And most, if not all of the players, were prominent in the community, too.
That will make it even harder for the fans to accept.
"What is wrong with the colts one bad season and you cut the whole team! I will never go to another colts game!! (hash)unhappycoltsfan tweeted Pacers guard George Hill, who grew up in Indianapolis and played college ball at IUPUI in the city.
"They're tremendous players that meant so much to the franchise, so it's been rough," Grigson said. "I respect them all as players, they've all been great in the community and they were all home-raised here. They are Colts and they always will be Colts.
But Grigson said it was the only way the Colts could make a fresh start.
"We looked at the options and we've done everything we can," he said when asked if they could have redone some deals to keep the cornerstone players. "It is what it is, and you know how this business is. It's tough."
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