Jan 4, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (13) catches the winning touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs in teh fourth quarter during the 2013 AFC wild card playoff football game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Indianapolis defeats Kansas City 45-44. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Reflecting back on T.Y. Hilton’s historical start to his career

Last offseason, I put together some numbers illustrating how good T.Y. Hilton and Dwayne Allen were during their rookie seasons. Basically, the two came down as two of the top fifteen rookies at their position since 2000, which was fantastic value for the third round in the draft.

Of course, Allen’s season-ending hip injury kept him from expanding on that in 2013, but Hilton was locked and loaded to pick up where he left off. Finishing with 82 receptions and 1083 yards was nice, but it was his postseason line of 24/327/2 in two games that really caught the eye of the media.

There is plenty we could say about Hilton’s characteristics, his future in Indianapolis and his place among a deep Colts receiving corp, but today I just want to lest all of the historical accomplishments that Hilton has made. I don’t think everybody realizes how unique his first two seasons have been for a Colts receiver. For a small, third-round receiver, Hilton’s first few seasons have been exceptional.

So, here is as complete a list as I can come up with for Hilton’s place in history thus far.

  • Second-most receiving yards as a rookie in Colts history (861 yards, 2012)
  • Most receiving yards as a second-year player in Colts history (1083 yards, 2013)
  • Most receiving yards in first two seasons in Colts history (1944 yards, 2012-2013)


  • Tied for second-most 100-yard receiving games as a rookie, most since 1960 (5, 2012)
  • Tied for fourth-most 100-yard reeiving games in first two seasons, second-most since 1960 (10, 2012-2013)


  • Most single-game receiving yards in a playoff game in Colts history, third-most in NFL history (224 yards vs. KC, 2013)
  • Second-most receptions in a playoff game in NFL history, most in Colts history (13 receptions vs. KC, 2013)
  • Arguably the overall best receiving performance in NFL postseason history (13/224/2 vs. KC, 2013)


  • Most receiving yards in a single postseason in Colts history, 11th-most in NFL history (327 yards, 2013)

There are more specific notes and whatnot for Hilton, I’m sure, but those are the big ones right there. Either way, it’s clear that Hilton is a special talent, and a long-term piece in Indianapolis. If the Colts can actually use him correctly for an entire season now, who knows what the possibilities are?

Kyle J. Rodriguez

About Kyle J. Rodriguez

A film and numbers guru, Kyle writes about the NFL and the Indianapolis Colts for Bleacher Report, Draft Mecca and The Football Educator, and is a co-founder and associate editor of Colts Authority. Kyle also is a high school sports reporter for the MLive Media Group in Michigan, covering high school sports across the state.