December 1, 1987 |
On the street where the Irsays live, people like to say that the family that lifts together sticks together. Jim Irsay, 28, vice president and general manager of the National Football League's Indianapolis Colts, is a power weightlifter who has competed as a 280-pound super-heavyweight, though his natural weight is 220. His wife, Meg, is a body builder who, in her first contest, was named Miss Southern Indiana. Jim placed second the first time he lifted competitively.
February 7, 2010 |
Peyton Manning doesn't like to waste time. So, for instance, when the Indianapolis quarterback runs on the treadmill, he doesn't just chug along like everyone else. He practices the two-minute drill while jogging, gesturing and calling out plays as he racks up the miles. "The first time I saw that I was like, 'What is he doing?' " Colts guard Ryan Lilja said. "I'd never seen that before, but then I realized it makes perfect sense. This guy is a next-level thinker." For one NFL team -- either Manning's Colts or the New Orleans Saints -- the next level is just four quarters away.
February 4, 2007 |
Snow is forecast for Chicago and Indianapolis today, and the high temperature might not climb much higher than single digits in either city. There's no chance of that in Miami, but forecasters say there's perhaps a 50% chance of rain falling on the Super Bowl. The field at Dolphin Stadium can easily withstand a shower; a drainage system under the turf can process up to three inches of rain an hour. "The last game, we played in snow, sleet, rain.
August 12, 1992
Quarterback Mark Rypien of the Washington Redskins, most valuable player in the Super Bowl, signed a contract Tuesday and will join the team for Sunday's exhibition against the San Francisco 49ers in London. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Rypien was seeking $3.7 million per year, a figure that would put him among the NFL's five top-paid quarterbacks. Washington was offering $12 million over four years.
September 13, 1989 |
One team's fairy-tale ending to a famous football trade. The scene: Super Bowl XXIX, 1995. "Thank you, Commissioner Trump, thank you," Eric Dickerson says in the Indianapolis Colts' locker room as he hoists the Lombardi Trophy over his head. "I thought the first Super Bowl was sweet, but four is a nice round number." (Cheers, cameras flash, applause.) "What was the question? Who? John Robinson? Yeah, I hear he's selling commercial real estate with Steve Dils in Atlanta." (Laughter.
May 8, 1989 |
While the book may finally be closed on the Eric Dickerson trade, the mouth--Dickerson's, that is--is not. It's working just fine, thank you, ready and able to expound on topics galore. You're familiar with the history, no doubt: On Oct. 31, 1987--Halloween, of all nights--the Rams traded Dickerson to the Indianapolis Colts and received a windfall of high draft choices, as well as running back Greg Bell. It was a bold and audacious move on everyone's part, beginning with Dickerson's pre-trade rips of management, to the Rams' bluff-calling, to the Colts' willingness to open their wallets to Dickerson's contract demands.