This August, the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony will have a strong Colts presence, as former head coach Tony Dungy and wide receiver Marvin Harrison are both among the Class of 2016, while the Colts will also be participating in the Hall of Fame game against the Packers.
Dungy selected former Steelers teammate Donnie Shell to present him at the Hall of Fame induction, and Harrison has now made his choice as well. Colts owner Jim Irsay said today that he will present Harrison at the ceremony, according to SBJ's Daniel Kaplan.
It's a nice gesture, as Harrison previously said that Irsay was the first one he called upon hearing the news of making the Hall of Fame so that he could thank Irsay for giving him the opportunity to play for the Colts and for everything that Irsay had done for him. Harrison wanted to share that moment with Irsay, and he'll now share the induction ceremony as well.
Harrison is among the Colts' all-time greats and will be enshrined among the NFL's all-time greats when he goes into the Hall of Fame. He caught 1,102 passes for 14,580 yards and 128 touchdowns during his 13-year career (all with the Colts), ranking in the top seven in all three categories. He averaged 13.2 yards per catch and 76.7 yards per game while catching a pass in every single game played. He is the single-season record-holder for receptions with 143 in 2002, while he also holds the records for the most prolific passing duo between a quarterback and receiver, along with Peyton Manning - records that Manning doesn't think will ever be broken. Harrison was an eight-time Pro Bowler, a three-time first-team All-Pro, and is a member of the Colts' Ring of Honor.
Jim Irsay is the biggest Colts fan around, so it's cool that he'll be the one introducing Marvin Harrison in the Hall of Fame. It's a special time to be a Colts fan, with Peyton Manning recently returning to the Colts and Tony Dungy and Marvin Harrison both going into the Hall of Fame this August, in addition to the team the Colts are trying to build on the field around Andrew Luck as well.
UPDATE: CBS4's Mike Chappell spoke with Irsay about being asked to present Harrison, and Irsay had this to say:
"I cannot tell you how grateful and honored I am to be asked by one of pro football's all-time greatest players - Marvin Harrison - to present him into the Hall of Fame. Marvin provided innumerable exciting, jaw-dropping memories for me, and presenting into the Hall if very humbling.''