Indianapolis Colts: 30 greatest players in franchise history

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46. . Offensive Tackle. 1957-67. Jim Parker. 12. player

It seems crazy to think that an eight-time Pro Bowler and an eight-time All-Pro offensive lineman could find himself here at No. 12. And yet, with how many elite players have worn the horseshoe over the years, it seems fitting for a Hall of Famer like Jim Parker.

Don’t let the ranking fool you, though. Parker was a monster for the Colts during his 11 seasons with the team. Split between left tackle and left guard, those 11 seasons saw him pave the way towards one of greatest careers the NFL ever saw along the front-five.

Despite coming from a different era, Parker was the epitome of a premier pass blocker during those days. Helping to protect Johnny Unitas’ backside, the Ohio State product made it his personal duty to keep the iconic quarterback clean no matter what. That passion for protection helped him earn a bust in Canton.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — offensive linemen don’t get the love and respect they deserve. While you could say that’s still the case with Parker being ranked No. 12, I think it’s more than fair considering the ridiculous amount of talent still ahead.