Indianapolis Colts’ All-Time Sack Leaders
The Indianapolis Colts began play as the Baltimore Colts in the NFL in 1953. They played there for 30 years before moving to Indianapolis before the 1984 season. The Colts are a storied franchise, having won two championships before the Super Bowl era, and two during it. They have also, at least since Peyton Manning arrived, been known as an explosive offensive team. But Tony Dungy also built an awesome defense, one that has helped them reach the Super Bowl twice in the last four years as I write this in 2010. What follows here is a short list of the Colts’ all-time leaders in sacks, keeping in mind that sacks became an official statistic in 1982:
Dwight Freeney (84)—Defensive end Dwight Freeney is one of the game’s best defensive players, and he’s played his entire career so far with the Colts, beginning in 2002. Freeney leads the Colts all-time with 84 sacks, and his best season so far was 2004, one of three times Freeney was selected as a first team All Pro. That year, Freeney led the NFL with a career high 16 sacks, and he added 3 passes deflected, 3 forced fumbles, 32 tackles and 3 assists.
Robert Mathis (63)—Defensive end Robert Mathis has played for the Colts his entire career, since 2003, and he ranks second in franchise history with 63 sacks. Mathis had arguably his best season so far in 2008. That year, he made the Pro Bowl and tied a career high with 11.5 sacks, adding 3 passes deflected, 5 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries including one for a touchdown, 36 tackles and 12 assists.
Duane Bickett (50)—Linebacker Duane Bickett played for the Colts from 1985 to 1993, and he ranks third in the team’s history with 50 sacks. Bickett had a career high of 8 sacks twice, in 1987 and 1989. But his best season was arguably 1986. That year, Bickett had 5 sacks, 2 interceptions, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, and a career high 144 tackles.
Donnell Thompson (40)—Defensive end Donnell Thompson played his entire career for the Colts, beginning in Baltimore in 1981 and through 1991 with Indianapolis. Thompson ranks fourth in Colts’ history with 40 sacks, and his best season was probably 1989. That year, Thompson had a career high 7 sacks, and added 2 fumble recoveries.
Chad Bratzke (37)—Defensive end Chad Bratzke played for the Colts from 1999 to 2003, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with 37 sacks. Bratzke had possibly his best season in 1999, when he had a career best 12 sacks, adding 3 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 34 tackles and 14 assists.