Colts owner Jim Irsay will present Marvin Harrison for Hall of Fame induction

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Marvin Harrison

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 21, 2016) – No one should doubt the impact Jim Irsay had on Marvin Harrison’s career, all of which unfolded with Irsay’s Indianapolis Colts. The evidence keeps piling up.

When Harrison is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Aug. 6 in Canton, Ohio as a member of the Class of 2016, his long-time boss will present him.

Irsay confirmed that Tuesday from the NFL owners meetings in Boca Raton, Fla.

“I cannot tell you how grateful and honored I am to be asked by one of pro football’s all-time greatest players – Marvin Harrison – to present him into the Hall of Fame,’’ Irsay said. “Marvin provided innumerable exciting, jaw-dropping memories for me, and presenting into the Hall is very humbling.’’

Harrison was selected for the Class of 2016 on Feb. 6 in San Francisco. He declined to comment on the honor when we reached him – we’re a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee – until he shared the news with Irsay.

“The first person I wanted to call was Jim Irsay,’’ Harrison said last month. “I told him he was my first phone call and he was like, ‘You’re kidding me. I said, ‘Jim, I’m telling you, I think of everything you’ve done for me, my family, everything you’ve done for the city of Indianapolis.’

“I told him everything he did for me meant a lot to me. To be part of the horseshoe and to be going into the Hall of Fame under the Indianapolis Colts just means a ton to me. That’s what I shared with him.’’

The Colts selected Harrison in the first round of the 1996 draft with the 19th overall selection. In 13 seasons, he established himself as the most prolific receiver in franchise history with 1,102 receptions, 14,580 yards and 128 touchdowns. He ranks No. 3 in NFL history in receptions, No. 5 in touchdowns and No. 7 in yards.

The Hall of Fame weekend will have a decided Colts flavor.

Along with Harrison, former coach Tony Dungy is a member of the Class of 2016. Also, the Colts meet the Green Packers in the Aug. 7 Hall of Fame game that officially opens the 2016 season.

“It’s so rare that you see a team get two guys in (at the same time),’’ Irsay said last month. “Marvin’s been all ours and Tony is mainly ours from the accomplishments that got him into the Hall.

“So special, really special. It’s just tremendous for the horseshoe.’’

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