Colts lose long-time executive

March 12, 2009
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bobIndianapolis Colts executive vice president Bob Terpening plans to retire June 1 after more than 30 years with the team.

Terpening is one of the Colts longest-tenured staff members and someone who played a key role in player contract negotiations.

He is one of the few remaining faces from the Colts' time in Baltimore and worked closely with team owner Jim Irsay over the past quarter century.

Terpening first joined the organization in 1970 when he graded films, then took a job in the New England Patriots scouting department in 1971.

He rejoined the Colts six years later as a college scout and worked his way through the ranks, staying with the team as it moved to Indianapolis in 1984. He has been the team's executive vice president since 2000.

Terpening’s son, Matt, works in the Colts’ scouting department.
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  • One of the last soldiers from the Bob Irsay regime has left the building. Or at least is leaving the building. I wonder if this was another front office budget cut? The Colts have to find the money to meet the players salary cap some how.
  • Terp has been a great asset for the Colts, and a fine ambassador for the game. His support of youth football and such organizations like the National Football Foundation go very much unrecognized. He certainly will be missed.
  • Bob was my next door neighbor for 11 years. Very quiet, unassumptive, but if you ever needed anything (like a glimpse of the Super Bowl ring) he was more than happy to oblige. Good man. Always pulling out of the driveway at the crack of dawn. Enjoy retirement, Bob - you deserve it.

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