AFC South: Jerome Bettis

INDIANAPOLIS -- Former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy and receiver Marvin Harrison are a step away from being elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Dungy and Harrison are two of the 15 finalists for this year's Hall of Fame class.

The 46-person Hall of Fame panel will vote for the 2014 class on Feb. 1.

Dungy, the winningest coach in Colts history, won five division titles, reached the AFC Championship Game twice and won a Super Bowl while coaching the team from 2002-08.

Harrison was second in league history in receptions when he retired in 2008. He had eight straight 1,000-yard receiving seasons. He ended his career with 1,102 receptions for 14,580 yards and 128 touchdowns.

The Colts have 12 individuals in the Hall of Fame.

Here's a list of the 13 of other finalists for the Hall of Fame: Kicker Morten Andersen, running back Jerome Bettis, linebacker Derrick Brooks, receiver Tim Brown, owner Edward DeBartolo, Jr., linebacker Kevin Greene, punter Ray Guy, defensive end Charles Haley, defensive end Claude Humphrey, offensive tackle Walter Jones, safety John Lynch, receiver Andre Reed, guard Will Shields, defensive end Michael Strahan and cornerback Aeneas Williams.

Survey says: Brackett's best hit

July, 30, 2009
Posted by's Paul Kuharsky

While chatting with Gary Brackett during Colts minicamp, I had a chance to ask the middle linebacker about the best hit he's ever made.

Here's what he said:

"I think it's something that kind of gets pushed under the rug now, but the 2005 AFC Championship Game against Pittsburgh, I'm the one that hit [Jerome] Bettis and made him fumble on the 1-yard line. Nick Harper picked it up and it became The Immaculate Redemption.

"My play gets kind of cut out, you don't even see that any more, you just see Nick and Ben Roethlisberger tackle him. That's one that got away from us. I think we win that game, we might go on to win it all in 05.

"That's something you pride yourself on. When you're on the goal line, your backs against the wall and you just want to try to make a play and I was able to do that. It didn't work out for us, we went home. But as far as everything in the line, you give your team an opportunity to win, I think that would have to be my biggest.

"Bettis got the ball, you knew he was getting the ball, that was his last year. I just was able to put my helmet on the football, that's technique talk, that's very hard to do. But I had the perfect opportunity to put my head on the ball, the ball came out and the rest is history."