Indianapolis Colts: 15 greatest receivers in franchise history

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. WR. (1974-81). Roger Carr. 8. player. 46

  • Pro Bowl (1976)
  • 1976 NFL leader in receiving yards (1,112)
  • 254 career receptions w/Colts
  • 4,770 career receiving yards w/Colts
  • 29 career touchdown reception w/Colts

Roger Carr was a first-round pick by the Colts out of Louisiana Tech in the 1974 NFL Draft. He ended up spending his first eight NFL seasons with the team that drafted him in Baltimore. Carr had several solid seasons with the Colts, but his 1976 season was something else.

After playing on the “Shake & Bake” Colts offense of 1975, all Carr did was lead the NFL in receiving yards in 1976. He had 1,112 yards through the air on 43 receptions for 11 touchdowns. His yards per reception of 25.9 and yards per game of 79.4 were also the best in the NFL that season.

Carr made his first and only career trip to the Pro Bowl in that spectacular 1976 NFL season. While he never went over 1,000 receiving yards in a season again, Carr nearly did it in his second to last season with the Colts in 1980.

That 1980 season saw Carr haul in a career-best 61 catches for 924 yards and five touchdowns. Though he missed good chunks of the 1977 and 1979 NFL seasons, three times did Carr average over 20 yards per reception. However, he only averaged more than 50 yards receiving in a game in his NFL career. Coming as no surprise, those seasons came in 1976 and 1980.

Carr would leave the Colts after the 1981 NFL season to play his final two seasons with 1982 Seattle Seahawks and the 1983 San Diego Chargers. He retired at the age of 31 with over 5,000 career receiving yards.

Overall, Carr had 254 career receptions in Colts uniform for 4,770 receiving yards and 29 touchdown receptions. Clearly, the bulk of his NFL totals came while playing for Baltimore. While his career overlapped with Glenn Doughty in Baltimore, there is no question who the better of the two Colts receivers were in the mid to late 1970s.