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Catching Up With ... Former Colts middle linebacker Ed Simonini
Catching Up With ... Former Colts middle linebacker Ed Simonini

Nearly 40 years later, the taunts still haunt Ed Simonini, the Colts' 6-foot middle linebacker. "Guys would tease me, saying, 'Why don't you get up on your high heels?' Or: 'Can't you grow another inch?' " Simonini's response? "I'd roll with the punches and give it right back — on the field," he said. That he did. From 1977 to 1980, Simonini led the Colts in tackles, helping them to the AFC East title, and their last playoff appearance, in 1977. He starred for three more seasons, the linchpin of a once-proud defense as the Colts' brass systematically drained the team and exiled most of the veterans. Now 60,...

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