The Colts chose quarterback Peyton Manning in 1998, and he combined with wide receiver Marvin Harrison and running back Edgerrin James to lead the league's greatest offense in the early 2000s. The trio was nicknamed "The Triplets" because of their similar builds (6 feet 5 inches or 197 centimeters) and aggressive styles of play; they were the first such a talented group of players since the 1950s New York Giants team that included Harry Gilman, Jim Hardy, and Andy Johnson.
Manning led the Colts to the only Super Bowl victory in franchise history during the 2006 season, defeating the Chicago Bears 24-7 at Miami's Sun Life Stadium. He became the first quarterback to win the NFL MVP award twice.
1998 The Colts picked Manning first overall in the 1998 NFL Draft, and he remained their starting quarterback from 1998 through 2010. Manning, Peyton.
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The Indianapolis Colts selected wide receiver Marvin Harrison with the 19th overall pick in the 1996 NFL Draft. The pick was acquired in a trade with the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for Jeff George, the first overall choice in the 1990 draft. Harrison soon established himself as the number one weapon for Peyton Manning, the first overall choice in 1998. The two were paired together for 13 seasons, from 1999 until 2011 when Manning joined Bill Belichick's Patriots as he entered his retirement season. During that time, they combined for 562 touchdowns and over 75,000 yards of total offense while helping their teams to five Super Bowl appearances. After the 2011 season, the Colts decided not to re-sign Harrison and he became a free agent for the first time in his career.
Harrison signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers on March 11, 2012. He played only three seasons there before signing with the Baltimore Ravens in 2015. He announced his retirement on February 18, 2018.
Harrison finished his Indianapolis career with 1,542 receiving yards, 15 touchdowns, and a league-leading 153.1 average per game. He also has 72 catches for 998 yards and nine touchdowns in the playoffs.
Marvin Harrison was born on August 4, 1976 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was a student at North Side High School before moving on to play college football at the University of Miami (FL). He left school after one year to enter the 1996 NFL Draft.
Manning had an impressive 18-year career as the Colts' (1998–2011) and Denver Broncos' (2012–15) starting quarterback, winning two Super Bowls and defeating each of the current 32 NFL organizations. He finished his career with more than 60,000 yards of offense and 49 touchdowns against only 12 interceptions.
During his time in Indianapolis, Manning led the Colts to a 54-26 record and made five Pro Bowl appearances. In 2012, he helped lead Denver to its first championship since 1969 when they defeated New England 24-10 in Super Bowl XLVIII. The following season, Manning threw for 55 touchdowns against only nine interceptions while leading the Broncos to another Super Bowl appearance before losing to Seattle 42-25.
After spending the 2015 season on injured reserve due to neck problems, Manning announced his retirement from football on April 23, 2016.
He finished his NFL career with more than 50,000 yards of offense and 162 touchdowns against only 76 interceptions.
In addition to his career as a player, Manning has been involved in several controversies during his time in the league. In 2007, he was accused of sexual harassment by a former assistant coach but was never charged by law enforcement. In 2013, it was reported that he had been diagnosed with a serious heart condition known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM).
Fred Enke was the franchise's first starting quarterback, appearing in nine games for the Colts. Peyton Manning, the Colts' starting quarterback from 1998 through 2011, was a five-time MVP. Manning's stint was succeeded by Stanford QB Andrew Luck, who served from 2012 to 2018, before abruptly retiring during the 2019 preseason. The team has not announced a replacement.
Enke was drafted by the Colts in the second round of the 1997 NFL Draft. He started eight games that season and led them to a 4-4 record. In 1998, he started all 16 games and led the team to its first Super Bowl appearance. He lost his only start that year in what is now known as the "Super Bowl Shuffle". The following season, he started 15 games but missed two due to injury. He ended up losing his job to Manning, who went on to lead the Colts to victory in their only other Super Bowl appearance in 2014. After three seasons, Enke was released by the Colts.
Manning played his entire career with the Colts, completing more than 60% of his passes for over 70,000 yards and 49 touchdowns against 33 interceptions. He also ran for 1,806 yards and 14 touchdowns during his time with Indianapolis. Following Manning's retirement, new Colts head coach Frank Reich said that whoever takes over as the team's quarterback this offseason will have a chance to succeed.
Manning made his first Super Bowl participation in 2007 as a starting quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts, defeating the Chicago Bears 29-17 and winning the MVP award. His second appearance came in Super Bowl XLIV in 2010, when the Indianapolis Colts were routed 31-7 by the New Orleans Saints. Manning was sacked eight times and threw two interceptions.
He returned as Denver's starting quarterback in 2011 and went on to lead the team to its first Super Bowl victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
In 2012, Manning led the Broncos to another Super Bowl win this time over the Seattle Seahawks. He finished the game with four touchdowns passes and no interceptions while completing 22 of 28 attempts.
In 2013, Manning helped the Broncos capture their third Super Bowl title by defeating the Seattle Seahawks 42-40 in overtime. He finished the game with three touchdown passes and no interceptions while completing 24 of 36 attempts.
In 2014, Manning led the Broncos to their fourth Super Bowl victory over the Carolina Panthers. He finished the game with four touchdown passes and no interceptions while completing 25 of 38 attempts.
Manning has been named the NFL MVP twice, in both 2009 and 2014. He is also the only player in NFL history with 500 or more passing yards in each of his first seven seasons.
Manning will be entering his eighth season with the Broncos in 2015.
1994-1998 at the University of Tennessee 1994, Isidore Newman School Education, Peyton Manning
Peyton Manning was a highly rated high school star who won the national Player of the Year title during his senior year. He attended the University of Tennessee, where he was a four-year starter as quarterback.
Herron was signed by the Indianapolis Colts on October 9, 2013. Herron scored his first career running touchdown on a career-long 49-yard run against the Washington Redskins on November 30, 2014, to put Indianapolis up 14-3. The game was won by the Colts, 49-27.
He was released by the Colts on August 24, 2015.