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March 7th, 2022 was the day that one of Indy’s finest, Jack Doyle, would retire from the NFL. Jack became a diehard Colts fan growing up in Indianapolis in the late 90’s and 2000’s. As fate would have it, Doyle would play 9 seasons for his own hometown team. How he got there makes for a great story.

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Jack was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on May 5th, 1990. He played his high school football at Cathedral High School. As a member of the Fighting Irish, Jack was a member of the 2006 and 2008 State Championship teams. He also earned All-State honors in his time there.

Despite his success in high school, only one FBS school would offer Jack a chance to play college football. He would become a Hilltopper. During his time at Western Kentucky University, Jack would become a three-time captain. Second team All Sun-Belt, First team All Sun-Belt, and a semi-finalist for the Mackey Award are some of the accolades that Doyle collected in college. A trip to the Senior Bowl had been well earned.

A successful college playing career had earned Doyle plenty of accomplishments, but an NFL Combine invite was not one of those. Jack would go undrafted in the 2013 NFL Draft. However, the Tennessee Titans would sign Doyle to a three-year contract at the beginning of May 2013. Just a few months later in August 2013, the Titans would waive Jack with hopes of signing him to the practice squad. Thankfully, the Indianapolis Colts would claim Doyle off of waivers the very next day.

 

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Jack Doyle would go on to become “Mr. Reliable” for his hometown Colts, as well as one of the most beloved players in recent Colts history. 295 catches for 2,729 yards and 24 touchdowns doesn’t tell the whole story. When a play had to be made, the sure hands of Jack Doyle were seemingly the perfectly target. The game against the Titans in 2016 comes to mind when Andrew Luck found Doyle in the end zone for the go-ahead touchdown with less than 2 minutes of game left. Doyle would become a Pro-Bowler twice in his career. Not only was Jack a fan-favorite, but the locker room loved him just as much, if not more.

From fans all around the world, we cannot thank Jack enough for all he has done during his time as an Indianapolis Colt. There will certainly still be plenty of 84 jerseys in Lucas Oil Stadium for years to come. Not seeing the hometown kid with the Horseshoe helmet on will hurt, but we know he’ll still be around. From all of us: Thank you, Mr. Reliable!

 

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