Mike Chappell is a graduate of Beech Grove High School and Ball State University’s Class of 1973.
He jokes that he has covered the Indianapolis Colts since they arrived on the Mayflower in 1984. Chappell began working at the Indy Star in the summer of ’84 and initially was the backup Colts writer while also covering small colleges. In 1989, he took over as the beat writer and held that position until 2013. Chappell left the newspaper in September 2014.
Chappell says he has had the pleasure of seeing a lot great NFL football, and some pretty bad football in the Colts early years. He has covered tons of Super Bowls, including the two involving the Colts.
Chappell is a long-time member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee (a pretty big deal, if we do say so ourselves). He was inducted into the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame in 2014 and was named Indiana’s Sportswriter of the Year for 2014.
He currently lives in Beech Grove with his wife, Cathy.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Adam Vinatieri’s 24th season is over, but he’s not willing to concede there won’t be a 25th. The most prolific and decorated kicker in NFL history will undergo surgery on his left knee Wednesday to repair meniscus and patellar issues that have contributed to the worst season of his career. The decision was made following extensive consultation with the Indianapolis Colts and a reinforcing opinion from noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, who will handle the procedure. […]
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The end came suddenly, but had been building for quite some time. Adam Vinatieri, the NFL’s all-time leading scorer and the greatest kicker in league history, will be placed on the injured reserve list with a lingering issue with his left knee, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. He’ll undergo surgery on the knee. Monday’s decision ends Vinatieri’s 14-year career with the Indianapolis Colts and perhaps his 24-year career in the NFL. Only George […]
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – What caught our eye in the Indianapolis Colts’ 38-35 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. The most stunning image: that’s the same score of the Colts’ incredible overtime win over the Bucs in 2003. Can’t finish, again The reality can’t be denied. The Colts’ pursuit of a second straight playoff berth has taken a major hit because they’ve been unable to finish games during a late-season skid. They’ve lost five of their […]
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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ask for a show of hands from Indianapolis Colts eager to return to the playing field and two are prominent. That would be running back Marlon Mack and rookie wideout Parris Campbell. Each has been on the mend after recently fracturing his right hand. Campbell has missed four games and Mack two. Each is ready for Sunday’s road test against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “I’m doing well, coming along good,’’ Mack said Friday. “I had a good […]
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – For the first time in more than a decade, Adam Vinatieri won’t kick for the Indianapolis Colts because of an injury. Whether he ever kicks for them again remains uncertain. The most decorated kicker in NFL and team history has been ruled out of Sunday’s road game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. An injury to Vinatieri’s left knee that first surfaced during training camp recently flared up and rookie Chase McLaughlin, claimed off waivers from San Francisco, […]
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A Thursday afternoon meeting between Adam Vinatieri and the Indianapolis Colts is expected to determine the immediate future of the ailing placekicker. Vinatieri is experiencing increased discomfort in an unspecified injury to his left knee. It first bothered him during training camp at Westfield in August and has continued to be an off-and-on issue during the season. When it flared up again recently, Vinatieri underwent an MRI on the knee Wednesday. Consultation with Chris Ballard, the team’s […]
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A season of twists and turns and mounting misses has taken another uncertain turn for Adam Vinatieri. His status for Sunday’s game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – and perhaps the rest of the season – is up in the air after an injury to his left knee that first surfaced in training camp recently flared up. Vinatieri appeared on the NFL’s weekly injury report for the first time Wednesday – he was limited, although Wednesday is […]
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A season of twists and turns and mounting misses has taken another uncertain turn for Adam Vinatieri. His status for Sunday’s game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – and perhaps the rest of the season – is up in the air after an injury to his left knee that first surfaced in training camp flared up this week. Vinatieri appeared on the NFL’s weekly injury report for the first time Wednesday – he was limited, although Wednesday […]