One of the first true Indianapolis Colts, Duane Bickett burst on the scene as the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1985, and is still the only Indianapolis Colt to win that award. He helped to anchor the 1987 Colts defense, which propelled the team to its only division title in the first 15 years the team played in Indianapolis. He earned his only Pro Bowl nod for his play that year which included 8 sacks in just 12 games (because of the strike).
He followed up a stellar 1987 with a strong 1988, and earned second team all conference honors from the UPI adding 3 picks to 3.5 sacks, a forced fumble, and a team high 126 tackles. Throughout his nine seasons with the Horse, he never had fewer than 3.5 sacks in a season, totaling 50, which was a club record, only recently surpassed by Freeney and Mathis, and still a team record for a line backer.
Bickett is an exemplary addition to the Classic Colts, and his candidacy is one of the most requested in memory, showing that more than 15 years after leaving the team, he still has many fans in Indianapolis.