Two Indianapolis Colts legends have advanced to the final 15 of this year’s Hall of Fame nominations. Former head coach Tony Dungy experienced great success with the Colts from 2002-06, winning the AFC South crown five times, reaching the AFC Championship twice and leading the Colts to a 29-17 Super Bowl victory over the Chicago Bears during the 2006 season. On Dec. 23, 2007, Dungy won his 72nd game in charge and passed Don Shula’s record for highest number of wins by a head coach in Colts franchise history.
After retirement in 2009, Dungy was placed into the Colts’ Ring of Honor in 2010 and became the second head coach to achieve such recognition after Ted Marchibroda’s induction in 2000. Dungy’s legendary “Tampa 2” defense played a key role in transforming the Colts into one of the elite teams in the NFL, and his place in the Hall of Fame should be assured when the 46-man panel casts their votes at the beginning of next month.
Hoping to cement his spot in Canton alongside Dungy is former wide receiver Marvin Harrison, a man widely regarded as one of the best to ever play his position. Picked in the first round of the 1996 draft, Harrison’s 12-year career was littered with dozens of accolades and achievements thanks in large part to his hugely successful tandem with fellow Colts legend, quarterback Peyton Manning.
Harrison holds franchise records in all receiving categories with 1,102 receptions, 14,580 yards and 128 touchdowns. His long list of NFL records includes most receptions, passing yards and passing touchdowns between a quarterback-wide receiver pairing.
Harrison was voted to the Pro Bowl eight times during his illustrious career and joined Dungy in the Colts’ Ring of Honor in 2011. This year, Dungy and Harrison should be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame together, and no former player or head coach deserves it more.