|Colts to induct Marvin Harrison to Ring of Honor|
by Aaron Wilson of Scout.com, November 22, 2011 at 3:58 pm ET
Marvin Harrison Profile
The Indianapolis Colts will induct wide receiver Marvin Harrison into the team's Ring of Honor on Sunday at halftime of their game against the Carolina Panthers at Lucas Oil Stadium.
"Being inducted into the Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor means a lot to me," Harrison said. "The reality is, I'm at a loss for words. When Mr. Irsay called me and said ‘You're being inducted into the Ring of Honor,' I thought he was extending an invitation to me to be there for someone else. As the conversation went on it occurred to me that he was talking about me.
"As a player that was drafted in 1996, I saw others going up into the ring. But now to be one of those players placed in the stadium for a lifetime, words can't describe how I'm feeling. I've never had anything retired jersey or number-wise on any level. But to be recognized by the Colts is the highest honor for me and my family. I'm truly honored to be placed in the Ring of Honor and to be a lifetime member of the Indianapolis Colts."
Added Colts owner Jim Irsay: "Marvin Harrison is a very special football player, one of the elite players this sport ever has seen. We truly were blessed to witness his greatness on the field, the leadership he provided and the magic moments we will never forget. His excellence was on display for the duration of his career, and that is rare with most athletes. Part of what made him successful was his ethic and drive. He wanted to be the best, and he left nothing in reserve in his preparation and his approach to the game.
"His contributions can be measured in the receptions, yards and touchdowns he made, but it is impossible to calculate the other ways he influenced opposing defenses and helped his teammates be better because of the threat he posed. You always needed to know where Marvin was on the field if you were facing him. If you were like the rest of us, you always were on the edge of your seat in anticipation of what he might do that you would remember for a lifetime. He is one of the greats of all-time in league and Colts history, and it is an honor to place him in our Ring of Honor. What a tremendous professional."
Harrison is the Colts' all-time leader for receptions (1,102), receiving yards (14,580), touchdowns (128) and 100-plus yard games (59). Harrison's reception total ranks third in NFL history while his receiving yardage total is sixth-best and his 128 touchdowns rank fifth in league annals.
Harrison compiled club records with 143 receptions (NFL single-season record) and 1,722 yards in 2002. He totaled the Colts' top three receiving yardage seasons (1,722 in 2002; 1,663 in 1999; 1,524 in 2001) and the top two reception seasons (143 in 2002; 115 in 1999) in 13 years, all with Indianapolis.
Harrison concluded his career with eight Pro Bowl selections (1999-2006) and was a member of the Colts Super Bowl XLI championship team.
"When I was a rookie, he was in his third year," said Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. "I leaned on Marvin Harrison early. When you lean on a guy and he comes through for you, you keep leaning on him. When I threw my first pass at the preseason game in Seattle (1998), it was a four-yard pass and he ran 48 yards for a touchdown. I said to myself, ‘All you have to do in the NFL is just throw four-yard passes to Marvin Harrison and he runs for a touchdown.' That's essentially what he did for the time we played together. I'll always be indebted to him because he was always there and you could count on him. There was a special bond, a special connection. I always feel lucky to say I played with Marvin Harrison."
Also in the Ring of Honor: Robert Irsay, Bill Brooks, Jim Harbaugh, Chris Hinton, Tony Dungy, Ted Marchibroda and the 12th Man.
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