This Sunday the Indianapolis Colts will host the Tennessee Titans in a huge divisional matchup, but they’ll also host their 2006 Super Bowl XLI championship team in a reunion. At halftime of this Sunday’s game, they will be honored in front of the crowd at Lucas Oil Stadium to celebrate the ten-year anniversary.
According to FOX59’s Mike Chappell “more than 40” players and coaches from that 2006 team will be in attendance, and we now have a better idea of at least some of the more notable former players who will be there. Colts.com’s Kevin Bowen mentioned eleven players who are expected to attend this weekend’s festivities: running back Joseph Addai, linebacker Gary Brackett, tight end Dallas Clark, left tackle Tarik Glenn, defensive back Kelvin Hayden, defensive back Marlin Jackson, linebacker Cato June, quarterback Peyton Manning, running back Dominic Rhodes, center Jeff Saturday, and wide receiver Reggie Wayne.
Bowen notes that two other prominent notable former Colts, head coach Tony Dungy and wide receiver Marvin Harrison, will be in attendance on Thanksgiving night when presented with their Hall of Fame rings.
And, of course, a few other notable guys will be around, as pass rusher Robert Mathis and kicker Adam Vinatieri are still on the team. Furthermore, backup quarterback Jim Sorgi is now the color commentator for the Colts radio broadcasts. So while those three probably won’t be able to take part in some of the halftime Sunday festivities, they’ll likely still get to catch up with their former teammates as well. Mathis even mentioned yesterday that the guy he’s most looking forward to seeing this weekend is Dominic Rhodes, who will be among those back in town.
Jim Irsay is flying everyone in and they will celebrate and catch up on Saturday before the halftime ceremony on Sunday.
“It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years,” Manning told FOX59’s Mike Chappell recently. “Jim Irsay has been just great. He has sent every player plane tickets to the game. Gonna have a little Saturday night reception and then something at halftime. Classic Jim Irsay. Doing it right and taking care of all the players, helping them get there. Sounds like we’re going to have a great turnout and really looking forward to it.”
The legendary quarterback had similar sentiments when talking with Colts.com, as he said, “Jim is as generous as they come. He’s flying everyone in. I don’t know what the exact itinerary is but I know it will be first class, like he always does. I really look forward to that. It’s going to be great.”
It should be a great weekend for those guys getting a chance to catch up with each other, and it should be a great weekend for Colts fans to reflect on the special team that was finally able to bring the Lombardi Trophy to Indianapolis. Fortunately, it sounds like a good number of them are going to be able to make the trip to Indy this weekend to take part in the celebration.