Indianapolis Colts: 30 greatest players in franchise history

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player. 46. . Fullback. 1955-60. Alan Ameche. 24

The first and only fullback on this list, Alan Ameche was a rock star upon entering the league in 1955. Although the position has since died out, the bowling ball of a running back helped pave the way for the Baltimore running game during the late 1950s.

You must remember that it was a different day in the NFL. Fullbacks carried the ball nearly as often as running backs, serving as the power in the ground game. Ameche, who broke the then-NCAA record for career rushing yards at Notre Dame, was an instant spark plug for the Colts offense.

As a rookie, Ameche led the league in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. From there, he would continue his ways of destruction, rumbling over defenses on his way to four straight Pro Bowl selections. Although his career only lasted six seasons, Ameche made the most of every single carry.

Ameche may not be regarded among the greatest running backs in Colts history, but we must again remember that it wasn’t the NFL of today. Rushing for 961 yards in a season was quite the feat, which is exactly what the Baltimore bruiser, a.k.a. “The Horse,” accomplished as a rookie.