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The Team Spirit OVERTIME website begins where the Team Spirit books end.

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Updates

2020 Season

2020 Season Preview: The Colts go into battle with Philip Rivers at quarterback. The longtime Charger will have help in the huddle thanks to running backs Marlon Mack and rookie Jonathan Taylor, who could combine for 2,000-plus yards. Rivers also has the best group of blockers in the AFC. Newcomer DeForest Buckner will lead the defensive line, backed by solid linebackers and young and enthusiastic pass defenders.

2019 Season

2019 Season Roundup: The sudden retirement of Andrew Luck and season-ending injury to tight end Eric Ebron kept the Colts from finishing a season that started with several impressive victories. Quarterback Jacoby Brissett played well at times, but the team needed a star at that position to make the playoffs. The standout of 2019 was Quenton Nelson, who was recognized as the best left guard in the NFL.

November 17, 2019: Adam Vinatieri booted a 34-yard field goal against the Jaguars to move into first place on the all-time list. It was the 710th field goal of his career—one better than Morten Andersen.

2019 Season Preview: If Andrew Luck can stay on the field and the young defense takes another step forward in 2019, the Colts will be back in the playoffs. As Indy fans know, that’s two very big IF’s. Marlon Mack showed he can be a #1 running back and Spencer Ware should be okay as his back-up. The defense was full of surprises for opponents in 2018, including rookie Darius Leonard, who led the NFL in tackles and was named an All-Pro. Justin Houston, signed away from the Chiefs, will shift to the defensive line from linebacker, where his pass-rushing skills could add a new wrinkle to the Colts D.

2018 Season

2018 Season Roundup: The Colts made the playoffs after a miserable 1–5 start thanks to a great season by Andrew Luck. He threw for 4,593 yards and 39 touchdowns. Newcomer Eric Ebron had a career year at tight end and linebacker Darius Leonard led one of the best defenses in the AFC. Indianapolis beat the Houston Texans in the Wild Card round of the playoffs but lost to the chief the following weekend.

October 28, 2018: Adam Vinatieri became the NFL’s all-time leading scorer after booting a field goal against the Raiders.

September 9, 2018: Adam Vinatieri booted a 42-yard field goal against the Houston Texans to set a new all-time record for field goals, with 556. The old record was held by Morten Andersen.

2018 Season Preview: Quarterback Andrew Luck is still in his 20s, but he has absorbed a career’s worth of hits in just a few seasons. Does he still have greatness in him or is his luck running out? He has two superb receivers in T.Y. Hilton and Ryan Grant, as well as a decent group of pass blockers. Luck just has to get rid of the ball quicker. Even a great season from him won’t be enough for a winning record, however, unless the Indy defense improves at almost every position.

2017 Season

2017 Season Roundup: A preseason injury to Andrew Luck pushed Jacoby Brissett into the starting quarterback role. He did better than expected, but a 30th-ranked defense prevented the Colts from winning more than four games. Veteran Frank Gore led the club with 961 rushing yards and tight end Jack Doyle caught a team-high 80 passes.

December 31, 2017: Frank Gore became the fifth player in history to rush for more than 14,000 yards. The first four were Walter Payton, Barry Sanders, Emmitt Smith, and Curtis Martin.

2017 Season Preview: A lot rests on the surgically repaired shoulder of QB Andrew Luck in 2017. After two straight 8–8 season, Indianapolis fans are hoping for a return trip to the AFC title game and maybe even the Super Bowl. If they get there, the offense has to play like it did in 2014. And the defense will need to keep games close for Luck’s fourth-quarter heroics.

2016 Season

2016 Season Roundup: The Colts turned in their second straight 8–8 season in 2016 and missed the playoffs for the second year in a row. That hadn’t happened since the 1990s. The team played well against weak opponents but could not beat strong ones.  Andrew Luck threw for 4,240 yards and 31 touchdowns, and veteran Frank Gore ran for over 1,000 yards. But the defense was unable to make big stops in close games.

2016 Season Preview: How many times did Andrew Luck end up on the bottom of a pile in 2015? Too many to count. That will have to change if the Colts want to get to the Super Bowl in 2016. Rookie Ryan Kelly should be a big help as the team’s new center, and Jack Mewhort could be one of the NFL’s best guards. The defensive line is good, but the players behind them need to be more consistent—especially the linebackers and safeties.

2015 Season

December 27, 2015: Adam Vinatieri joined Gary Anderson and Morten Andersen as the only kickers in history with 500 field goals.

October 4, 2015: Kicker Adam Vinatieri became the first player to score 1,000 points with two different teams.

2015 Season Preview: The Colts hope that veteran runner Frank Gore will keep opponents from guessing pass on most plays. That should help Andrew Luck, who has a new target in Andre Johnson. If Luck’s blocking holds up, he could have an MVP season.

2014 Season

November 16, 2014: Adam Vinatieri kicked two field goals and two extra points against the Patriots to reach 100 points for the 17th time in his career. He had been tied with Jason Elam for the most 100-point seasons.

September 2, 2014: When Andrew luck looks down the field in 2014, he will have his choice of three excellent receivers—Reggie Wayne, Hakeem Nicks, and T.Y. Hilton. He may have to throw fast, however, because once again there are some softy spots on he offensive line. There are some new faces in the starting defensive lineup, but the Colts should nevertheless have enough to make it to the playoffs.

2013 Season

December 29, 2013: Robert Mathis had two sacks against the Jaguar to finish as the NFL leader for 2013 with 19.5 sacks.

October 14, 2013: Reggie Wayne became the 9th player in history with 1,000 receptions. The Colts are the only team with two 1,000-catch players. The first was Marvin Harrison.

September 4, 2013: Indianapolis opponents will be hoping for a little less Luck this year. Of course, that’s Andrew Luck. He specialized in game-winning drives as a rookie in 2012, and will be looking to boost the Colts to the top of the division in 2013. The team had a good draft and has plenty of experienced veterans who can make game-changing plays, such as Reggie Wayne. He’s part of a group of talented receivers that includes T.Y. Hilton and Darrius Heyward-Bey.

2012 Roundup

February 2, 2013: Bruce Arians was named NFL Coach of the Year. Filling in for Chuck Pagano (who underwent treatment for Leukemia), Arians guided a young and experienced team to 9 wins in 12 games—and an unexpected spot in the playoffs. Unfortunately, the Colts ran into the Super Bowl-bound Ravens in the playoffs and lost 24–9.

November 4, 2012: Andrew Luck set a new record for rookie quarterbacks when he threw for 433 yards in a 23–20 victory over the Miami Dolphins.

Summer, 2012: With Peyton Manning gone, rookie Andrew Luck is the new “face” of the Colts. The new offensive coordinator is Bruce Arians—the quarterbacks coach when Manning was a rookie 14 years ago. This should help Luck step into the starting role, as Manning did back in 1998.

More Go-To Guys

I’ve met Artie Donovan and he has some of the craziest football stories I’ve ever heard. (Author’s Collection)Your Content Goes Here

John Mackey caught a deflected pass in Super Bowl V against the Cowboys and outran the Dallas defense for a 75-yard score. It was a really cool play. (Author’s Collection)

Lydell Mitchell used to destroy the New York Jets. They could never figure out where he would be next. (Topps, Inc.)

  • Art Donovan — Defensive Tackle
    Born: 6/5/1925
    Played for Team: 1950 & 1953 to 1961
    Art Donovan was quick, strong, and a ferocious tackler. He helped form the heart of Baltimore’s championship teams during the 1950s and 1960s. Donovan also was a great comedian. His jokes kept his teammates laughing.

  • Bobby Boyd — Defensive Back
    Born: 12/3/1937
    Played for Team: 1960 to 1968
    Bobby Boyd had great instincts and always seemed to be around the ball. In nine seasons, he intercepted 57 passes and recovered two fumbles. He was just as dangerous once the ball settled into his hands. Boyd returned five turnovers for touchdowns during his career.

  • John Mackey — Tight End
    Born: 9/24/1941
    Died: 7/6/2011
    Played for Team: 1963 to 1971
    John Mackey helped change the way people viewed tight ends. He used his great speed to get down the field and catch long passes. When he had the ball in his hands, he was very difficult to tackle. Mackey was voted All-Pro each season from 1966 to 1968.

  • Bubba Smith — Defensive End
    Born: 2/28/1945
    Played for Team: 1967 to 1971
    When quarterbacks dropped back to pass, they kept one eye on their receiver and the other eye on Bubba Smith. He stood 6′ 7″ and weighed 270 pounds. Smith was one of the hardest tacklers in the NFL. After his playing career, he became a movie star.

  • Lydell Mitchell — Running Back
    Born: 5/30/1949
    Played for Team: 1972 to 1977
    Lydell Mitchell was a two-way threat for the Colts. He was a tough runner who topped 1,000 yards three times in his career. Mitchell also beat opponents as a receiver out of the backfield. He caught 296 passes, including 17 touchdowns, for Baltimore.

  • Edgerrin James — Running Back
    Born: 8/1/1978
    Played for team: 1999–2005
    Edgerrin James was one of the NFL’s most feared runners from the first day he became a Colt. He had the strength to run right over tacklers, but he also had the moves to make them miss. James made the Pro Bowl four times with the Colts.

More Fun Facts

This “Big Daddy” Lipscomb card came out of a vending machine. Lipscomb was also a pro wrestler. (Exhibit Supply Co.)

  • BIG SECRET
    The Indianapolis Colts were almost the Phoenix Colts. When owner Robert Irsay decided to move the team from Baltimore in 1984, he met secretly with the Governor of Arizona and a group of investors. After word of the meeting leaked to the newspapers, Irsay decided to pick Indianapolis.

  • DADDY’S HOME
    Eugene Lipscomb was one of the biggest, quickest blockers of the 1950s. He was know far and wide as “Big Daddy”—but not because of his size, but because he called people whose name he couldn’t remember “Little Daddy.”

  • BEACH PARTY
    The day after winning Super Bowl V, Colts owner Carroll Rosenbloom flew the entire team—plus their families—to a resort in the Bahamas.

League Leaders

When Bert Jones needed a first down, Roger Carr was the man he looked for. Carr had great hands and was one of the fastest receivers in the NFL. (Colts./NFL)

This Alan Ameche card was actually the back of a Bazooka Bubble Gum box. (Topps, Inc.)

This program came from a dinner for Lenny Moore after he retired from the Colts. (Author’s Collection)

  • RUSHING YARDS
    1955 — Alan Ameche — 961
    1988 — Eric Dickerson — 1,659
    1999 — Edgerrin James — 1,553
    2000 — Edgerrin James — 1,709

  • RECEIVING YARDS
    1948 — Billy Hillenbrand — 970
    1957 — Raymond Berry — 800
    1959 — Raymond Berry — 959
    1960 — Raymond Berry — 1,298
    1976 — Roger Carr — 1,112
    1999 — Marvin Harrison — 1,663
    2002 — Marvin Harrison — 1,722
    2007 — Reggie Wayne — 1,510

  • PASSING YARDS
    1957 — Johnny Unitas — 2,550
    1959 — Johnny Unitas — 2,899
    1960 — Johnny Unitas — 3,099
    1963 — Johnny Unitas — 3,481
    1976 — Bert Jones — 3,104
    2000 — Peyton Manning — 4,413
    2003 — Peyton Manning — 4,267
    2016 — T.Y. Hilton — 1,448

  • RUSHING TDs
    1955 — Alan Ameche — 9
    1964 — Lenny Moore — 16
    1969 — Tom Matte — 11

  • RECEIVING TDs
    1957 — Jim Mutscheller — 8
    1958 — Raymond Berry — 9 (tied for NFL lead)
    1959 — Raymond Berry — 14
    2005 — Marvin Harrison — 12 (tied for NFL lead)

  • PASSING TDs
    1957 — Johnny Unitas — 24
    1958 — Johnny Unitas — 19
    1959 — Johnny Unitas — 32
    1960 — Johnny Unitas — 25
    1968 — Earl Morrall — 26
    2000 — Peyton Manning — 33 (tied for NFL lead)
    2004 — Peyton Manning — 49
    2006 — Peyton Manning — 31
    2014 — Andrew Luck — 40

  • POINTS
    1964 — Lenny Moore — 120
    1976 — Toni Linhart — 109
    1999 — Mike Vanderjagt — 145

  • INTERCEPTIONS
    1957 — Milt Davis — 10 (tied for NFL lead)
    1959 — Don Shinnick & Milt Davis — 7 (tied for NFL lead)
    1965 — Bobby Boyd — 9
    1976 — Lyle Blackwood — 10

  • SACKS
    2013 — Robert Mathis — 19.5

Playing for the Championship

SEASON GAME OPPONENT SCORE
1958* NFL Championship New York Giants Won 23–17 (OT)
1959* NFL Championship New York Giants Won 31–16
1964* NFL Championship Cleveland Browns Lost 27–0
1968* NFL Championship Cleveland Browns Won 34–0
1968* Super Bowl III New York Jets Lost 16–7
1970* AFC Championship Oakland Raiders Won 27–17
1970* Super Bowl V Dallas Cowboys Won 16–13
1971* AFC Championship Miami Dolphins Lost 21–0
1995 AFC Championship Pittsburgh Steelers Lost 20–16
2003 AFC Championship New England Patriots Lost 24–14
2006 AFC Championship New England Patriots Won 38–34
2006 Super Bowl XLI Chicago Bears Won 29–17
2009 AFC Championship New York Jets Won 30–17
2009 Super Bowl XLIV New Orleans Saints Lost 31–17

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