Colts ranked as one of the top teams in NFL history based on franchise quarterbacks

Peyton Manning is a two-time Super Bowl champion, a five-time NFL MVP, 2-time NFL Offensive Player
Peyton Manning is a two-time Super Bowl champion, a five-time NFL MVP, 2-time NFL Offensive Player / Jack Gruber, USA TODAY, USA TODAY

The NFL recently ranked every NFL team by their quarterback history, and the Indianapolis Colts were named as one of the top QB teams in history.

It’s been tough sledding at the quarterback position for the Indianapolis Colts in recent years, but that hasn’t always been the case. The Colts are a franchise with a tremendous quarterback history, and have been home to some of the league’s best talents at the quarterback position. Fans were reminded of that in a recent ranking done by the NFL.

On the NFL’s official website, the league recently released an hour-long video doing an in depth ranking of every team based solely on franchises’ quarterback history. The Colts, who’ve been blessed with multiple Hall of Fame quarterbacks, were ranked at No. 2 on the list.

Colts ranked second-best franchise based on quarterback history

Of course, Peyton Manning was listed. Arguably the greatest quarterback of all time, Manning was with Indianapolis for 14 years, playing 208 games over 13 years. With the Colts, Manning won a Super Bowl and four MVPs, went to 11 Pro Bowls, and made five first-team All-Pros.

Johnny Unitas was also listed, as he was credited with ushering in a new era of quarterback play to the league. Unitas spent 17 years with the Colts when they were in Baltimore, and helped the team win four championships. He also won three MVPs, made 10 Pro Bowls, and had five First-Team All-Pro seasons.

Andrew Luck and Bert Jones were also acknowledged. Luck quickly established himself as one of the best QBs in the league, making four Pro Bowls before injuries led to his career abruptly ending after seven years. Jones played nine years for the Baltimore Colts from 1973-1981 and won an MVP and Offensive Player of the Year Award in 1976, when he led the league in passing yards.

The only team ahead of the Colts is the Green Bay Packers, with three Hall of Fame quarterbacks in Brett Favre, Bart Starr, Arnie Herber, and a soon-to-be fourth in Aaron Rodgers whenever he decides to hang it up.