Indianapolis Colts: 30 greatest players in franchise history

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Mike Curtis. 20. player. 46. . Middle Linebacker. 1965-75

It may not seem that way considering his position on this list, but Mike Curtis may have been the best linebacker to have suit up for the Colts. It just so happens that this list is so loaded with talent that, despite his elite playmaking skills, Curtis barely cracked the top-20.

It’s no knock on his abilities, though.

“The Mad Dog” was a monster in the middle of the Baltimore defense, striking fear in the heart of any opponent who had to cross his path. Whether he was rushing the quarterback or demolishing a poor running back who happened to wander into his vicinity, Curtis always found a way to make life difficult for offensive players.

Unfortunately, I have no stats to throw at you. Curtis played during the days before defensive stats were kept, meaning it’s unclear how many tackles or sacks he amassed during his career. Based on the four Pro Bowl nods and two All-Pro selections, though, I’d say the rest of the NFL knew how great he was.

Curtis was one of the most feared linebackers of his era. He spent 11 years with the Colts, winning two championships and cementing his status as an unforgettable talent along the way.