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Which Colts legend of the past decade would you want on this team?

If you had the chance to bring back a Colts legend in his prime to this Colts team, who would it be?

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Just for clarification, this article is just for fun, and about which player you would want on the Colts, in his prime, for just this season, not to build a new team around.

There have been plenty of incredible players who have put on a Colts uniform since the year 2000. Which of those would take this Colts current team to the next level?

Bob Sanders, Safety

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Sanders was perhaps the best defensive back to ever wear a Colts uniform when healthy. However, he only managed to play 14+ games in just 2 out of the 7 seasons he was active for. In those two seasons, he was named to the All-Pro team and looked like the best safety in the entire NFL.

Sanders would fit right into this Colts team, playing alongside emerging safety Malik Hooker. The two of them could form the best safety tandem in the league, with Sanders' playmaking ability and excellent tackling to go along with Hooker’s tremendous range.

Robert Mathis, Defensive End

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We all know about Robert Mathis’ greatness. Even in the twilight of his career, he was still an amazing pass rusher, and was the master of the strip sack. Even at 32 years old, Mathis put up 19.5 sacks and an absurd 10 forced fumbles.

Robert would play right alongside Justin Houston as a defensive end, and would turn one of the Colts weaknesses into a strength. Actually, the Colts have not had a legit pass rusher since Mathis retired.

Marvin Harrison, Wide Receiver

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Harrison was inarguably the best receiver in Colts history. In my book, he is a step ahead Reggie Wayne mainly because of just how dominant he was in his prime. If we are choosing a guy to build around, I would probably go with Reggie, as he was productive for a longer period of time, but since we are choosing to play just one season, I have to go with Marvin.

Harrison would be the perfect complement to T.Y Hilton, with his amazing scoring exploits and excellent hands. Marvin and Luck together would form the best QB/WR duo in the entire league.

Tarik Glenn, Offensive Tackle

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Even though the Colts are more than set already at offensive tackle this season with Castonzo and Braden Smith, Glenn was just on another level. Tarik was a monster and helped keep Peyton Manning clean most of the time. Just imagining him next to Quenton Nelson on the left side makes me feel sorry for any opposing lineman.

Before retiring at the peak of his career, Glenn was selected to three straight Pro-Bowls. another interesting fact is that he missed just 6 games in his entire career, and they were all on one season.

Vontae Davis, Cornerback

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I know, I know, Vontae Davis is nothing close to being a Colts legend, and I might be stretching the premise of the article, but his 2014 season sure was legendary. Davis was simply dominant, a true shutdown cornerback and perhaps the only true #1 corner the Colts had in this decade.

Davis would make a fine addition to an already excellent cornerback room, and he would be asked to guard the most dominant receivers in the League, like Hopkins or Tyreek Hill, but he could more than hold his own against them.

Dwight Freeney, Defensive End

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Freeney’s story is quite similar to that of Mathis, the only difference being how high Freeney was picked and that he ended his career playing for a different team. Still, Dwight was just as dominant. His spin move was simply unblockable, truly a thing of beauty.

Freeney was excellent both rushing the passer and stopping the run, and he also would help solve the Colts pass-rushing issues right away.

Edgerrin James, Running Back

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Even though the Colts already have Marlon Mack, who is a solid emerging back, an elite complement to Andrew Luck would take the entire offense to the next level. During his prime, James was a true three-down back who could more than handle the entire load of the backfield on his shoulders.

Sure, this would relegate Mack to a backup spot, but James would most definitely be worth it.

Honorable Mentions: Peyton Manning, Dallas Clark, Reggie Wayne, Gary Brackett, Mike Vanderjagt (LOL jk)


As for me, I would take Robert Mathis, without a doubt. Mathis and Justin Houston would absolutely destroy opposing quarterbacks, and that famous strip-sack was just so overpowered. Mathis would transform the Colts defense from above-average to top 3 in the League, and having a player of his caliber would certainly make the Colts Super Bowl favorites.

Poll

Who would you take for just one season?

This poll is closed

  • 16%
    Bob Sanders
    (157 votes)
  • 24%
    Robert Mathis
    (242 votes)
  • 12%
    Marvin Harrison
    (122 votes)
  • 1%
    Tarik Glenn
    (12 votes)
  • 0%
    Vontae Davis
    (2 votes)
  • 25%
    Dwight Freeney
    (247 votes)
  • 15%
    Edgerrin James
    (147 votes)
  • 4%
    Other
    (41 votes)
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