One of the Colts’ draft picks will be announced April 27 downtown Muncie as part of the National Football League’s (NFL) centennial celebration. The Draft will visit the towns of the original NFL teams, with Muncie being one of them. 

Chris Flook, president of the Delaware County Historical Society, said in an email that in the early 1900’s there were several amateur football teams in Muncie. A few of these teams merged to become the Congerville Flyers.

In 1919, the Congerville Flyers soared to the Muncie City Championship where they defeated the Avondale Athletic Club to become champions.

The team signed with the American Professional Football Association (APFA) and became the Muncie Flyers in 1920.  

The Flyers didn’t exactly fly high while they were in the APFA for two seasons. They lost all three games they played and finished last in the APFA standings.

In 1922, The Muncie Flyers dropped out of the APFA and became the Congerville Flyers once again, playing only local and amateur teams. This was also the year the APFA became the NFL.

Cheryl Crowder, the event coordinator of Muncie Downtown Development, said that from 2-5:30 p.m. on April 27, the NFL will be at Canan Commons for its third-day, sixth-round draft pick.

The celebration will replicate a tailgate experience with food vendors, lawn games, DJ music and more.

Representatives and cheerleaders from the Colts will be in attendance for meet-and-greets at the event.

The Ball State football team, cheerleaders and Charlie Cardinal have all been invited to the event but at this time not much is known on who all will be attending.

Contact Kayla Jackson with any comments at kmjackson4@bsu.edu