Indianapolis Colts: 15 greatest receivers in franchise history

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The Indianapolis Colts have had some outstanding pass catchers over the years. Here are their 15 greatest receivers in franchise history.

Dating back to their founding as the second incarnation of the Baltimore Colts in 1953, this NFL franchise has had some outstanding quarterbacks play for them. From Johnny Unitas to Bert Jones to Jim Harbaugh to Peyton Manning to Andrew Luck, few NFL franchises can claim as many excellent signal-callers as can the Colts.

That being said, these quarterbacks needed playmakers to get open so that they could sling the pigskin in their direction. So it should not come as a surprise that the Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts have had some incredible receiving talents play for them over the years.

The Colts might have been a dominant franchise in the NFL from the late 1950s throughout the late 1970s. However, they would fall on hard times in the early 1980s, eventually moving west to Indianapolis in 1984. The Colts would struggle for their first two decades in their new city, but became a juggernaut once again in the 2000s with Manning under center.

Of course, while Unitas, Jones, Harbaugh, Manning and Luck put up gaudy numbers in Colts uniform, let’s not overlook the guys turning those passes into completions. Here are the 15 greatest receivers in Colts history.

One point of clarification on this all-time list is that only wide receivers, split ends and flankers will be included. That means no tight ends or running backs, with one lone exception, but it’ll make sense when we inevitably get there. Without further ado, let’s get cracking and see who comes in at No. 15.

Honorable Mentions: Austin Collie, Pierre Garcon, Anthony Gonzalez, Eddie Hinton, Reggie Langhorne, Donte Moncrief, Jerome Pathon, Ray Perkins, Floyd Turner, Terrence Wilkins