Indianapolis Colts: 15 greatest receivers in franchise history

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46. . (1956-67). HB/FL. Lenny Moore. 5. player

  • Pro Football Hall of Fame (Class of 1975)
  • 2x NFL Champion (1958-59)
  • NFL 1950s All-Decade Team
  • 5x First-Team All-Pro (1958-61, 1964)
  • 7x Pro Bowl (1956, 1958-62, 1964)

Lenny Moore could do it all for the Colts. After starring collegiately for Penn State, Baltimore used its No. 9 overall pick in the 1956 NFL Draft to select the offensive weapon. Whether he was playing halfback, or lining up in the slot as a flanker, Moore was certainly ahead of his time as an NFL superstar.

Moore made seven trips to the Pro Bowl in his career as a Colt. He earned five First-Team All-Pro honors, helping him make the NFL 1950s All-Decade Team. Though he only played with the Colts for four years late in the decade, he was instrumental in them winning back-to-back NFL Championships in 1958 and 1959.

Moore might have led the NFL in yards per rushing attempt his first three seasons in the league. However, he would prove to be a more than capable receiver throughout his mid to late 20s. He had over 40 receptions for 687 yards and six touchdowns as a pass catcher each year from 1957 to 1961.

Though he played primarily halfback during his 12 years with the Colts, Moore was listed as a flanker in both 1960 and 1961. He made the Pro Bowl both of those seasons as a receiver, as well as garnering First-Team All-Pro honors.

While he never had 1,000 yards receiving in any year professionally, Moore surprisingly had more career receiving yards (6,039) than career rushing yards (5,174). Of his 111 career touchdowns, 48 of them came on the receiving end.

It should come as no surprise that Moore led the league in yards per touch in his first six seasons with the Colts. His 1,175 yards from scrimmage was the most in 1957, as were his 10 and 19 total touchdowns in 1957 and 1964, respectively.

Even though he won NFL Rookie of the Year in 1956, perhaps his best season came years later in 1964. After overcoming a knee injury the year prior, Moore was named 1964 NFL Comeback Player of the Year and NEA NFL MVP. 19 total touchdowns would certainly do the trick.

Moore would be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the Class of 1975. Despite being overlooked by some Colts greats after him, Moore was easily the most versatile playmaker to suit for the franchise. Just imagine what his numbers would have looked like in a modern-day NFL offense.