Former Colts teammates will attend Hall of Fame ceremony for Tony Dungy, Marvin Harrison
ANDERSON, Ind. – The Indianapolis Colts’ upcoming business trip to Canton, Ohio for their Aug. 7 meeting with the Green Bay Packers in the Hall of Fame game will have a personal flavor.
Among the Class of 2016 for the Pro Football Hall of Fame are Marvin Harrison, the most prolific receiver in franchise history, and Tony Dungy, the winningest coach in team history.
Each will share the stage Aug. 6 for enshrinement ceremonies. Harrison will be presented by Colts owner Jim Irsay. Dungy has chosen former Pittsburgh Steelers teammate Donnie Shell to introduce him.
Each will have more than a few Colts-related acquaintances in the crowd. Coach Chuck Pagano will schedule the team’s normal Saturday pre-game routine to allow interested players to attend.
“Absolutely,’’ he said. “That’s out of respect. There’s guys who shed a lot of blood, sweat and tears with (Dungy) and played with Marvin.
“We’ve got some guys on this football team that went through that. They’ll be able to go.’’
In fact, it’s a short list of players with ties to Dungy and Harrison, each of whom retired after the 2008 season. The only Colts still around: Robert Mathis and Adam Vinatieri.
“Yeah, I’ll be there,’’ Mathis said of the enshrinement ceremonies.
Getting no respect:
A year after being virtually everyone’s trendy Super Bowl pick, the Colts are getting no love. A USAToday preseason poll ranked them No. 18, behind AFC South rivals Houston (No. 12) and Jacksonville (No. 17).
Now, NFL Network is predicting a 6-10 record. Analysts are sizing up each team, and clearly aren’t impressed with what the Colts have to offer.
“Good,’’ veteran linebacker D’Qwell Jackson said. “It’s more fuel to the fire. I don’t tend to look at (that). I know what we have in that locker room. I know the sense of urgency coming from every guy in that locker room that was part of last season and prior seasons.
“I’m glad. No one’s expecting (anything).’’
Andrew Luck completed a touchdown pass to T.Y. during 11-on-11 work. Trouble is, it was to defensive lineman T.Y. McGill and not wideout T.Y. Hilton. McGill stepped in front of a dump-off pass and rambled about 15 yards for a touchdown.
As defensive teammates converged on him, McGill displayed a nifty touchdown dance.
Rookie safety T.J. Green is expected to miss a few days after suffering a strained left calf in Wednesday’s practice. Also, linebacker Sio Moore is day-to-day with a toe injury sustained when someone stepped on his foot.
This and that:
Punter Pat McAfee missed Thursday’s practices with an undisclosed illness.