Colts HOF candidates now and in the future

Indianapolis Colts former quarterback Peyton Manning attends the halftime ceremony where his jersey was retired and he was inducted into the Colts Ring of Honor at Lucas Oil Stadium.Photo: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

Manning, James, Vinatieri top prospects for Hall call

Retired

--Quarterback Peyton Manning and those who don't know why must have been on another planet during this century.

Also, running back Edgerrin James averaged 20.5 carries and 23.4 touches per game during his career. He is 12th all-time in rushing yards (12,246), had 80 rushing touchdowns, averaged 4.0 yards per carry and 82.7 rushing yards per game. In 1999 and 2000, he handled 97.6 percent of the Colts' running back rushes. Plus, he was a very good pass blocker and excelled as a receiver out of the backfield. James twice led the league in rushing (1999 and 2000) and was a four-time Pro Bowl participant while also earning four All-Pro selections. He is the all-time Colts leader in career rushing yards, attempts, and touchdowns. James was named to the NFL's 2000s All-Decade team and is in the Colts Ring of Honor.

Still playing

--Kicker Adam Vinatieri is currently the oldest player in the NFL (45). Mr. Clutch. Has connected on game-winning kicks in two Super Bowls for New England and made two key kicks in the tuck-rule game vs. Oakland, including the game-winner. Has been the kicker on five Super Bowl champion teams (three with New England and two with Indianapolis).

Vinatieri holds the league records for the most post-season points scored (234), most overtime field goals made (12), and is the only NFL player to score 1,000 points with two teams. He has made the second most field goals in league history (553) and attempted the third most field goals (655). Vinatieri hit a league record 44 straight field-goal attempts. He was selected to the NFL's 2000s All-Decade team. Vinatieri has had 20 seasons with 100 or more points, which is a league record. He has played in 30 career post-season games, most ever by an NFL kicker.

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