Indianapolis Colts: Pierre Garcon

Pierre Garcon was born August 8, 1986 in Carmel, New York.  He is entering his third season as a wide receiver of the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League.

Garcon started high school in New York, but transferred to John I. Leonard High School in Greenacres, Florida before his sophomore year.  He was a versatile athlete while in high school, but wasn’t a heavily recruited player, which led Garcon to attend Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont.  After spending one season there, Garcon transferred to Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio.

Mount Union was powerhouse program at the Division III level, and the speedy wideout thrived against the competition.  In three seasons for the Purple Raiders he averaged 60 catches, 1,000 yards, and 15 touchdowns a year, and helped the team capture two consecutive Division III National Championships.  Garcon was named a three-time All-OAC, and a two-time Division III All-American.

Highlights of Pierre Garcon

Bill Polian, a master at uncovering hidden talent, thought Garcon’s talent would translate well to the NFL, and plucked him with the Colts sixth round pick in the 2008 draft.  He was inactive for the first four games of the 2008-09 season, before working his way onto the field as a kick returner and special teams contributor.  In total he returned 22 kicks for 475 yards.

Garcon also some action as a backup receiver, registering one catch for two yards against the Steelers, and then catching three balls for 21 yards in the season finale when most of the Colts starters were rested.  He entered 2009 as the primary backup for Reggie Wayne, but when Anthony Gonzalez went down with a knee injury in the first game of the season, Garcon took over the starting role.  Though he was inexperienced and unknown, he carved a role as Peyton Manning‘s preferred deep threat over the course of the year, finishing with 47 catches, 765 yards, and four touchdowns.

He stepped up his game in the playoffs considerably.  Garcon made one the most memorable plays of the entire Colts season when he chased down Ed Reed after an interception in the AFC Divisional against Baltimore, and forced a fumble that was recovered by Dallas Clark.  The next week, Garcon set an AFC Championship game record for receptions when he caught 11 balls for 151 yards.  In the Super Bowl, he caught Manning’s lone touchdown pass, proving why he’s quickly established himself as a favorite among Indianapolis sports fans.