The Colts moved to Indiana in 1984 and posted inconsistent performances. After going 3-13 in 1997, they drafted quarterback Peyton Manning. The team's high-octane offense raised hopes of a first Super Bowl for the franchise in Indiana. Another great quarterback from Indiana, Bob Griese (born in Evansville, played at Purdue), threw for 25,092 yards, 192 TDs and two Super Bowl wins with the Dolphins. Paul Hornung is among the many NFL Hall of Famers who moved from Notre Dame to the NFL.
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Shaun Pechin: I believe that Indiana should move up to at least top 15. Even though it is traditionally thought of as a basketball hotbed, football has taken the state by storm. Read more from Shaun
When the Irish are playing well, their gold helmets shining, there are smiles across the country. The coaching rolls at Notre Dame, which has won 11 national titles, include Knute Rockne and Lou Holtz. The players include wide receiver Tim Brown, one of seven Heisman winners, and tailback George Gipp. Indiana is the alma mater of quarterback-turned-receiver Antwaan Randle El. Pass-happy Purdue has turned out quarterbacks such as Drew Brees, and went to the Rose Bowl in 1967 and 2001.
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The Hoosier State would battle for No. 1 if this were a basketball ranking. The Indianapolis area has some good football, led by national power Warren Central. Spring 2006 DI signees: 29. Fall 2006 high school football teams: 314.
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