Other Colts Who Left Their Mark On the NFL

 

The Baltimore Colts have had many great players don the uniform.  Hall of Famers include wide receiver Raymond Berry and running back Lenny Moore, who scored at least one touchdown in 18 straight games-a record that still stands (though recently tied by LaDainian Tomlinson, himself a great RB).  As ESPN.com wrote, Moore is very underrated:

 

"...In 12 seasons with the Colts (1956-67), Moore ran for 5,174 yards, averaging 4.8 yards per carry. That's all good. But add to that 6,039 receiving yards -- an average of 16.6 yards a catch. That's all great. Moore, who played both flanker and running back, scored 113 touchdowns, led the Colts to NFL titles in 1958 and 1959, was a seven-time Pro Bowler...Moore was quick, fast, and tough. Despite cracking a rib in the 1958 championship game against the Giants, he played a crucial role, catching a 60-yard pass in the first quarter and then, taped up, decoying the rest of the game and setting things up for the Unitas-Berry connection (and ending the game with 5 receptions for 99 yards). "Unlike today when they announce everything, we didn't say a word to anyone," said Moore in 1999. "We just taped it up and I went back in to occupy some people and open things up on the other side for Raymond Berry."

 

A 5-minute Lenny Moore video with highlights and interviews is available at the Video/Audio Clips page.

 

Other greats include Hall of Fame linemen Art Donovan and Jim Parker ( regarded as the best right guard/tackle of all-time).

 

Tight end John Mackey is one of only five tight ends in the Hall of Fame, while coach Don Shula was inducted in 1997 and Weeb Ewbank made the cut in 1978.

 

Another famous Colts player is linebacker Mike Curtis who made a key interception in Super Bowl V and once leveled a fan who wandered onto the field.

 

One of the Top 100 NFL Players of All-Time, Hall of fame defensive end Gino Marchetti once broke his leg tackling RB Frank Gifford (in The Greatest Game Ever Played) on the key fourth down stop.

 

Let's not forget Tom Matte whose 12 years with the team spanned many great seasons.  He filled-in as QB in the 1965 Western Conference championship with the plays on his wristband that is on display in the Hall of Fame.

 

An honorable Colt, announcer Chuck Thompson spread the gospel of the Baltimore Colts (and Orioles) like nobody else.

 

Ted Hendricks played several seasons for the Colts early in his career before making his mark with the Raiders in the 1970s.

 

Colts in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

 

Johnny Unitas     John Mackey     Raymond Berry     Gino Marchetti 

 

Don Shula     Lenny Moore     Jim Parker 

 

Weeb Ewbank     Art Donovan     Ted Hendricks