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Former Colts offensive lineman suggests Colts cheated with combating crowd noise

July 04, 2017 - 10:51 am

Many have suspected the Colts of bending the rules over the years, and now there's actually some proof.

In an Indianapolis Star profile of former Colts offensive lineman Tarik Glenn, he revealed the Colts had a system in place to deal with crowd noise on the road, which helped Peyton Manning when he was a rookie in 1998.

“We were playing on the road, it might have been Peyton’s rookie year, and it was really loud,” Glenn told the paper. “Peyton [Manning] hadn’t mastered the silent count, so [former offensive line coach] Howard Mudd had us wearing these hearing aids that were supposed to muffle the crowd while projecting the quarterback’s voice.”

Of course, any type of hearing aid would be illegal.

This isn't the first time the Colts have been associated with illegal activity when it comes to crowd noise. In 2012 they were suspected of pumping in crowd noise to the RCA Dome.

It's unlikely anything will actually come of this, but it's worth wondering how long the Colts were participating in such behavior.