Former Colts head coach Ted Marchibroda passes away

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Head coach Chuck Pagano of the Indianapolis Colts talks with former coach Ted Marchibroda before the game against the Houston Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 30, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Pagano has been sidelined on medical leave for three months with leukemia. The Colts defeated the Texans 28-16. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (January 16, 2016) –Former Indianapolis/Baltimore Colts Head Coach Ted Marchibroda passed away today at the age of 84.

“He had a proud history not just with the Colts, but also as a player, coach and broadcaster for over half a century with the NFL. Ted was an innovator and turned the Colts into an instant playoff team when he took his first head coaching role in 1975. Ted was as humble as they come, and he represented the Colts and our community with class both off the field and on,” said Colts owner and CEO Jim Irsay.

Marchibroda coached the Colts for nine seasons when the team was in Baltimore (1975-79) and Indianapolis (1992-95). He compiled a 71-67 (.514) regular season record. Marchibroda led the Colts to the playoffs four times and won three AFC Eastern Division titles. The Colts made the playoffs in each of his first three seasons with the team after winning the AFC Eastern Division three consecutive years from 1975-77. After leading the Colts to a 10-4 record in his first season with the Colts in 1975, Marchibroda was named NFL Coach of the Year. In 1995, Marchibroda guided the Colts to a 9-7 regular season record, including an appearance in the AFC Championship Game. In 2000, he became the first Colts head coach to be inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor.

After his coaching career, Marchibroda served as a radio color commentator for the Colts from 1999-2006.

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