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Thirty at Thirty: the Most Influential Members of the Indianapolis Colts

June 17th, 2013 at 10:56 AM
By Chuck Chapman

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As the Indianapolis Colts prepare to embark on their 30th season in Indianapolis, Colts 101 would like to take a look back at the 30 most influential players, coaches and front office personnel that have shaped the past three decades of Colts football.

Whittling the list of people down to 30 wasn’t easy. There are those we left off the list who certainly could be argued to be worthy of inclusion. We invite your comments and debate as we unveil this list between now and the start of training camp on July 27.

Without further ado, at number 30 on our list:

Andrew Luck

Luck has only been a Colt for one season, but oh, what a season that was! Luck was the Colts’ first overall draft pick in the 2012 draft and took over a team that had finished 2-14 the year prior to his arrival. He proceeded to guide the Colts to an 11-5 record and an improbable wild card playoff berth.

In the process, Luck demolished Cam Newton’s record for rookie passing yards. Of course it was Newton who had passed Peyton Manning (think he’ll be somewhere on the list?) the year prior.

It’s difficult to surpass expectations when you’re the number one overall pick in the draft, but Luck certainly did that in his rookie season. And in a franchise that counts Johnny Unitas and Peyton Manning as past quarterbacks, Luck has the potential to be the greatest of all time.

When it comes time to make a list of Colts greats for the 40th anniversary, Luck will no doubt be at or near the top. For now, however, he kicks off our list of the 30 most influential members of the Indianapolis Colts organization.

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