The Indianapolis Colts’ Super Bowl XLI team is coming back to Lucas Oil Stadium to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the championship.
That evidently includes recently retired quarterback Peyton Manning, who previously assured he would attend a reunion if planned. Outside linebacker Robert Mathis and kicker Adam Vinatieri are the only current Colts who played on that 2006 team.
The Colts will recognize team members with a halftime introduction during the Nov. 20 home game against the Tennessee Titans. Two of the key components on that squad, head coach Tony Dungy and wide receiver Marvin Harrison, are to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 6 in Canton, Ohio.
On Feb. 4, 2007, the Colts won their first championship since their 1984 arrival in Indianapolis with a 29-17 victory over the Chicago Bears at Dolphin Stadium in Miami. Manning was named the game’s MVP. Kelvin Hayden returned a fourth-quarter interception for the game-clinching touchdown to start a memorable celebration in the Florida rain.
That team produced one of the more prolific offenses with 6,070 net yards (third int he NFL) for 427 points (tied for second). Manning passed for 4,397 yards and a league-leading 31 touchdowns. Harrison had 1,366 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns while Reggie Wayne contributed 1,310 receiving yards and nine touchdowns to mark the third time in franchise history the Colts had two 1,000-yard receivers. Running back Joseph Addai ran for 1,081 yards and seven TDs.
On defense, Mathis had 9.5 sacks and Dwight Freeney 5.5. Freeney eventually became the Colts’ all-time leader in sacks, then Mathis surpassed Freeney’s mark with 118 sacks.
Dungy became the first African American head coach to win the Super Bowl. He’s the only coach to lead a team to back-to-back 9-0 starts when he did it with the Colts in 2005 and 2006.
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