriots trying to do their part
Rex Ryan is Raven mad about Baltimore Orioles
No one knows what Chargers schedule means

NY Giants 2013-14 NFL schedule has Eli Manning facing Peyton Manning in week 2
Krammer: Quick throws key to Cutlers success

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Posted by coltsindianapolis on April 18, 2013 – 8:41 am

Indianapolis Cols QB Andrew Luck’s goals for Year 2? Win a title, get better at everything
Colts former GM Bill Polian: ‘you’ve got to try and win every game’
Colts notes: LB Pat Angerer rebounding from second surgery on broken foot
Indianapolis Colts’ best draft picks: No. 4, DE Dwight Freeney
Colts offseason conditioning: what’s new after getting reacquainted in locker room
Sizing up the Colts’ pre-NFL draft roster: linebackers
Colts Notebook: Vinatieri expects warm welcome for Manning
Indianapolis Colts cheerleader: Most amazing feeling in the world
Colts’ new-look offense defies definition

2013 NFL Draft: Defensive tackles
Colts Mailbag
Colts top draft pick: tight end
Only going to get better

On enthusiasm at the start for Jaguars
A look at Titans’ unofficial depth chart
Another Mel mock? You bet!
On AFC South and 2010 draft’s first round

Ertz, Eifert top NFL prospects at tight end
Antioch’s Quinton Patton races toward NFL
Jaguars Notebook: Blaine Gabbert not worried about possibility of drafting QB
Clay Matthews signs extension
Peyton Manning wants faster offense
No perfect time

Tim Tebow may or may not be in competition for NY Jets’ QB job, says GM John Idzik
Jaworski likens Manuel to Kaepernick

NY Giants’ Justin Tuck says team won’t miss Victor Cruz until Week 1 of NFL season
Lack of mental errors pleases Bears’ Trestman

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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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Posted by craigkelleycolts on April 16, 2013 – 8:51 am

The draft is on April 25-27, starting nine days from now.

To help get fans fired up as the 2013 team takes further shape, we have posted pictures of 60 draft picks during the Indianapolis era and have asked fans to vote for the best all-time choice during our local era.

This is a contest where you can vote, and vote.

In a week’s worth of tabulation, the top 10 reads like this:

1268, Peyton Manning (D1-98)

814, Andrew Luck (D1-12)

757, Reggie Wayne (D1-01)

660, Marvin Harrison (D1-96)

497, Dwight Freeney (D1-02)

497, Edgerrin James (D1-99)

439, Robert Mathis (D5-03)

398, Dallas Clark (D1-03)

389, Marshall Faulk (D1-94)

280, Antoine Bethea (D6-06)

Six days ago, we posted the early leaders, and there has been no change in the order.  Edgerrin James has caught Dwight Freeney, and Marshall Faulk has sneaked up on Dallas Clark.

Faulk (1994) and Marvin Harrison (1996) are the two draft-oldest players in the voting.

Peyton Manning (1998) is the third-oldest in draft chronology, and he leads runner-up Andrew Luck, the youngest player in the top 10, by a wide margin.

The Manning-Luck 1-2 punch could underscore the value of their position while highlighting the talent each brings to it.  It is a quarterback-driven league.

Numbers three (Reggie Wayne) and four (Marvin Harrison) are and were (respectively) frequent targets in the club’s potent passing offense.

Both Harrison (12,766) and Wayne (10,602) went past 10,000 yards in completions from Manning, while Wayne snared 106 passes for 1,355 yards from Luck in 2013.

The bulk of the players in the top 10 were a part of the 2000-09 decade when the Colts won 115 regular-season games, six division titles, two AFC crowns and Super Bowl XLI.  Manning (141), Wayne (127), Harrison (118), Freeney (112) and Mathis (105) are five of the 14 Colts players who participated in more than 100 regular-season wins.

Faulk’s 1999 departure opened the door for James and from 1994-2005, the Colts had some of the most productive rushing offenses in the NFL.

As the voting continues, feel free to vote your convictions, but there are a number of players on the list who had very noteworthy careers beyond the opening rounds.

Mathis (fifth-round) and Antoine Bethea (sixth-round) are the two lowest round players in the top 10.  There are some on the list of 60 who had great careers, too.

Thank you again for voting.  We love the support you have for the Colts.

We know you are looking forward to next week’s draft.

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Posted by coltsindianapolis on April 12, 2013 – 6:49 am

Indianapolis Colts cheerleader tryouts: It’s down to the wire
Colts sign Army lieutenant/linebacker Josh McNary
NFL latest stadium change: More crowd noise
Colts roster breakdown: Sizing up receivers, tight ends
Colts best draft picks: No. 7, WR Reggie Wayne
Colts look to military for reinforcements
Army officer ready to take his shot with Colts
Pagano urges others to make plan, stick to it to overcome life’s biggest obstacles
Colts turn to the Army for a prospect

2013 NFL Draft: wide receivers
Colts top draft pick: quarterback
McNary to don blue

Video: Gruden’s review of Matt Barkley
It’s coffee and cardio for Dave Caldwell
Will Titans’ offense look like Texans
Jennings departs, Dobbins returns

Arian Foster reaches semifinals in Madden cover vote
Tennessee Titans Marc Marianai believes injury recovers is on schedule
Jacksonville a good fit for new Jaguars DT Sen’Derrick Marks
Leagues prepare for day when gat athlete comes out
Ex-WR Sam Hurd pleads guilty
Jags eye 2 players for No. 2 pick
Financial regulators say multiple NFL, NBA players ensnared in $18 million investment scheme
You can thank NFLPA’s Foxworth for big changes in Pro Bowl
NFL chief marketing officer Mark Waller shares his thoughts on European expansion

Rob Gronkowski, Patriots decide to delay surgery
Former quarterback Jeff Garcia believes Tim Tebow can only hurt NY Jets
Tracking Danario Alexander

NY Giants’ Justin Tuck hopes Victor Cruz is at offseason workouts Monday
Te’o will be solid draft pick

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Posted by coltsindianapolis on April 11, 2013 – 8:49 am

Indianapolis Colts season ticket sales have returned to Peyton Manning-era renewal rates
Indianapolis Colts’ worst draft picks: No. 7, cornerback Don Anderson
Say it’s so, Joe: Former Colts offer Flacco tips for playing Unitas
Colts sign former army standout Josh McNary

2013 NFL Draft preview: running backs
Colts mailbag

A peek into Todd McShay’s new mock

Texans re-sign ILB Dobbins for 1 year
Tennessee Titans new wideout Kevin Walter expects to keep pace
Getting the word out on Jaguars’ London appearance
Ravens, Rolando McClain agree
Richard Sherman: ‘Half the league’ takes Adderall
Hall expects record turnout for 50th year
Peyton Manning throws to Wes Welker at workout

Pats play catch-up
NFL economics leave many vets jobless

Te’o makes pre-draft visit to Bears

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Posted by craigkelleycolts on April 10, 2013 – 11:29 am

The draft is on April 25-27, starting 15 days from now.

To help get fans fired up as the 2013 team takes further shape, we have posted pictures of 60 draft picks during the Indianapolis era and have asked fans to vote for the best all-time choice during our local era.

This is a contest where you can vote, and vote.

In early tabulation, the top 10 reads like this:

908, Peyton Manning (D1-98)

599, Andrew Luck (D1-12)

547, Reggie Wayne (D1-01)

489, Marvin Harrison (D1-96)

361, Dwight Freeney (D1-02)

358, Edgerrin James (D1-99)

322, Robert Mathis (D5-03)

295, Dallas Clark (D1-03)

272, Marshall Faulk (D1-94)

205, Antoine Bethea (D6-06)

How this shapes up at the moment is no real surprise, but take a look sometimes at a player in later rounds who had a truly noteworthy career.  There are some.  Many great teams are built through successes beyond the first day of the process.

In the next few days, I will feature who I think is the best player taken during our local era at 10 different positions.  The stories already are written.  If they reflect the vote, that’s great, but you never know.

Thanks for checking the site and voting.  We love it.

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