January 1, 2012 Leave a comment
Well, it is official.
The Indianapolis Colts will pick first in April’s NFL Draft.
And that means that the Indianapolis Colts will take Andrew Luck.
The Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Colts 19-13 to give the Colts a final record of 2-14, and to end an era.
For 10+ years, the Colts have represented a model franchise. Consistent super bowl contenders and winning with class.
This year, the wheels fell off without the one who made them contenders in the first place.
These players played hard today. They shouldn’t have gone out any other way. They deserved better from Colts fans. Most fans were cheering for the Jaguars today. But I understand why. I understand that the Colts now can get a guy who is as much of a sure thing as there has ever been. What a deal for Indy, getting 13 years of hall of fame play from Peyton Manning and then get one of the highest rated prospects ever after only one bad year.
I still think there is a chance Peyton stays. But that is for later. Right now, it is time to reflect on what these guys have done. The window has closed on the greatest era in Colts history. Sure, Peyton may stay, but is will be different.
So, while you celebrate Andrew Luck, remember to pause and thank these guys who have given the past 10 years to making Indianapolis a football town. Be thankful for the guys like Jeff Saturday, Reggie Wayne, Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis, and others.
And when April rolls around, you can be hopefull that the next 10 years are just as good.
Welcome to Indianapolis, Mr. Luck.
And thanks for everything, guys. Thanks Jeff. Thanks Reggie. Thanks Dwight, and thanks Robert. Thank you all for a great run.