Rewind the clock to October 31, 1987, when the Colts stunned the football world by acquiring Eric Dickerson as a part of a three-team trade with the Los Angeles Rams and Buffalo Bills. Indianapolis dealt away its first- and second-round picks in the 1988 NFL Draft, its second-round pick in the 1989 NFL Draft, running back Owen Gill and the rights to linebacker Cornelius Bennett to land Dickerson. Dickerson, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1999, spent four and a half seasons in Indianapolis and was dominant for his first two and a half years with the team, including rushing for more than 1,000 yards in just nine games after the ’87 trade and a league-leading 1,659 yards in 1988.
On April 15, 1999, the Colts were at again, but this time they were the ones dealing away the star running back. Marshall Faulk, one of the game’s all-time great all-purpose threats, was coming off of an incredible 1998 season when he rushed for 1,319 yards and caught 86 passes for another 906 yards. However, Faulk reportedly wanted to renegotiate his deal that had two years left on it, and the Colts instead sent the future Hall of Famer to the St. Louis Rams for a second- and fifth-round draft pick. Faulk helped the Rams to two Super Bowl appearances and the Super Bowl XXXIV title.
On September 18, 2013, the Colts did it again when they sent a 2014 first-round pick to the Cleveland Browns for Richardson. The Browns selected Richardson with the third overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, meaning that Indianapolis now has the first – Andrew Luck – and third picks of last year’s draft on its roster. The combination of Luck and Richardson has a legitimate chance to form a dynamic duo for a long time to come.
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