We have some sad news to pass along, as yesterday former Indianapolis Colts all-pro kicker Cary Blanchard passed away at the age of 47 from what his ex-wife believes was a massive heart attack.
Blanchard was undrafted out of Oklahoma State in 1992, but he eventually signed with the New York Jets, where he spent the 1992 and 1993 seasons. He enjoyed his most success with the Indianapolis Colts, however, as he kicked for them from 1995-1997 and was a first-team All-Pro selection in 1996 and a Pro Bowl selection in 1997. During his tenure in Indianapolis, he played in 44 games and converted 87 of 105 field goals (82.9%) and all 73 extra point attempts. He hit a number of game-winners, and his 82.9% success rate ranks third in Colts history (behind only Mike Vanderjagt and Adam Vinatieri). After his time with the Colts, Blanchard also played with the Washington Redskins (1998), the New York Giants (1999), and the Arizona Cardinals (2000). In his eight year career, he played in 110 games and hit 165 of 214 field goals (77.1%) and 198 of 200 extra points.
Perhaps his most memorable kick came in the magical 1995 playoff run, as he hit a 30-yard field goal on the road against the Kansas City Chiefs in the third quarter to put the Colts up 10-7, a field goal that wound up being the difference.
Colts owner Jim Irsay tweeted out his condolences to Blanchard’s family and his memories of the kicker:
Rest in peace, Cary Blanchard. Won some big games for us in mid-'90s. Pro Bowl in '96. Colts thoughts and prayers to his family.— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) September 7, 2016