Seemingly out of nowhere, the Indianapolis
Colts' wideout continues to slice up opposing defenses. Now
considered a premier receiver, Stokley made the rare jump from
"free agent pickup" to "No. 1 wideout". Aside
from hauling in Peyton Manning's record-breaking touchdown pass last
December 26, 2004, Brandon Stokley had nine other TD receptions to go
with his 68 catches for 1077 yards in 2004.
On December 26, 2004, Stokley received the record-breaking 21-yard
touchdown pass for Peyton Manning in the hunt to break Dan Marino's
record of 48 touchdown passes in a season. That season, he had a
breakthrough season with 68 passes caught for 1,077 yards and 10
touchdowns and an average of 15.8 yards per catch. Furthermore, the
TD catch made the 2004 Colts the first NFL team to have three WR with
10 TDs or more in a season, the other two being Reggie Wayne and
The next two seasons of Stokley's career were marred by various
injuries. After participating in only four games of the 2006 season,
the Indianapolis Colts terminated his contract on March 1, 2007.
He signed with the Broncos on March 14, 2007
On Thursday, March 13, 2003 free-agent wide receiver Brandon Stokley,
who played for the Baltimore Ravens for the past four seasons, has
agreed to a two-year, $2.9 million contract with the Colts.
The Colts for the past several seasons have sought a receiver to give
them consistent balance opposite Marvin
Harrison, who has caught more than 100 passes each of the
past four seasons, including an NFL record 143 last season.
Colts Quarterback Peyton
Manning and Stokley both played high school football in
Louisiana but didn't become acquainted until taking part in the
passing academies Manning holds each summer in Hammond, La. When the
Colts showed an interest in Stokley, Manning didn't hesitate to call him.
"We talked a little bit,'' Stokley said. "He knew I had
some other visits to take, but he thought the situation in Indy would
be a good situation for me.
Stokley (5-feet-11, 197 pounds), a 1999 fourth-round draft choice by
the Ravens from Louisiana-Lafayette, has 60 career receptions for 913
yards and seven touchdowns.
He caught a career-high 24 passes for 357 yards and two touchdowns
last season. .
An array of injuries (foot, hamstring, concussion) kept the former
Southwestern Louisiana standout from becoming a full contributor to
the Indianapolis offense.
Stokley has gradually worked his way into becoming a reliable third
and sometimes second option in the Colts' passing attack. December
14, 2003 Stokley had seven catches for 95 yards and two touchdowns in
a 38-7 win over Atlanta and on December 28, 2003 he had nine
receptions for 67 yards and a touchdown in a 20-17 road victory
Nevertheless it was his four receptions for 144 yards and two
touchdowns - including a game-breaking 87-yard scoring catch and run
- December 21, 2003 in a 41-10 AFC wild-card win over Denver that
really opened a lot of eyes.
Stokley has emerged as a viable option in the Colts' offense, turning
what had been a Marvin
act into a three-ring circus. His latest exploits: eight receptions
and 97 yards, both team highs, on October 3, 2004, a 24-17 win at Jacksonville.
Stokley's 22 receptions in four games are two shy of matching a
career high for a season, while his 311 yards are 46 short of a
Of Stokley's 22 receptions, 15 have produced first downs and three
reached the end zone. He's been most effective working the middle of
the field, registering a 45-yard reception against New England and
collecting 34- and 27-yard touchdowns against Green Bay.
Signed as UFA from Baltimore on March 14, 2003
originally was a D4-99 draft pick by Baltimore, the 105th selection overall.
2003: Started three of six outings during injury-plagued season -
started final three games and played as reserve WR 10/26 vs. Houston,
11/2 at Miami and 12/7 at Tennessee - was slowed through first part
of season by off-season foot surgery - concussion at Miami altered
mid-season availability - was 22-211, 3 TDs receiving had receptions
in five outings&ldots;was 9-67, 1 TD at Houston 12/28 and 7-95, 2 TDs
vs. Atlanta 12/14 for top outings - was 3-34 at Miami prior to injury
- was 2-10 at Tennessee and 1-5 vs. Denver 12/21 - had 4t and 37t
receptions vs. Atlanta, while 5t fourth-quarter snare at Houston tied
contest in final four minutes as Colts produced eventual last-second
20-17 win to capture AFC South title. POST-SEASON: Was 11-223, 3 TDs
receiving as reserve WR vs. Denver 1/4, at Kansas City 1/11 and 1/18
at New England - was 4-144, 2 TDs vs. Denver and, along with
WR-Marvin Harrison (7-133, 2 TDs), set club playoff record for most
scoring receptions in a game - had 31t and 87t receptions, with
latter score setting club playoff record for longest reception (75t,
John Mackey-from-John Unitas, Super Bowl V was prior longest play) -
was 4-57, 1 TD at Kansas City, including 29t snare to open scoring in
38-31 win - was 3-22 at New England. 2002: Started five of eight
games - started at Carolina 9/8, vs. Denver 9/30, at Cleveland 10/6,
at Atlanta 11/3 and vs. Cincinnati 11/10 - was reserve vs. Tampa Bay
9/15, vs. Jacksonville 10/20 and vs. Pittsburgh 10/27 - was inactive
10/13 at Indianapolis, at Miami 11/17 and vs. Tennessee 11/24 - spent
final five weeks of season on injured reserve - was 24-357, 2 TDs
receiving - was 6-83 at Carolina for career-high reception game - had
receptions in eight games, including five multiple-reception outings
- was 4-78, 2 TDs (20t, 35t) at Cleveland for career-best scoring
game. 2001: Started five of 16 games - started vs. Chicago 9/9, at
Cincinnati 9/23, at Denver 9/30, at Cleveland 10/21 and at Tennessee
11/2 - was 24-344, 2 TDs receiving to notch then top seasonal totals
- had receptions in 12 games, including seven multiple-reception
outings - was 5-68 at Cleveland - was 2-22 vs. Chicago, 2-19 vs.
Cincinnati, 3-38 at Green Bay 10/14, 3-23, 1 TD (5t) vs. Pittsburgh
12/16, 2-50 vs. Minnesota 1/7 and 2-42 vs. Indianapolis 12/2 for
other multiple-reception outings - had 21t snare vs. Cleveland 11/18
- was 1-1 rushing at Pittsburgh 11/4. POST-SEASON: Saw action as
reserve 1/13 at Miami and 1/20 at Pittsburgh - was 2-38 receiving.
2000: All action came in last seven games and started 12/24 vs. NYJ -
was inactive in seven of first eight games and was active but did not
play 9/17 at Miami - was 11-184, 2 TDs receiving - had receptions in
five outings - was 4-68 vs. Cleveland 11/26 and 4-55, 1 TD (22t) vs.
San Diego 12/10 for top games - had 14t reception at Cincinnati 11/5
- was 1-6 rushing at Arizona 12/17. POST-SEASON: Was reserve vs.
Denver 12/31, at Tennessee 1/7 and at Oakland 1/14 and started vs.
NYG 1/28 in Super Bowl XXXV - was 1-8 at Tennessee, 3-31 at Oakland
and 3-52, 1 TD (38t) vs. NYG. 1999: Was reserve at St. Louis 9/12 and
vs. Kansas City 10/21 before dislocating shoulder at Kansas City and
spending last 10 weeks on injured reserve - was inactive vs.
Pittsburgh 9/19, 10/3 at Atlanta and 10/10 at Tennessee - was active
but did not play vs. Cleveland 9/26 - was 1-28, 1 TD at St. Louis.
Started 26 of 37 career games and was 241-3,702, 25 TDs receiving and
100.05 ypg. average - set every school reception record and
ranked 10th in NCAA career receptions and 9th in yards - had three
1,000+ seasons and was only player in school history to have one
1,000+ season - was 65-1,173, 8 TDs as senior in eleven
starts&ldots;had six 100+ games and 106.64 ypg. average - was 6-151
at Arkansas, 10-133, 1 TD vs. Arkansas State, 7-181, 3 TDs vs. Tulane
and 7-152, 2 TDs at Oklahoma State - started four games as junior,
missing seven with knee injury - was 20-248, 1 TD - started eleven
games as sophomore and was 81-1,160, 7 TDs (105.45 ypg.) - had five
100+ games and set school seasonal reception mark - was 10-190, 1 TD
against Louisiana Tech and 9-189, 1 TD against Houston - was
All-Independent and All-Louisiana first-team choice - was reserve in
eleven games as freshman - was 75-1,121, 9 TDs (101.91 ypg.) to set
NCAA Division 1-A freshman record - had seven 100+ outings -
redshirted as freshman.
Full name is Brandon Stokley - born in Blacksburg, Va - attended
Comeaux (Lafayette, La.) High School - was 80-946 receiving in
playing one year of football, earning all-state honors - was
all-district G in basketball and baseball after giving up football to
concentrate on those sports - played for father, Nelson, at USL - has
worked in the past at Peyton Manning Passing Academy in Hammond, La -
.was active in Baltimore-area youth activities - Stokley and his
wife, Lana, reside with their son, Cameron, in Lafayette, La.
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