Indianapolis Colts: 30 greatest players in franchise history

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Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis Colts
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46. . Wide Receiver. 1996-2008. Marvin Harrison. 3. player

As you can tell by the other names on this list, the Colts have a long history of outstanding wide receivers. Players like Reggie Wayne and Raymond Berry were the cream of the crop when it came to making big plays in the passing game.

When it all comes down to it, though, no Colts wide receiver had a bigger impact on the franchise than Marvin Harrison. Like many of these last few players, someone will try to debate it and rightfully so. However, Harrison is more than deserving of the No. 3 spot on this list.

Now I know that Harrison played in a different era than Berry. It’s easy to cite that as the main reason the former is far ahead of the latter on the Colts’ all-time receiving list. Well, you can tell yourself whatever you’d like to hear. The fact remains that Harrison stuffed the stat sheet, scored a heaping pile of touchdowns, and embarrassed countless defenders in the process.

Here’s a quick comparison to put things in perspective: Harrison played in 21 fewer games than Wayne yet scored 46 more touchdowns. The 1996 first-round pick was a man among boys, playing a pivotal role on some of the Indianapolis’ most successful offenses of the 1990s and 2000s.