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News » Indianapolis Colts Notes, Quotes 2009-03-03


Indianapolis Colts Notes, Quotes 2009-03-03


Indianapolis Colts Notes, Quotes 2009-03-03
--Peyton Manning on the release of Harrison: "It has been a privilege to play football with Marvin Harrison for the past eleven years. I always will be indebted to Marvin for what he has done for my career. I know that I would not be the quarterback I am today if not for Marvin. Marvin and I worked very hard together on our timing, and it paid off with many completions, touchdown passes, and, most importantly, wins. That was the main thing.


"He and I wanted to do our jobs in order to help the Colts win. And most of the time, we did. Nobody could get open like Marvin. Cornerbacks used to tell me that he was the most difficult wide receiver to cover because all of his routes looked the same at the beginning of the route.

"That, to me, is the ultimate compliment for a route-runner. It will be strange to line up under center and not see No. 88 out on my right, but I have cherished the eleven years we played together, and I am proud to share the (league's quarterback-receiver) tandem records that we hold together. He is a Hall of Fame receiver, I am proud to have played with him, and he will always be an Indianapolis Colt in my book."

--Head coach Jim Caldwell on losing Harrison: "It's a tough day for us, losing one of the all-time greats. Marvin is a consummate winner. He was involved in 118 wins here with this franchise. I think Johnny Unitas is the only one ahead of him, I believe with 132. So he certainly did leave his mark. From my standpoint, I had an opportunity to kind of watch him on the practice field day in and day out. Just the most competitive guy you'd ever want to see. He came on the practice field to work, to get better, to demonstrate his ability to get open consistently no matter who was guarding him and no matter what the situation. He also had just great pride in what he did. He never wanted to drop a ball on the practice field. He wanted to catch every pass and finish it off right. Marvin led by example. Rarely did he ever use words. He didn't have to."

--Polian said that any final decision on where training camp will be located should come sometime in the next few weeks.

"We're still working on the site," he said. "With respect to the institutions that are involved (Anderson University and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology) and ourselves, (a decision is expected) sooner rather than later. But we have a little more time. We don't have to do it tomorrow or the next day or next week. We can do it certainly within a month."

--Caldwell may make a few changes in how the team's spring workouts and training camp practices are conducted this year.

"Jim has already put his mark on the daily operations (of the team) in the way he wants things done, which is a little different than what (former Colts coach) Tony (Dungy) did and that's to be expected and understandable," Polian said.

"But we've gone ahead (with the transition from Dungy to Caldwell) without any interruption at all. (Caldwell) has taken a little bit different approach to the off-season (conditioning) program. And perhaps the (training) camp. We haven't solidified that yet. But we're talking about it. He had some questions about what we did in the past and we're working our way through and we'll see if we can get them answered."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's a day as an owner that you know will eventually come, but it's not a day that you look forward to." -- Colts owner Jim Irsay on the release of veteran WR Marvin Harrison.



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