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Old School

Robert Rubino connects current sports news with the past

Harbaugh vs. Manning

On Nov. 29, 1998, when Peyton Manning was a 22-year old rookie, he faced the Baltimore Ravens, led by 35-year-old quarterback Jim Harbaugh. Final score: Ravens 38, Colts 31. Harbaugh led a 17-point fourth-quarter rally. On Sept. 26, 1999, Manning, 23, and Harbaugh, 36, were once again opposing starting quarterbacks, as the Colts visited the San Diego Chargers. Final score: Colts 27, Chargers 19. Manning led a 14-point fourth-quarter rally.

Archie Manning, part of 1-2-3 QB draft of ’71

Archie Manning will be getting a lot of attention leading up to the Colts-Saints Super Bowl, even though he hasn’t played in the NFL since 1984. He is, of course, the father of Colts QB Peyton Manning; and he was New Orleans’ starting QB for 11 seasons. Manning was the second of three quarterbacks chosen with the first three selections of the 1971 draft, and he was, by far, the unluckiest of the three. In 14 seasons (he also played… Read More »

Colts-Saints link: Joe Don Looney

The most prominent Colts-Saints link is the Manning family. Archie Manning was the second overall selection in the 1971 draft and quarterbacked New Orleans until 1982, when he was traded to Houston after one game. And, as you know, his son Peyton will be quarterbacking the Colts against the Saints in the Super Bowl. But another Colts-Saints link is Joe Don Looney. Looney, a 6-foot-1, 230-pound running back, was a first-round pick (12th overall) of the New York Giants in… Read More »