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Jon Hand-Classic Colt

Jon Hand was the Colts’ first round draft pick in 1986, and part of the first really good Colts teams in Indianapolis.  He was an immediate starter with the team, playing in 15 games his rookie year, racking up 5 sacks and 82 tackles as one of the lone bright spots on a team that started 3-13.  Three times in his career, Hand led the Colts in sacks, including posting 10 in 1988.  He was a key cog in a solid defense that was first in the NFL in 1987, and 11th the next two years.  Injuries ended his career at 31 years old after 9 seasons, all with the Colts.  He still ranks 6th on the Colts all time sacks list, after retiring in third.

A high character player, Hand now runs a local construction firm.  He donated the ‘h’ in his first name to long time teammate  Rohn Stark.