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Standout Receivers in Colts History

The Colts franchise has been fortunate enough to have fielded two of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history: Johnny Unitas and Peyton Manning. Unitas carved his legend during the late '50s and throughout the '60s. A 10-time Pro Bowler, five-time All-Pro and first ballot selection for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Unitas won back-to-back NFL titles in '58 and '59 and earned a Super Bowl ring following the 1970 season. He was a fearless, natural leader who epitomized grace under pressure, and he held all major career passing records when he finally retired.
Peyton Manning's legacy is still being carved, but it's reasonable to believe that he could retire as the most prolific passer to ever play in the NFL. A model of proficiency and precision, Manning has eclipsed 4,000 passing yards in all but two of his 12 seasons (through 2009), earning himself 10 Pro Bowl berths and five All-Pro picks thus far. If he retired today, Manning would still be a first ballot inductee to Canton.
With these two leaders as the face of the Colts' franchise, it can be easy for fans to sometimes forget the men on the other end of the passes: the wide receivers and tight ends who helped build the reputations of Unitas and Manning (as well as the other QBs in franchise history). Among them are some of the greats to ever play at their positions (Lenny Moore, John Mackey, Raymond Berry, Marvin Harrison), as well as some forgotten players who may not qualify as all-timers, but were dutiful performers for the Colt franchise (i.e. Jimmy Orr, Willie Richardson, Billy Brooks). They are all listed herein: a tribute to the standout receivers in Colts history.

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