Indianapolis Colts: 15 greatest receivers in franchise history

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Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis Colts
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Marvin Harrison. 1. player. 46. . WR. (1996-08)

  • Pro Football Hall of Fame (Class of 2016)
  • Super Bowl XLI Champion
  • NFL 2000s All-Decade Team
  • 3x First-Team All-Pro (1999, 2002, 2006)
  • 8x Pro Bowl (1999-06)

Marvin Harrison is without question the greatest wide receiver in Colts history. He spent his entire 13-year NFL career out of Syracuse with the Colts, serving as Peyton Manning’s favorite target for 11 of them.

Harrison rattled off eight straight trips to the Pro Bowl from 1999 to 2006. He would be named First-Team All-Pro on three occasions with those years coming in 1999, 2002 and 2006. The last of those three All-Pro years resulted in a Super Bowl Championship for the Colts over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI.

Every season that Harrison made the Pro Bowl, he had well over 1,000 yards receiving. He led the league in receiving yards twice, receptions twice and touchdown grabs once in 2005. Quiet, yet steady in his pursuit, Harrison was a no-doubt inclusion on the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team at wide receiver.

In both years where he led the league in receiving (1999 and 2002), he averaged well over 100 receiving yards per game, making First-Team All-Pro both times. As one of the greatest wide receivers of all-time, his 2002 season is jaw-dropping ridiculous.

Harrison led the league with 143 catches and 1,722 yards to go along with 11 touchdowns. His receptions and receiving yardage that fall would stand as the very best of his Pro Football Hall of Fame career.

Harrison was a highly productive player up until his second to last year in the league in 2007. But by that time, his receiving corps companion Reggie Wayne was a full-fledged superstar in his own right. Harrison retired after the 2008 NFL season at the age of 36 with 1,102 catches for 14,580 yards and 128 touchdown grabs, all being Colts franchise records.

Despite being arguably the best and most consistent receiving threat in the NFL during the 2000s, Harrison would have to wait two years to earn his rightful spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The wide receiver logjam only kept Harrison out of Canton only briefly, as he was inducted in 2015 as a legendary Colts receiver.

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While it has been a decade since Harrison last suited up for the Colts, his impact on the franchise remains strong to this day. Manning and Johnny Unitas are No. 1 and No. 2 on the Colts’ Mount Rushmore, but Harrison seems to have secured a spot on that holy quartet all on his own.