Philip Rivers signed a one-year contract with the Indianapolis Colts two months ago and has announced he already has a job lined up after he retires. 

Colts coach Frank Reich, however, believes Rivers will still be the team’s quarterback after the 2020 season. 

"I really believe it's Philip's intent to play multiple years," Reich said on a Monday conference call. "I personally believe he is more than capable of multiple years. But as far as how the actual contract gets worked out, it's the NFL, so we keep things realistic there. But I'm very optimistic it'll be a multi-year thing." 

Reich’s comments come after it was announced on May 8 that the 38-year-old Rivers would coach St Michael Catholic High School in Alabama after his retirement. 

Rivers, who spent his first 16 NFL seasons with the Chargers, contemplated retirement before agreeing to a one-year, $25 million deal with the Colts following a disappointing 2019. 

"It was a normal contract negotiation. There was push and pull on each side, a multi-year deal and this deal and trying to get numbers and everything to balance out right, and it finally just came down to what it was," Reich said.

"But I think the spirit of it was, 'Hey, we're in this together,' and as long as Philip wants to play, he wants to be here."

An eight-time Pro Bowler, Rivers, whose 59,271 passing yards and 397 passing touchdowns both rank sixth in NFL history, joins an Indianapolis team that went 7-9 in 2019 and has missed the playoffs in four of the past five seasons.  

Philip Rivers is not quite done playing yet, but the longtime NFL quarterback does have a job lined up for when he decides to hang up his cleats.  
 
St. Michael Catholic High School announced on Friday that Rivers will become its head football coach following his retirement from the NFL.

The decision to coach the school in Fairhope, Alabama, is a natural career move for Rivers, who signed with the Indianapolis Colts in March after spending his first 16 NFL seasons with the Chargers. 

His father, Steve, was a successful high school coach in Alabama for 25 years and mentored his son during the younger Rivers' days as a star quarterback for Decatur High School. 
 
"It's a special day for me and my family," said Rivers at a press conference announcing his hiring. 

"I had two childhood dreams. One is to play in the NFL, and now I'm going into my 17th season. The other was to be a high school football coach as my dad was. How blessed am I to be able to live those out?" 
 
Rivers, an eight-time Pro Bowler whose 59,271 passing yards and 397 passing touchdowns both rank sixth in NFL history, had contemplated retirement before agreeing to a one-year, $25 million deal with the Colts.

The 38-year-old is yet to make a firm decision on his plans beyond this season and has not ruled out extending his playing career beyond 2020. 
 
"I think it is a one-year-at-a-time deal," he said. "I've expressed publicly and the Colts have too they hope it's more than one year. But we take it one year at a time. 
 
"I love playing. When that time does end, you will get the same passion and work ethic at this school and community that I've poured into my career."

The Indianapolis Colts declined their fifth-year option on Malik Hooker on Monday, leaving the door open for the safety to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2020 NFL season.

Indianapolis selected Hooker with the 15th overall pick in 2017, with Colts general manager Chris Ballard saying at the time that he "thought Hooker was the best athlete in the draft".

Hooker enjoyed a great start as a rookie with three interceptions in seven games, but his season came to an end early due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and medial collateral ligament (MCL) injury in his right knee.

Hooker then totalled just four interceptions in 27 games over the last two seasons while missing time due to injuries.

The 24-year-old sat out two-regular season games in 2018 with a hip injury before missing the Colts' 31-13 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Divisional Round due to a foot problem.

Hooker was sidelined for three games last season with a torn meniscus in his knee.

Hooker has 116 tackles in 34 career regular-season games for the Colts, who used their third-round pick in this year's draft to select Utah safety Julian Blackmon.

Such was Don Shula's greatness, he still owns multiple NFL records today.

The former Baltimore Colts and Miami Dolphins head coach, who died aged 90 on Monday, retired in 1996 as a two-time Super Bowl champion, one of those rings delivered by the historic undefeated team of 1972.

Shula's career was one of sustained success, transcending different teams, quarterbacks and eras.

Here we take a look at the remarkable numbers from his NFL head coaching career.

 

347 victories - Only three men in NFL history have won over 300 games, Shula, Chicago Bears great George Halas and New England Patriots legend Bill Belichick. Shula, whose final record of 347-173-6 from his 33 years as a head coach, still holds the record for the most wins in NFL history.

67 years - As a player (seven seasons), assistant coach (three), head coach (33) and executive (24) - Shula spent 67 seasons in the NFL. He played for the Cleveland Browns, Colts and Washington Redskins then coached for the Detroit Lions, Colts and Dolphins.

15 Hall of Famers - Shula's bust in Canton is surrounded by some familiar ones. Fifteen of the players he coached - including legendary quarterbacks Johnny Unitas and Dan Marino - are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, seven were former Colts, eight former Dolphins.

20 playoff appearances - In his 33-year career, Shula's teams went to the postseason 20 times. He made the playoffs in each of his first five years with Miami.

17-0 - In 1972, Shula's Miami Dolphins completed the only undefeated season in NFL history, going 14-0 in the regular season before winning all three of their playoff games, including Super Bowl VII.

31 seasons of .500 or above - Rebuilding was simply not in Shula's vocabulary. Only twice did his teams finish with losing records - in 1976, when Miami went 6-8 and 1988, when the Dolphins went 6-10.

4 Coach of the Year awards - No head coach has ever won as many AP Coach of the Year awards as Shula, a three-time victor with the Colts in 1964, 1967 and 1968, and, of course, in 1972 with the Dolphins.

6 Super Bowl appearances - At the time of his retirement, no coach had appeared in more Super Bowls than Shula, who had a 2-4 record in the Big Dance. Belichick, who has taken the Patriots to nine Super Bowls, has since broken that record.

5 Super Bowl quarterbacks - While Tom Brady has been Belichick's quarterback for each of his nine Super Bowls in New England, Shula was able to win with a record variety of signal callers. He used Unitas, Marino, Bob Griese, Earl Morrall and David Woodley in Super Bowls.

Few coaches in any sport can claim to have had the success that Don Shula enjoyed in the NFL.

The former Baltimore Colts and Miami Dolphins head coach, who died aged 90 on Monday, was a two-time Super Bowl winner and in charge of the only perfect season in NFL history.

He led the Colts to seven winning seasons in his seven years there before enjoying even more success during 26 years in Miami, where he had just two campaigns below .500.

We take a look at the highlights in Shula's incredible career.

 

1968 SEASON - COLTS CLAIM REVENGE OVER BROWNS IN NFL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

In 1963 the Colts, then based in Baltimore, made a 33-year-old Shula the youngest head coach in NFL history. 

While acknowledging that some of his players were older than their new coach, Colts owner Carroll Rosenbloom said: "I feel strongly that he is going to be a great." Three Coach of the Year awards in seven seasons suggested he was right.

In Shula's second season, Baltimore were beaten 27-0 by the Cleveland Browns in the 1964 NFL Championship Game, during an era before the Super Bowl, but he would get a chance to avenge that defeat against the same opponent four years later.

This time the Colts emerged victorious, 34-0, and advanced to Super Bowl III, where Joe Namath and the underdog New York Jets pulled off a shock victory their quarterback had "guaranteed" in Miami.

 

1972 SEASON - PERFECTION

A little over a year later, Miami would become Shula's home as the 40-year-old was hired by the Dolphins.

They had won a combined 19 games in their first four years of existence, but Shula would transform the team, taking them to the playoffs in each of his first five seasons in charge - with three of those campaigns ending up at the Super Bowl.

The crowning achievement was the undefeated '72 Dolphins, who remain the only NFL team to go through a regular season and postseason having won every game.

A year after falling to the Dallas Cowboys at the final hurdle in 1971, Shula's 'No Name Defense', an offensive line that featured two future Hall of Famers and fellow Canton residents Paul Warfield, Larry Csonka and Bob Griese proved unstoppable.

Miami completed a 17-0 run with a 14-7 Super Bowl VII triumph over the Washington Redskins.

1973 SEASON - BACK-TO-BACK LOMBARDIS

The '72 Dolphins obviously get plenty of attention, but the '73 version should not be forgotten.

Not only were they able to ensure another title was brought to South Beach, they repeated having gone 12-2 in the regular season despite facing the mighty Oakland Raiders, Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers, as well as 2,000-yard rusher O.J. Simpson, twice.

Shula's defense kept teams to 14 or fewer points on 11 occasions, and they gave up only 33 points in the playoffs, beating the Cincinnati Bengals, Raiders, and then the Minnesota Vikings, by 24-7, in Super Bowl VIII.

 

1984 SEASON - ANOTHER QB, A SIXTH SUPER BOWL

One of Shula's great strengths was his ability to win with a variety of different players at the game's most important position.

He coached three future Hall of Famers in Johnny Unitas, Griese and Dan Marino, but also used Earl Morrall and David Woodley under center at 'The Big Dance'.

While his 1970s Dolphins would destroy teams on the ground, Miami flipped the script when they drafted a sliding Marino in the 1983 NFL Draft as Shula's offense suddenly became one of the league's most potent through the air.

In 1984, Marino set NFL records in passing yardage (5,084 yards) and touchdown passes (48) that would stand for two decades, as Miami went 14-2 before Shula made a record sixth Super Bowl.

Unfortunately for Shula and Marino, they came up against Bill Walsh, Joe Montana and their great San Francisco 49ers team, who claimed the rings with a 38-16 triumph.

1993 SEASON - AN NFL RECORD FOR WINS

There were only two losing seasons in Shula's 33-year head-coaching career. It was no surprise, then, that he set the record for the most wins in NFL history towards the end of his time in charge of Miami.

That day came on November 14, 1993, when Miami beat the Philadelphia Eagles 19-14 to give Shula his 325th victory, one more than Chicago Bears great George Halas.

By the time he retired, aged 66, after the 1995 season, Shula had won 347 games - a record that still stands 25 years on.

Don Shula, the winningest head coach in NFL history and leader of the only undefeated team in league history, died in his home on Monday at the age of 90.
  
"Don Shula was the patriarch of the Miami Dolphins for 50 years," the team said in a statement confirming the news.

"He brought the winning edge to our franchise and put the Dolphins and the city of Miami in the national sports scene."

Shula's 347 career wins as a head coach, including 19 postseason victories, are the most in league history.

Perhaps more astounding is the fact that in his 33-year career as an NFL head coach, he only had two losing seasons.  

He broke George Halas' mark for career wins in 1993 and retired two years later with a regular season record of 328-156-6.

The two-time Super Bowl champion was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1997.  

"The game has lost one of the greats today, but we have all lost a truly incredible man," Hall of Fame President and CEO David Baker said in a statement.

"[Shula] served as an ambassador for this great game for more than half a century."

Shula was at the helm of the 1972 Dolphins, one of the unforgettable teams in league history. They finished 17-0 and won Super Bowl VII – still the only NFL team to complete a perfect season.

The 1973 team finished 15-2 and repeated as Super Bowl champions.  

He presided over the Dolphins for 26 seasons, from the smash-mouth running of Larry Csonka to the record-setting passing of Dan Marino. Since his retirement, Miami are yet to appear in a single conference championship game.  

Although he is best known for his time with the Dolphins, Shula began his head coaching career with the Baltimore Colts in 1963 and ended up coaching three Hall of Fame quarterbacks: Johnny Unitas, Bob Griese and Marino.  

While with Baltimore, Shula was on the losing end of Super Bowl III, when Joe Namath guaranteed a win for the New York Jets, the first American Football League team to win a Super Bowl.  

Shula had playoff victories in four different decades and was a constant in the NFL from the pre-Super Bowl era to the Dallas Cowboys' dynasty in the mid-1990s.

Small in stature, he became a giant of the game as it blossomed into the most popular sport in the U.S. 

Shula was the youngest coach in the NFL when he was hired by the Colts at 33, and early in his career he had built the reputation of a great regular season coach who faltered in the postseason.

In all, Shula coached in six Super Bowls with four different starting quarterbacks. 

The four-time Coach of the Year was one of the head coaches named in the NFL's 100th Anniversary All-Time Team and he was honoured on the field before Super Bowl LIV in February.

Shula supported multiple charities, and he founded the Don Shula Foundation as a tribute to his late wife, Dorothy. The foundation primarily focuses on breast cancer research funding.  

They were married for 32 years and raised five children before her death in 1991. 

Shula then married Mary Anne Stephens in 1993. 

His oldest son, David, coached the Cincinnati Bengals from 1992-96 and was able to play against his father in 1994, marking the first father-son head coaching matchup in NFL history. Don won 23-7. 

Another son, Mike, has had several NFL assistant coaching jobs and was head coach at Alabama in 2003-06. 

Shula is survived by his wife Mary Anne and his children Dave, Donna, Sharon, Anne and Mike.  

The Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints will each enter the 2020 season with high-profile backups.

Dallas signed Andy Dalton to a one-year, $7million contract on Saturday, the former Cincinnati Bengal following Jameis Winston in finding a new home.

Winston signed with the New Orleans Saints on a deal worth only $1.1m, a meagre sum for the NFL's passing yards leader in 2019.

They are excellent options to have in reserve and feature on our list of the best backups in the league.

 

Nick Mullens - San Francisco 49ers

Key Stat: Mullens' yards-per-attempt average of 8.31 ranked fifth in the NFL in 2018.

Mullens couldn't rescue San Francisco's 2018 season, which fell apart when Jimmy Garoppolo tore his ACL in Week 3. However, after he replaced an injured C.J. Beathard in Week 9 he kept the starting job for the rest of the campaign.

He impressed with his poise and his ability to run Kyle Shanahan's offense, keeping the Niners competitive down the stretch and winning three of his eight starts. Mullens was arguably the premier backup in the league going into the 2019 season but was not needed to step in as Garoppolo helped the 49ers to the Super Bowl.

Jacoby Brissett - Indianapolis Colts

Key Stat: Brissett was tied for 11th in touchdown-to-interception ratio in 2019, throwing for 18 scores and just six picks. 

The starter for the Colts last season after Andrew Luck's shock retirement, Brissett looks set to return to the backup role for the last year of his contract.

Indianapolis signed Philip Rivers to a one-year deal in the offseason, with the Colts deciding to upgrade after Brissett failed to elevate a team that struggled with injuries to the playoffs last season.

Brissett, however, has an extremely strong arm, can make plays on the move and took care of the football in 2019. His 12-20 record as a starter should not discourage teams from trying to sign him next offseason or acquire him in a trade ahead of the 2020 campaign.

Marcus Mariota - Las Vegas Raiders

Key Stat: Mariota had his best statistical season in 2016, ranking in the top 10 in passer rating (95.6), TD-INT ratio (2.89) and yards per completion (12.41)

Mariota declined in 2019 and surrendered his starting role with the Tennessee Titans to Ryan Tannehill, who led them to the AFC Championship game.

The second overall pick in the 2015 draft, Mariota unquestionably has the right pedigree, having guided the Titans to a playoff win in the 2017 season.

He has the skill set as a thrower and a runner to push starter Derek Carr and it would be no surprise if the Raiders' first season in Las Vegas is marked by a quarterback controversy.

Andy Dalton - Dallas Cowboys

Key Stat: Dalton was second in the NFL with a passer rating of 106.3 in 2015, only Russell Wilson (110.1) was superior in that regard.

The Cowboys' decision to invest in another quarterback may raise eyebrows given they are still to sign starter Dak Prescott to a new deal.

However, the expectation is that Dallas will eventually get a deal done with their franchise quarterback, and Dalton gives them an insurance policy who is worthy of having a starting job.

Dalton played at an MVP level in 2015, when a broken thumb derailed his and the Bengals' Super Bowl aspirations. He never recaptured that form in Cincinnati but his availability to serve as a backup for the Cowboys is indicative of the surplus of quarterback talent in the league.

Jameis Winston - New Orleans Saints

Key Stat: Winston's 5,109 passing yards led the NFL in 2019, he racked up 54 passing plays of 25 yards or more.

Winston was once thought to be seeking a contract in the region of $30million a year as his time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers neared its end.

However, his proclivity for turning the ball over - he threw 30 interceptions in 2019 - was undoubtedly a factor in him having to settle for a substantially less lucrative deal in New Orleans after the Bucs opted to sign Tom Brady.

The first overall pick in 2015, Winston carries considerable upside as a downfield passer and is the most talented reserve in the NFL.

He has yet to channel that talent into consistency but, with Drew Brees approaching perhaps the final season of his decorated career, Winston has the perfect opportunity to transform his fortunes under head coach Sean Payton.

The San Francisco 49ers were the most prominent team on the third and final day of the 2020 NFL Draft but not for their draft choices.  

The 49ers executed three trades on Saturday, highlighted by the acquisition of disgruntled left tackle and seven-time Pro Bowler Trent Williams from the Washington Redskins, giving up a fifth-round pick this season and a third-round selection in 2021.

Williams will take the place of Joe Staley, who announced his retirement after a 13-year career in San Francisco that included six Pro Bowls.  

The 49ers also traded running back Matt Breida to the Miami Dolphins for a fifth-round pick and sent wide receiver Marquise Goodwin to the Philadelphia Eagles while swapping picks in the sixth round.   

The Eagles entered the draft on a mission to improve a receiving corps that was historically impotent last season. In addition to trading for Goodwin, Philadelphia spent first-, fifth- and sixth-round picks on wide receivers, including Boise State's John Hightower and Southern Mississippi's Quez Watkins on Saturday.   

Quarterback selections played a prominent role again as the Indianapolis Colts used their fourth-round pick – 122nd overall – on Washington quarterback Jacob Eason.

The 6-foot-6 signal-caller began his career at Georgia but transferred to his home state of Washington and may be Indianapolis' quarterback of the future.   

The player who replaced Eason at Georgia, Jake Fromm, had to wait until the 22nd pick of the fifth round to hear his name called by the Buffalo Bills.    

The New York Jets selected a quarterback in the fourth round, grabbing Florida International's James Morgan, and Oregon State's Jake Luton, another 6-foot-6 quarterback, fell to the sixth round and the Jacksonville Jaguars.  

Four more quarterbacks were taken in the seventh round, but one team that did not select a QB all weekend was the New England Patriots.   

Despite the departure of Tom Brady to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason, the Patriots passed on adding a rookie at the position, leaving journeyman Brian Hoyer and second-year Auburn product Jarrett Stidham as the only quarterbacks on the New England roster.   

The Patriots, however, did draft a replacement for a franchise legend in the fifth round by selecting Marshall kicker Justin Rohrwasser, who will take the place of franchise scoring leader Stephen Gostkowski.   

The Carolina Panthers and new head coach Matt Rhule used all seven of their picks on defensive players, tying the 1985 Cleveland Browns for most picks on one side of the ball. The Browns used all seven picks on offense.  

National champion LSU had the most players selected with 14, tied with Ohio State in 2004 for the most by any single school in a seven-round draft. 

Philip Rivers and Jacoby Brissett are to be joined by Jacob Eason in the Indianapolis Colts' quarterback room.

Washington QB Eason was selected by the Colts with the 16th pick of the fourth round in the 2020 NFL draft on Saturday, the 122nd overall selection.

He was the first passer off the board on day three and sixth overall following Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert, Jordan Love – all of whom were picked in round one – and second-round pick Jalen Hurts.

Eason, formerly of Georgia, threw for 3,132 yards and 23 touchdowns with Washington in 2019 and had eight interceptions.

He will have two experienced signal callers to work behind in Indianapolis as he looks to develop into a starting option.

The Colts landed Rivers from the Los Angeles Chargers on a one-year, $25million deal in free agency.

They were looking to upgrade on former New England Patriots QB Brissett, who will assume a role as one of the NFL's top backups in 2020.

Eason's selection was swiftly followed by the New York Jets picking QB James Morgan at 125.

Jake Fromm, who usurped Eason as the starter at Georgia, remained available as each of those moves were made.

While teams select players in the first round of the NFL Draft hoping they will be game-changers, rosters are built on day two.

The Cincinnati Bengals opened the 2020 draft on Thursday by picking who they hope will be their franchise quarterback for the next decade. They opened round two on Friday by getting Joe Burrow a weapon, drafting Tee Higgins with the 33rd pick.

Twenty picks later came the biggest story of the second round with the Philadelphia Eagles grabbing Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts at number 53.

Hurts led Alabama to back-to-back national championship games as a freshman and sophomore before famously being benched for Tua Tagovailoa, and then led the Sooners to a Big 12 title this past season as a senior while garnering third-team AP All-American honors. He is a dynamic dual-threat quarterback that now joins an Eagles offense that is already led by an established QB in Carson Wentz.

Hurts ended up being the only quarterback selected on day two after both Jacob Eason from Washington and Jake Fromm from Georgia were passed over.

Higgins' selection continued the trend from the first round of wide receivers being gobbled up. After six receivers were drafted in the first round, seven went in the second. The 13 receivers selected in the first two rounds are the most taken through two rounds in draft history, breaking the record of 12 from 2014.

Higgins had 25 touchdown catches over the past two seasons with Clemson, the most by an ACC player in a two-year span since North Carolina State's Torry Holt had 27 from 1997-98.

One pick after Higgins was drafted, the Indianapolis Colts picked USC wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr., who tied for the FBS lead last season with four games of 10 or more receptions.

A run on running backs was expected for day two after only one went in the first round, and it did not take long for the first one to be selected, with the Detroit Lions taking Georgia's D'Andre Swift at number 35.

After playing behind Nick Chubb and Sony Michel as a freshman in 2017, Swift amassed 2,267 rushing yards in his final two years with the Bulldogs. He averaged 6.55 yards per carry in his collegiate career, second best in SEC history behind Bo Jackson's 6.62 (minimum 400 carries).

Six picks later, the Colts continued to build their offense, selecting three-time All-American running back Jonathon Taylor out of Wisconsin. In just three seasons, Taylor rushed for 6,174 yards and his average of 150.6 rushing yards per game are the third most by a major conference player all time, behind O.J. Simpson (164.4) and Herschel Walker (159.4).

Three more backs were selected before the end of the second round with the Los Angeles Rams taking Florida State's Cam Akers at number 52, the Baltimore Ravens drafting J.K. Dobbins from Ohio State at 55 and the Green Bay Packers selecting Boston College's AJ Dillon at 62.

Not technically listed as a running back, though he carried the ball plenty of times at Kentucky, All-American Lynn Bowden was one of the more interesting picks of day two when he was selected with the 80th overall pick by the Las Vegas Raiders. 

The do-it-all playmaker started at receiver and quarterback as a junior in 2019, running the wildcat offense at QB, finishing the season with 1,468 rushing yards and 13 rushing TDs as well as 348 receiving yards. It will be intriguing to see how he will be used in Jon Gruden's offense. 

While the 2020 draft kicked off with Burrow being selected out of LSU, linebacker Jacob Phillips became the 10th player chosen from LSU when he was picked by the Cleveland Browns at number 97. The 10 players out of LSU are the most from one school through three rounds in the history of the draft.

The third round concluded with the Baltimore Ravens selecting guard Tyre Phillips out of Mississippi State. He became the 15th player out of the SEC selected in the third round after 10 SEC players were drafted in the second, a day after a record 15 first-round picks came from the SEC.

It is one of the most awkward NFL Draft images of all time.

Eli Manning, stood next to then NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue, holding up a San Diego Chargers jersey he never had any intention of wearing.

Manning, the top pick of the 2004 draft, made clear his desire not to play for San Diego, and his refusal to do so led to him being swiftly traded to the New York Giants for fellow quarterback Philip Rivers.

Friday marks 16 years to the day of that tumultuous first round, which will forever live in NFL infamy.

But Manning is far from the only sports star to refuse to play for his team.

Here we look at five others to have taken that stance.

Geoffrey Boycott 1974-77

One of English cricket's greatest batsmen, Boycott went into self-enforced exile from the international game for reasons that remain unclear.

Boycott has since stated a loss of appetite for Test cricket was behind that decision, but others point to Mike Denness and Tony Greig's appointments to the England captaincy.

The observation has been made that Boycott left the England set-up during the peak of the careers of several legendary fast bowlers including Dennis Lillee and Michael Holding.

Boycott has taken a dim view of such comments and he made his return in 1977 against Australia and in a display of the obduracy that defined his career, batted on each of the five days at Trent Bridge, a feat only three other England players have subsequently emulated.

Dominique Wilkins 1982

Having starred at the University of Georgia, Wilkins was unhappy at being selected third overall in the NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz.

Unwilling to play for the Jazz, who at the time were blighted by cash-flow problems, Wilkins was subsequently traded to the Atlanta Hawks months later.

In exchange for Wilkins, the Jazz received John Drew, Freeman Williams, and $1million, but the deal was one they would live to regret.

Wilkins went on to become a nine-time All-Star, while Drew and Williams played only a combined four seasons for Utah.

John Elway 1983

A sought-after prospect in both American football and baseball, Elway leveraged his appeal to the latter to get out of playing for the NFL's then Baltimore Colts.

Elway was said to be reluctant to play for the Colts and his father cautioned him against working under head coach Frank Kush.

He took the advice of his dad and, when the Colts selected him first overall, reacted by saying: "As I stand here right now, I'm playing baseball."

That was a legitimate option for Elway, who had been drafted in the second round of the 1981 MLB Draft by the New York Yankees.

A Major League Baseball career never came to pass, though, as the Colts agreed to trade Elway to the Denver Broncos for offensive lineman Chris Hinton, backup quarterback Mark Herrmann and a first-round pick in 1984.

Elway would go on to become one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history and won two Super Bowls with the Broncos. His concerns about the Colts proved justified, as they moved to Indianapolis in 1984 and continued to struggle until the 1990s.

Bo Jackson 1986

One man who did play in both MLB and the NFL, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers missed out on one of the most dynamic athletes in American sports history despite selecting Jackson first overall.

Jackson refused to play for the Buccaneers as a visit to their facilities proved to be against NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) rules when Tampa Bay had insisted it was permitted.

As a result, Jackson missed the rest of his final college baseball season and elected to re-enter the draft the following year while spending 1986 playing for MLB's Kansas City Royals.

He was selected in the seventh round of the 1987 draft by the Oakland Raiders, whose owner Al Davis permitted him to play both sports.

The 1989 All-Star Game MVP, Jackson's achievements in baseball surpassed what he did on the football field, with a hip injury meaning he played only four seasons in the NFL.

Still, for the Bucs it was a case of what might have been.

Pierre van Hooijdonk 1998

Having returned from the World Cup to find promises of squad strengthening had not been met, Nottingham Forest striker Pierre van Hooijdonk asked for a transfer.

That request was rejected, leading Van Hooijdonk, furious at the sale of strike partner Kevin Campbell and adamant he had previously been told he could leave if he wished, went on strike, keeping fit by training with former club NAC Breda.

Forest refused to entertain offers for Van Hooijdonk, leading to an impasse that lasted until November, when he finally returned.

He scored six goals but was unable to keep Forest in the Premier League, as they finished bottom and made an immediate return to the second tier.

Their relegation led to Van Hooijdonk getting his wish in the form of a move to Vitesse, and spells with Benfica, Feyenoord and Fenerbahce followed.

Tight end Trey Burton has agreed to terms with the Indianapolis Colts, according to the player's agency.

Burton was released by the Chicago Bears last Friday just two years into a four-year, $32 million deal.

He had career highs of 54 receptions, 569 yards and six touchdowns in his first season with the Bears, but was limited to just eight games last season before being placed on Injured Reserve with a groin injury. 

He finished 2019 with 14 catches for 84 yards and one TD. 

Burton spent his first four seasons in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles and famously threw a 'Philly Special' touchdown to quarterback Nick Foles in their Super Bowl LII victory over the New England Patriots. 

Former Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich is the Colts' head coach.

Philip Rivers' alarming dip in form during the 2019 season means his signing is no guarantee of success for the Indianapolis Colts, says Brian Baldinger.

The 38-year-old left the Los Angeles Chargers in free agency after 16 seasons with the franchise, agreeing a one-year, $25million contract at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Indianapolis hope eight-time Pro Bowler Rivers can provide them with a significant quarterback upgrade on last year's starter, Jacoby Brissett.

But former Colts offensive lineman Baldinger, now an analyst for NFL Network, believes the previous campaign, when Rivers threw for 23 touchdowns and 20 interceptions, is a cause for concern.

The Chargers missed the playoffs and went 5-11, just one year after Rivers had 32 TDs and 12 INTs as part of a 12-4 campaign in 2018.

Baldinger told Stats Perform: "He didn't play well last year, and it wasn’t because the offensive line was terrible, or because the defense started with Derwin James getting injured in preseason and all that.

"All that stuff is true, but they won 12 games the year before and a large part of that was because Philip Rivers was really good late in games. 

"Late against Kansas City, late against the Pittsburgh Steelers, late against the Baltimore Ravens in a playoff win, all this stuff was true. 

"But he didn't play well late in games last year, which is where your quarterback has got to elevate your team, he has got to put you on their shoulders. 

"You look at losses last year in Detroit, losses to the Oakland Raiders, losses to the Kansas City Chiefs, all late in games with interceptions by Philip Rivers. They were not good decisions.

"Is that just an outline of Philip Rivers, is that who he is? Because he didn't look good when you have to be good late in games. 

"I don't know what you're going to get, are you going to get 2018 Philip Rivers or 2019 Philip Rivers? I don't know yet and I don't think anybody knows."

For the Indian Premier League and NFL legend Peyton Manning, April 18 is when it all began.

Twelve years ago the world's premier Twenty20 franchise cricket tournament began with a bang as Brendon McCullum delivered a thrilling example of the format's appeal.

A decade earlier, the Indianapolis Colts made a decision that would alter the franchise's fortunes, for the better, when they selected quarterback Manning.

We take a look at the most notable sporting moments to have occurred on April 18 in years gone by.

 

1998 - Colts opt for Manning over Leaf

Heading into the 1998 NFL Draft there was little to separate Tennessee quarterback Manning and Washington State signal caller Ryan Leaf in many experts' eyes.

The Colts had the first overall pick and chose Manning, who would lead them to 11 playoff appearances and two Super Bowls - their victory over the Chicago Bears in the first resulting in the franchise's first Lombardi Trophy since they relocated from Baltimore.

Manning ended his career in Indianapolis with a glut of franchise records whereas Leaf, who was drafted directly behind him to the San Diego Chargers, proved to be one of the NFL Draft's biggest busts, playing in just 25 games.

 

1999 - 'The Great One' bows out

The crowd at Madison Square Garden said farewell to an NHL legend as 'The Great One' Wayne Gretzky played the 1,487th and final game of his decorated career.

He scored his 2,857th point - an assist - as his New York Rangers suffered a 2-1 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Gretzky remains the leading scorer in NHL history and at the time of his retirement he held 61 league records.

 

2008 - McCullum stars in IPL's curtain-raiser

The IPL need not have worried about fireworks for their opening ceremony as they duly came from the bat of a New Zealander once the action began.

McCullum smashed an incredible 158 not out off 73 balls as Kolkata Knight Riders obliterated Royal Challengers Bangalore by 140 runs in the first ever IPL match.

The only man to better that total in IPL history is Chris Gayle, who became the first to surpass 10,000 runs in T20 cricket on April 18, 2017.

2008 - SuperSonics relocation gets the NBA owners' seal of approval 

April 18 is a dark day for Seattle sports fans as it was when they learned NBA owners had voted in favour of moving the SuperSonics to Oklahoma City.

Just five days after the Sonics had played what proved to be their final game in Seattle, 28 of the 30 owners approved a move to OKC, where the team became the Thunder.

Professional basketball has not returned to Seattle since, while a Thunder team featuring Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden reached the 2012 NBA Finals, where they were beaten by the LeBron James-led Miami Heat.

The Indianapolis Colts have signed former Pro Bowl fullback Roosevelt Nix to a one-year contract, the NFL franchise announced on Saturday.

Nix had spent his five-year career with the Pittsburgh Steelers prior to being released after he was signed by the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent in 2014.

The 28-year-old has only carried four times in 60 games and caught 12 passes for 69 yards and one touchdown, appearing mainly as a blocker and on special teams.

He was named to his first career Pro Bowl in 2017 after paving the way for Le'Veon Bell to rush for 1,291 yards and nine touchdowns.

Nix appeared in three games last season before he was placed on injured reserve on November 14.

The addition of Nix marks the first time the Colts have had a true fullback on their roster since 2013. The team has utilised players from others positions in that role in recent seasons.

 

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