"He had a proud history not just with the Colts, but also as a player, coach and broadcaster for over half a century with the NFL," Jim Irsay said in a statement. "Ted was an innovator and turned the Colts into an instant playoff team when he took his first head coaching role in 1975. Ted was as humble as they come, and he represented the Colts and our community with class both off the field and on."
While he went 0-3 in the playoffs with the Baltimore Colts, Marchibroda is remembered for guiding a Jim Harbaugh-led Indianapolis team to the AFC Championship Game in 1995. With an overall record of 87-98-1, Marchibroda stands as the only man in NFL history to have coached both Baltimore franchises.
In Buffalo, Marchibroda was credited with creating the team's frenetic K-gun, no-huddle offense, a scheme that helped the Bills reach four straight Super Bowls.
Marchibroda also had an eye for talent, handing a young Bill Belichick his first NFL coaching job in 1975 before watching a handful of his assistants -- Lindy Infante, Marvin Lewis, Eric Mangini, Jim Schwartz and Ken Whisenhunt -- go on to become head coaches.
"Just a grave loss," said Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk, who played his first two NFL seasons under Marchibroda in Indianapolis. "The man who I'm endeared to. Taught me a lot about football and life and just how they correlate and how taking care of your job, taking care of your family and handling your responsibilities and being a good teammate is very important. We lost a special man."