Five years ago today, many thought the Colts were literally building a monster.
The Browns gave up on Trent Richardson, the guy taken two picks after Andrew Luck in the 2012 NFL Draft, just over a year into his career, agreeing to send him to Indianapolis for a first-round pick. Richardson couldn't even hold the starting job as a Colt, getting passed by the disappointing Donald Brown, and racking up only 977 rushing yards in 29 games (3.1 yards per carry) before being cut shortly after the 2014 season.
However, before that trade went down, Jim Irsay was already sounding the trumpets. Here are some of his memorable proclamations from Trent Richardson Trade Day:
OMG...the Earth is SHAKING!!!!! Shock and AWE is coming VERY SOON!!!!!!!— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) September 18, 2013
Colts Nation...are you sitting DOWN!!!!!!— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) September 18, 2013
This day of MONSTER TRADE,The Tidal Wave Of Deal making...Shocks the system of "..Didn't see THIS ONE COMING!!!!!!" Grig's Rollin' Dice!— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) September 18, 2013
Thankfully, Irsay and the Colts have stopped worrying about making a big splash and instead focused on building this team patiently.