Every NFL Franchise has it’s own pantheon of football gods. That group of players who are not only historic in terms of talent, but even more than that, these are the players who you have to talk about when you tell the story of your team. This is part of a 32 article series where I tell you who I would put among that elite group. For this, it’s Mt. Rushmore. 4 players only. The 4 heads you would carve on a mountain that would live forever as the greatest in franchise history.
Now, I don’t profess to know the history of every franchise in the league. So, I did my research. And part of that was reaching out to you fans. But if you don’t agree with the 4 guys I have selected, come find me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/nfldraftboard and let me hear what you think.
Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts-The franchises that have worn the Colts moniker and the famous horseshoe logo on their helmets have been part of NFL history. They have had Super Bowl success and boast 2 of the greatest quarterbacks of all time in their uniforms. The franchise has been through it's ups and downs but their fanbase has remained loyal even through all the turmoil, and they prepare for a new era to begin this season as well.
1. Peyton Manning, QB-Not sure there’s a franchise with a better debate between who’s their best quarterback like the Colts do. I never saw Unitas play like, but I can say that having watched the entirety of Manning’s career, I’ve never seen a quarterback do more on the field in terms of running an offense that Manning has. Probably the smartest player to ever play the position and another guy who has done remarkable things while having a less than remarkable supporting cast.
2. Johnny Unitas, QB-For lost of long time Colts fans, Unitas is the guy. Not the biggest guy, not the strongest arm, not overly flashy, but watching highlights of him, his poise and control of the passing game was 50 years ahead of it’s time. 1 Super Bowl and 2 NFL Championships don’t hurt either.
3. Marvin Harrison, WR-I decided to go with best weapons to my 2 quarterbacks. Harrison was the best wide out that the league never gave credit to. He always drew double teams, everyone always knew he was the guy Manning was going to, but somehow he just kept making big catch after catch.
4. Raymond Berry, WR-It seems that every highlight I watch of Unitas, it's Berry is on the other end of all the big throws he made. Like Unitas he was a man ahead of his time, but this time is was his size and athleticism that seemed to be from the future when he was on the field.