INDIANAPOLIS – Rohn Stark played from 1982-94 with the Colts, leaving at that time as one of the top punters in club history. Stark punted 985 times for a 43.8 average, and he won three NFL punting titles (1983, 45.3; 1985, 45.9; 1986, 45.2). He made the Pro Bowl twice with the Colts and four times in a career that ended in 1997. His 197 games played tie for fourth-most in franchise history. Stark was a first-team All-Pro in 1983 and was one of the most popular Colts in the early Indianapolis era. Stark looks back on his career:
What was your favorite road stadium to play in and why?
I love Denver! The ball would stay in the air an extra .2 -.3 seconds. My cover guys had more time.
What opposing player did you respect the most and why?
Steve Tasker for the Bills was a relentless special teams player. He was always in the corner of my eye as a punt rusher.
What was your most memorable Colts game and why?
The Monday Night game against the Denver Broncos in 1988 was my most memorable. It was our first MNF game in Indianapolis, and we blew them out, 55-to-23. We could do nothing wrong!
Who was the toughest teammate you had and why was he the toughest?
I always remember Randy McMillan, a running back in the mid 80’s. He wasn’t the fastest, biggest or most talented, but he would try to run over anyone. Against the Dolphins I saw him knock Lyle Blackwood (a pretty tough guy in his own right) on his back and step on his chest as he ran over him! He was a tough competitor.
What was the hardest thing about playing on the road?
Definitely it was adjusting to field conditions. It varied from week-to-week, and playing late in the year always got your attention. Some divisional games in the AFC East could be a challenge.
What was your favorite road win?
Any time we beat the Dolphins was good for me. They were coached well and had good players. You had to play smartly.
What did your jersey number mean to you?
To this day number 3 is my lucky number. No other number would look right!
What was the most fun thing about training camp?
The last day.
What was the toughest thing about training camp?
Seclusion, and trying to get 18 holes in before lunch;-)
What advice would you give to players heading into the NFL?
Never…Ever…take it for granted. The NFL is bigger than any one player and it owes you nothing. You will carry the torch for what is a short time and pass it on. Enjoy every minute!
If you could pick three people to share a meal with, who would they be and why would you include them?
Jim Irsay, Pete Ward and Jon Scott. From 1982-95 we would have a lot to talk about. Great guys!
Do you have a favorite quote? If so, what is it and why does it mean something to you?
No doubt. Brad Seely, the best special team’s coach that ever lived, would always say before a post-game film meeting when we got beat, “Just remember, it is never as bad as it looks and it is never as good as it looks.” Those are words to live by.
What is the best college uniform and why?
FSU, the Florida State Seminoles, where I went…DUH.
What is your all-time favorite stadium (not necessarily in the NFL) and why?
It was the RCA Dome. I knew every inch of it.
What is the greatest sporting event or individual performance outside the NFL that you saw in person?
Tom Zupancic bench pressing 610 pounds, and to think he couldn’t beat me or Biasucci in an arm wrestle!!
What was your favorite team growing up and why?
The Vikings. I got to meet a lot of the players when I was very young competing in the Punt, Pass and Kick Competitions.
Who is the best pure athlete you have had as a teammate in Indianapolis?
Eric Dickerson (click here). He was such a pure runner, a unique and beautiful style. He was more physical than people realized (click here for 1988 review/highlights.
What do you remember the most about Colts fans?
They were GREAT. Having made the move from Baltimore it was so gratifying to have fans excited about having a team.
Please describe what you currently are doing and where you live as well as any family information you wish to include.
Since retiring from the NFL in 1998 my family and I have lived on Maui. I visited Hawaii the first time in 1986 when I went to my first Pro Bowl. I fell in love. I own Platinum Properties Hawaii, a real estate brokerage company. My wife, Ann, and I work together. I handle property sales and she watched over our property management division. We have several vacation rental properties here on Maui. My son, Taylor, is a doctor in San Francisco and daughter, Taryn, owns her own company, Platinum Weddings and Events.