Colts to induct Marvin Harrison into ring of honor Sunday

What can I write to fully express the greatness of Marvin Harrison? 

What can I write about a guy who, year after year was the go-to-guy on the NFL’s best offense? 

How can I truly honor Marv for all his contributions to the Colts? 

I can’t.  The Colts can’t.

Sure, they can induct him into a ring of honor that is becoming increasingly prestigious, which they will Sunday. 

But Marvin Harrison deserves more.  He deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame. 

In his 13-year career, Harrisoncaught 1,102 passes (3rd all time) for 14,580 yards (6th) and 128 touchdowns (5th).

He developed an incredible connection with Peyton Manning.  They became the greatest quarterback-wide receiver duo in NFL history.  They teamed up for 953 completions, 12,756 yards and 112 touchdowns, all NFL records.  

In 2002 alone, Marvin caught an NFL record 143 passes for 1,722 yards and 11 touchdowns. 

Every year from 1999 to 2006, Marvin Harrison amassed 1,000 yards receiving and caught double digit touchdowns each year. 

Yet, despite all his success,Harrison’s decline came suddenly and surprisingly.  

In 2006, he caught 95 passes.  The next year?  20.  He was injury plagued in 2007 and 2008, and following a 2008 wild card playoff loss atSan Diego, Marvin Harrison asked Colts owner Jim Irsay to grant his release.  Irsay reluctantly obliged.  

And just like that, the career of one of the NFL’s greatest receivers in its history, was over.  

Still, Marvin Harrison is the only player in league history to catch a pass in every game he played in, 190.  

And on Sunday, he will be inducted into the Colts’ ring of honor.  He will be the 8th inductee, joining the late Robert Irsay, Bill Brooks, Jim Harbaugh, Chris Hinton, Ted Marchibroda, Tony Dungy, and the 12th man. 

The Colts are 0-10, and by the time Marvin is to be honored at halftime, they may be well on their way to 0-11.  

He may not even recognize the team he gave his all to for 13 years.  

But there is one thing that fans will recognize – that their beloved #88 deserves more than just ring of honor status.  Sure, that’s a big accomplishment and a huge start.  But Marvin Harrison deserves nothing short of a gold jacket and a bust in the pro football Hall of Fame. 

Thanks for everything, Marv. 

(For more on Marvin Harrison and quotes from Manning, Marvin and more, head here)

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