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Selecting the All-Time Colts 53-Man Roster

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John Farley at Field Gulls, the Seattle Seahawks SB Nation blog, had a fantastic idea for an interactive story during the slowest time of the NFL off-season. He put together a list of the franchise’s all-time 53-man roster that culminated into this story.

The Colts have had their own rich history of players who should not be forgotten and who deserve the kind of recognition that Hall of Fame voters and fans of other franchise’s might never see. This is the chance for the Stampede Blue Colts fan community to look back at some of the Colts great and vote for who they believe belongs on the all-time team.

We will start with the offensive side of the football at the skill positions of quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and tight end. There will be only two spots for quarterback, three for running back, five for wide receiver and three for tight end as this is the most common roster arrangement.

At the end of the project, we’ll include a 10 player practice squad designation for those who don’t make the cut but who received a high number of votes and should be recognized.

Quarterback

There have been some great signal callers in Colts history. Listed in the poll below are some of the most tenured and most prolific of all-time.

Poll

Which Colts Quarterback Must Be on the All-Time 53

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    Jeff George
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Jim Harbaugh
    (1 vote)
  • 1%
    Bert Jones
    (13 votes)
  • 2%
    Andrew Luck
    (22 votes)
  • 81%
    Peyton Manning
    (742 votes)
  • 0%
    Earl Morrall
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Mike Pagel
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Curtis Painter
    (9 votes)
  • 0%
    Jim Sorgi
    (0 votes)
  • 13%
    Johnny Unitas
    (125 votes)
914 votes total Vote Now

Running Back

As with quarterback, the Colts have had a history of running backs who are either in the Hall of Fame are belong squarely in consideration.

Poll

Which Colts Running Back Must Be on the All-Time 53

This poll is closed

  • 1%
    Joseph Addai
    (11 votes)
  • 1%
    Alan Ameche
    (14 votes)
  • 0%
    Donald Brown
    (5 votes)
  • 7%
    Eric Dickerson
    (73 votes)
  • 14%
    Marshall Faulk
    (131 votes)
  • 0%
    Frank Gore
    (3 votes)
  • 63%
    Edgerrin James
    (584 votes)
  • 0%
    Tom Matte
    (3 votes)
  • 1%
    Lydell Mitchell
    (16 votes)
  • 8%
    Lenny Moore
    (78 votes)
  • 0%
    Dominic Rhodes
    (4 votes)
922 votes total Vote Now

Wide Receiver

When you have historic quarterbacks throwing the football, receivers tend to flourish. Throughout franchise history, numerous receivers have made major contributions.

Poll

Which Colts Wide Receiver Must Be on the All-Time 53

This poll is closed

  • 1%
    Hank Baskett
    (10 votes)
  • 9%
    Raymond Berry
    (89 votes)
  • 0%
    Bill Brooks
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Austin Collie
    (4 votes)
  • 0%
    Pierre Garcon
    (2 votes)
  • 73%
    Marvin Harrison
    (668 votes)
  • 1%
    TY Hilton
    (16 votes)
  • 0%
    Jimmy Orr
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Brandon Stokely
    (0 votes)
  • 11%
    Reggie Wayne
    (108 votes)
  • 0%
    Griff Whalen
    (6 votes)
907 votes total Vote Now

Tight End

This is another offensive position that has benefited from a strong quarterback history.

Poll

Which Colts Tight End Must Be on the All-Time 53

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    Dwayne Allen
    (5 votes)
  • 53%
    Dallas Clark
    (484 votes)
  • 2%
    Ken Dilger
    (27 votes)
  • 0%
    Jack Doyle
    (9 votes)
  • 0%
    Coby Fleener
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Bryan Fletcher
    (3 votes)
  • 37%
    John Mackey
    (341 votes)
  • 3%
    Marcus Pollard
    (30 votes)
  • 0%
    Jacob Tamme
    (4 votes)
906 votes total Vote Now

While there is only one vote allowed on these polls we will fill the roster spots based upon votes received. If necessary, we’ll have some kind of tie-breaker votes.

For now, please submit your votes and feel free to discuss the Colts All-53 in the comments section below.