While combing through moments and memories, of course there were a few obvious ones that came to mind that were no doubt franchise-changing. These moments, however, happened in the draft. And just by that one simple word, I'm sure you all know which two moments I'm referring to.
However, I tried to keep the moments I have selected on the field instead of in the front office. With that, here are a few that could have made the list, but were left out.
Drafting of Peyton Manning in 1998
No doubt, the biggest move this franchise has made in arguably it's history. General manager (at the time) Bill Polian and owner Jim Irsay choosing Peyton Manning over Ryan Leaf was not a foregone conclusion back in '98. I don't think I need to rehash the outcomes as you have watched Manning's legacy unfold.
Drafting of Andrew Luck in 2012
The best draft prospect to come out of college since John Elway, Andrew Luck has emerged as the best young quarterback in the league. The old adage says that "history repeats itself," but nobody expected the Colts to repeat history just 15 years apart.
Opening of Lucas Oil Stadium
The house that Peyton built. This stadium doesn't come to fruition without Manning and the legacy he developed in Indianapolis. Though some fans (myself included) liked the old RCA Dome more than Lucas Oil Stadium, fans have grown fond of it. It is Peyton's house. And no Colts fan would want that any other way.