Baltimore Colts To Be Presented New Hall Of Fame Rings Sunday


Three former Baltimore Colts and icons of the team's 1950s and 1960s dominance are about to get some new bling.

Former running back Lenny Moore, end/wide receiver Raymond Berry and defensive end Gino Marchetti will receive new Hall of Fame rings this Sunday during a halftime presentation at M&T Bank Stadium.

The "Ring of Excellence" has nearly two carats of diamonds arranged in the shape of a football. The ring is one of three iconic symbols of membership in the NFL's exclusive club, along with the Hall of Fame gold jacket and bronzed bust.

This year, the NFL launched a program of giving that gives all living Hall of Famers a new ring because their old rings didn't measure up to the ones being given to more recent enshrines enshrinees.

The ring itself didn't really matter much to Moore.

"I'm not what you call a ring man," Moore said with a laugh. "It's a gift and it's good. I enjoy even wearing my other Hall of Fame ring that I was given. But to get this, I'll wear it proudly, for sure."

Moore, Berry and Marchetti are technically part of Indianapolis Colts history, but will get their new rings in Baltimore, where they played and won back-to-back NFL championships in 1958 and 1959.

"I'm excited," Moore said. "It's nice, especially to get an opportunity to see the guys. That's a blessing."

Moore suited up for the Colts from 1956-1967. The No. 1 draft choice and Rookie of the Year amassed 12,451 total yards and played in seven Pro Bowls. He was the NFL Player of the Year and Comeback Player of the Year in 1964. He scored a touchdown in a record 18 straight games.

Berry played from 1955-1967 and formed quite the trio with Johnny Unitas and Moore. He caught a then-record 631 passes for 9,275 yards and 68 career touchdowns. Berry went to six Pro Bowls despite being born with legs of different lengths, forcing him to wear special shoes. He wasn't a starter on his high school football team until his senior year, even though his father was the coach.

Marchetti played for the Colts from 1953 to 1964 1953-1964, then again in 1966. He became known as one of the game's most feared pass-rushing defensive ends and went to a then record 11 straight Pro Bowls. He didn't play in one Pro Bowl only because he broke his leg in the Colts' famous 1958 overtime championship victory.

The Ravens will have another special guest for Sunday's game.

Mishael Miller is in town and will reassume his former post for one game to sing the national anthem. Miller sang the anthem at Ravens games for 18 years. He stepped down following the 2013 season to become the senior pastor at the St. Luke A.M.E. Zion Church in Birmingham, Ala., and was replaced by Joey Odoms, who has sung the anthem every game since.

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