Indianapolis Colts: 30 greatest players in franchise history

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Marshall Faulk, Indianapolis Colts
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1994-98. Marshall Faulk. 30. player. 46. . Running Back

The list of outstanding running backs who suited up for the Colts is a long one. Isn’t that obvious based on that Marshall Faulk, a Hall of Famer and legendary runner, finds himself here at No. 30 on this list of all-time Colts greats?

Now don’t get me wrong — Faulk was a sensational runner for Indianapolis. The problem was that his best days as an NFL running back weren’t spent with his first team. Instead, the play that propelled him into the Hall of Fame came after he was traded away to the St. Louis Rams, spurring him to shine brighter than 99.5 percent of NFL backs, past or present.

Still, Faulk did work with the Colts. Despite only playing with the franchise for five years, he’s still third on the team’s all-time rushing yards list. He broke the 1,000-yard mark in four of those five seasons, and earned Pro Bowl honors in three of them. Faulk’s final season with Indianapolis ranks sixth among every other rushing effort any Colts back has put together.

Could things have gone better for Faulk during his days in Indy? Probably. But the past is the past, and that’s all there is to it. Despite the sour split between sides, he’s more than worthy of a spot on this list of the club’s all-time best players.