Catching Up With . . . Colts center Ken Mendenhall

Catching Up With . . . Colts center Ken Mendenhall

Remember Ken Mendenhall? Maybe not. The onetime Colts' center toiled in the trenches, seldom screwed up and never pouted or popped off. In truth, Mendenhall was so anonymous that when he retired in 1981, few realized that he had started 118 consecutive games — a franchise mark that stood for a quarter of a century until passed in 2005 by Peyton Manning, then Indianapolis' quarterback.

"I didn't know I had the record until Peyton broke it," Mendenhall, 65, said from his home in Edmond, Ok. "My take on it is that [Manning] has the Indianapolis Colts' record [227 games] and I have the Baltimore Colts' record. They are two different horses."

An All-American...