The Indianapolis Colts have reversed an earlier decision to use the retired jersey numbers of two Hall of Fame players who wore the numbers in Baltimore.
The Colts, who will open their first NFL season in Indianapolis Sunday against the New York Jets, had planned to have Nos. 82 and 89 worn by tight ends Mark Bell and Dave Young, respectively. Raymond Berry had worn No. 82 for Baltimore and Gino Marchetti had worn 89.
"What do you expect from a guy who runs out of town in the middle of the night?" Marchetti told the Baltimore News American in reference to team owner Robert Irsay. "I'll never root for the Colts in Indianapolis. The Colts belong to Baltimore, not to the jerk who took them away."
But later a team spokesman said "the club honors and respects" the players' "contributions to club history" and neither their numbers nor those of five other former Colts would be reactivated.
Coach Frank Kush had said earlier the team didn't have enough jersey numbers in the 80s to go around. League rules require wide receivers and tight ends to wear numbers from 80 to 89. A receiver with a different number must report to officials or risk a five-yard penalty . . .
The Professional Football Writers of America have picked the Los Angeles Raiders and San Francisco 49ers to meet in Super Bowl XIX next January. The group also foresees Miami meeting the Raiders in the AFC title game and Washington playing San Francisco for the NFC championship.