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8 Reasons for Indianapolis Colts Fans to Root for Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII

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8 Reasons for Indianapolis Colts Fans to Root for Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII
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Baltimore Ravens WR Tandon Doss is one of many Baltimore players and coaches who have ties to Indian …

The Indianapolis Colts may have been bounced out of the playoffs by the Baltimore Ravens, but there are still plenty of reasons for Colts fans--and Hoosiers in general--to pull for the Ravens against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.

Eight players and coaches from the Ravens have ties to the Colts or to Indiana. In alphabetical order:

Jim Caldwell: The Ravens' offensive coordinator spent 10 seasons with the Colts, from 2002-11, serving as Indy's quarterbacks coach, assistant coach, associate coach and head coach. He was part of the Colts' coaching staff in 2006 when Indianapolis won Super Bowl XLI and as head coach, he led the team back to the big game in Super Bowl XLIV.

Tandon Doss: Doss wears No. 17 for the Ravens as one of their wide receivers. He was born in Indianapolis, graduated from Indy's Ben Davis High School in 2008, and played collegiately for the Indiana Hoosiers. A fourth-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, Doss had seven receptions for 123 yards and a touchdown in 14 games during the regular season.

John Harbaugh: Baltimore's head coach served as the defensive backs and special teams coordinator at Indiana University in 1997.

Chris Hewitt: The Ravens' assistant special teams coach made his coaching debut at Notre Dame in 2003 as the Fighting Irish's strength and conditioning assistant.

Don "Wink" Martindale: Now the inside linebackers coach for Baltimore, Martindale served as a defensive assistant for Notre Dame in 1994 and 1995.

Andy Moeller: Moeller began his coaching career as a graduate assistant for the Indiana Hoosiers in 1987. He now coaches the offensive line of the Ravens.

Dean Pees: Baltimore defensive coordinator Dean Pees served as Notre Dame's secondary coach in 1994.

Bernard Pollard: Wearing No. 31 for the Ravens, Pollard is a veteran safety who was born in Fort Wayne, Ind., attended Fort Wayne's South Side High School, and played his college football for the Purdue Boilermakers. Pollard was a second-round draft pick by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2006 and has played for the Chiefs, Houston Texans and Ravens. In 2012, Pollard accumulated 98 tackles, two sacks, and an interception in 13 regular season games.

Are you rooting for the Ravens in Super Bowl XLVI?

The author is a resident of central Indiana and a longtime fan of the Colts. You can follow him on Twitter at @RedZoneWriting and on Facebook.

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