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5 Indianapolis Colts Cheering for Stanford to Beat Dayton On Thursday

5 Indianapolis Colts Cheering for Stanford to Beat Dayton on Thursday

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On Sunday, No. 10 seed Stanford upset No. 2 seed Kansas in the NCAA tournament, and they'll play No. 11 seed Dayton in the Sweet 16. While Dayton has been a darling of the tournament thus far, there are five members of the Indianapolis Colts likely hoping their clock has struck midnight. As a Colts fan, I feel it's now my moral obligation to always cheer for the Cardinal. Stanford plays Dayton Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.

5. Andrew Luck (QB)

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5. Andrew Luck (QB)

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Quarterback Andrew Luck graduated with a degree in architecture from Stanford in 2012. When the Colts claimed him with the No. 1 pick in the draft, it initiated the Circle City's Stanford infusion.

4. Coby Fleener (TE)

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4. Coby Fleener (TE)

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Coby Fleener was drafted a round after (34th overall) his Stanford teammate Andrew Luck. He majored in science, technology, and society, and has since written multiple articles for Sports Illustrated through Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback.

3. Griff Whalen (WR)

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3. Griff Whalen (WR)

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Griff Whalen was one of Andrew Luck's college roommates, and signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent in April 2012. As a freshman at Stanford, he made the team as a walk-on. He was a lacrosse star in high school; coach Jim Harbaugh allowed him to continue playing both sports in college. He majored in engineering and product design.

2. Delano Howell (S)

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2. Delano Howell (S)

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Delano Howell was the fourth member of the Stanford class of 2011-12 to join the Colts (he's the one who returned the blocked field goal for a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks). Howell also competed in track and field at Stanford and was particularly successful at long jump. He majored in science, technology, and society.

1. Pep Hamilton (Offensive Coordinator)

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1. Pep Hamilton (Offensive Coordinator)

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Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton was with Stanford for three years (2010-2012). Before that, he was the quarterbacks coach for the Chicago Bears (which means Kyle Orton and Jay Cutler). He attended Howard University, but since the Bison aren't in the NCAA tournament, he might as well cheer for the Cardinal.