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National Football League
National Football League
(1953–1983)

Western Conference (1953–1969)

Coastal Division (1967–1969)

American Football Conference
American Football Conference
(1970–1983)

AFC East
AFC East
(1970–1983)

Uniform

Team colors

Royal Blue, White          

Personnel

Owner(s) Carroll Rosenbloom
Carroll Rosenbloom
of Baltimore, (1953–1972) Robert Irsay of Chicago, (1972–1983)

Head coach Keith Molesworth (1953) Weeb Ewbank (1954–1962) Don Shula
Don Shula
(1963–1969) Don McCafferty (1970–1972) John Sandusky (1972) Howard Schnellenberger
Howard Schnellenberger
(1973–1974) Joe Thomas (1974) Ted Marchibroda
Ted Marchibroda
(1975–1979) Mike McCormack (1980–1981) Frank Kush (1982–1983)

Team history

Baltimore
Baltimore
Colts (1953–1983) Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts
(1984–present)

Championships

League championships (3†)

NFL Championships (pre-1970 AFL–NFL merger) (3) 1958, 1959, 1968

Super Bowl championships (1) 1970

Conference championships (5)

NFL Western: 1958, 1959, 1964, 1968 AFC: 1970

Division championships (5)

NFL Coastal: 1968 AFC East: 1970, 1975, 1976, 1977 † – Does not include the AFL or NFL Championships won during the same seasons as the AFL–NFL Super Bowl Championships prior to the 1970 AFL–NFL merger

Playoff appearances (10)

NFL: 1958, 1959, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1975, 1976, 1977

Home fields

Memorial Stadium (1953–1983)

The professional American football
American football
franchise currently known as the Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts
was originally based in Baltimore, Maryland
Maryland
as the Baltimore
Baltimore
Colts from 1953 to 1984. Named in honor of Baltimore's history of horse breeding and racing (including the Preakness Stakes, one of the events in the U.S. Triple Crown championship series) at Pimlico Race Course, this was the second incarnation of the "Baltimore Colts" after the first one played from 1947 to 1950 in the old All-America Football Conference
All-America Football Conference
for three years and moved to the National Football League
National Football League
(NFL) with a few other AAFC teams after the 1949 merger, but playing only one season. The 1953–83 Baltimore Colts team played its home games at Memorial Stadium on 33rd Street during its entire tenure in Baltimore
Baltimore
before the franchise relocated to Indianapolis, Indiana, in March 1984.

Contents

1 Franchise history

1.1 AAFC Baltimore
Baltimore
Colts 1.2 NFL Dallas Texans 1.3 In Baltimore

1.3.1 1953–1967: The Johnny Unitas
Johnny Unitas
era 1.3.2 1968–1972: Merger and Super Bowl V 1.3.3 1972–1976: Bob Irsay arrives 1.3.4 1976–1983: Last days of the Baltimore
Baltimore
Colts

1.4 Move to Indianapolis

2 Baltimore
Baltimore
Colts vs. Indianapolis
Indianapolis
Colts 3 Records

3.1 All-time records 3.2 Retired numbers 3.3 Pro Football Hall of Famers

4 Notes 5 References

Franchise history[edit] The Baltimore
Baltimore
Colts were one of the first NFL teams to have cheerleaders, a marching band and a team "fight song" (along with the nearby Washington Redskins, forty miles southwest in the nation's capital).[1] The Baltimore
Baltimore
Colts were named after Baltimore's 142-year-old annual "Preakness Stakes", a premier thoroughbred horse racing event, second jewel of the famous "Triple Crown" championship series of the sport run at the historic Pimlico Race Course
Pimlico Race Course
since 1873. This third, most famous Baltimore
Baltimore
Colts pro football franchise was officially created in 1953, but can trace its history much earlier than that, to before the NFL itself actually began in 1920: its earliest predecessor was the old Dayton Triangles, a founding member of the reorganized and renamed National Football League
National Football League
of 1922, (from the old previous American Professional Football Conference, later renamed A.P.F. Association a few months later in 1920) that was originally created in 1913. Because of the link to the ancient Dayton Triangles, the Baltimore
Baltimore
Colts can arguably claim to have played and won, on October 3, 1920, what could be considered the very first A.P.F.A./N.F.L. professional football game, with a 14-0 defeat of the rival Columbus Panhandles
Columbus Panhandles
at Triangle Park in Dayton, Ohio. The team went through the following changes:

Dayton Triangles
Dayton Triangles
pro football team relocated to New York City to the Borough of Brooklyn, New York and was renamed Brooklyn
Brooklyn
Dodgers (separate from the more famous Brooklyn
Brooklyn
Dodgers of major league baseball's National League) in 1930. Changed name to Brooklyn
Brooklyn
Tigers in 1944. In the same year, the Boston Yanks are founded. Merged with Boston Yanks
Boston Yanks
in 1945 as the World War II-era war-time "The Yanks". Brooklyn
Brooklyn
franchise canceled in 1945 by the League and the team's players were given to the Boston Yanks, as a parallel team, the (New York Yankees of the new competing post-war All-America Football Conference - A.A.F.C.) is founded by the Tigers' former owner, Dan Topping (1912–1974). Miami Seahawks
Miami Seahawks
of the A.A.F.C. are folded and replaced in the Conference's second season by a new franchise in Baltimore
Baltimore
given the name of the "Colts" after a name selection contest among the new Baltimore
Baltimore
fans. The Colts later joined the reorganized NFL. in 1950, following the merger of the A.A.F.C. with the older league, along with the addition of teams San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers
and the Cleveland Browns. This second Baltimore
Baltimore
Colts franchise was later dissolved by the NFL for financial reasons after only the one 1950 season on January 18, 1951. Boston Yanks
Boston Yanks
were canceled upon request of the team owner for tax purposes. The owner was given a new franchise for New York City in 1949, now named the New York Bulldogs. The name was then changed to the New York Yanks the following season in 1950. The Yanks absorbed much of the previous football Yankees' roster the next year. New York Yanks of the NFL were canceled after the one 1951 season and replaced in 1952 by the Dallas Texans, with the first expansion of the League into high school and collegiate football-crazy Texas
Texas
and first into the southern part of the United States. Texans owner returned the team leadership to the League ownership of the NFL during mid-season. The Texans become a "road" team halfway through the 1952 season with no "home base", playing only "away" games and folded after the one 1952 season. Dallas Texans franchise was sold to Baltimore
Baltimore
civic and sports interests led by Carroll Rosenbloom
Carroll Rosenbloom
on January 23, 1953, where a new team was established resurrecting the previous well-liked "Colts" nickname, they however replaced the old AAFC/NFL team colors of silver and green with the Texans' team colors of blue and white (also coincidentally used by the original APFA/NFL Dayton Triangles
Dayton Triangles
team, and the later NFL second expansion team in 1960 of the iconic Dallas Cowboys, along with silver).

AAFC Baltimore
Baltimore
Colts[edit] As the result of a fan contest in Baltimore, won by Charles Evans of Middle River in suburban eastern Baltimore
Baltimore
County, the team was renamed the " Baltimore
Baltimore
Colts". On September 7, 1947, wearing the green and silver uniforms, the Colts, under Head Coach Cecil Isbell, won their initial All-America Football Conference
All-America Football Conference
game in the A.A.F.C.'s second season, 16–7, over the Brooklyn
Brooklyn
Dodgers. Home site for the new AAFC games in "The Monumental City" was the old 1922 Municipal Stadium (also known as " Baltimore
Baltimore
Stadium" or "Venable Stadium" - located in previous Venable Park) on the north side of 33rd Street boulevard in northeast Baltimore, later renovated and rebuilt with an upper tier added the following year for use also by the new American League of major league baseball's relocated franchise, the Baltimore Orioles). The football team concluded its inaugural season before a record Baltimore
Baltimore
crowd of 51,583 by losing to the New York Yankees, 21–7. The Colts finished with a 2–11–1 record, good for a fourth-place finish in the Eastern Division of the A.A.F.C. The Colts completed the 1948 season with a 7–8 record, tying the Buffalo Bills for the division title. The Colts compiled a 1–11 mark in their third season of 1949. Y. A. Tittle, later to gain additional hall of fame status a decade later with the NFL's New York Giants
New York Giants
was the Colts starting quarterback. After four years of inter-league rivalry, competition, and player contract raiding, the A.A.F.C. and N.F.L. merged in 1950, and the Colts joined the reorganized new NFL, along with the San Francisco 49ers and the Cleveland Browns. After posting a 1–11 record for the second consecutive year, the NFL franchise of just one season was dissolved by the League on January 18, 1951. But many Baltimore
Baltimore
fans protested the loss of their team and continued to support the marching band (the second in professional football, after that of the Washington Redskins) and fan club, both of which remained in operation ("in exile" status) and worked for the team's revival. NFL Dallas Texans[edit] After two seasons without professional football, NFL Commissioner Bert Bell, (1895-1959), challenged the City of Baltimore
Baltimore
under Mayor Thomas L. J. D'Alesandro Jr., (1903–1987), in December 1952 to sell 15,000 season tickets within six weeks in order to re-enter the NFL. That 15,000-ticket quota was reached in just four weeks and three days. On January 23, 1953, with the encouragement of the city's civic and business leadership, under the principal ownership of Carroll Rosenbloom, (1907-1979), the NFL sold Dallas Texans franchise to Baltimore
Baltimore
where, keeping the "Colts" nickname, the Texans team colors of blue and white were inherited. This is the franchise that exists today in Indianapolis
Indianapolis
in the modern National Football League.[2] In Baltimore[edit] 1953–1967: The Johnny Unitas
Johnny Unitas
era[edit]

Pro Football Hall of Fame
Pro Football Hall of Fame
inductee Johnny Unitas, (1933–2002), was the Baltimore
Baltimore
Colts' starting quarterback and famed "Number 19", from 1956 to 1972. Unitas was raised in the Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
area and played earlier for the University of Louisville
University of Louisville
in Louisville, Kentucky

In 1953, the second incarnation of the Baltimore
Baltimore
Colts took the field for the first time ever at Memorial Stadium, (then also used temporarily by the old Baltimore
Baltimore
Orioles minor league team in the International League
International League
since the burning in July 1944 of their Oriole Park home farther southeast at Greenmount Avenue and 29th Street in Waverly. The newly renamed Memorial field was being rebuilt and adding a second upper tier to old Municipal Stadium for use by the following year of the major league baseball's Baltimore
Baltimore
Orioles franchise in the American League, relocated that November from St. Louis, Missouri
St. Louis, Missouri
as the St. Louis Browns. The 33rd Street field also then sometimes known as " Baltimore
Baltimore
Stadium" or "Venable Stadium" for its location in the former Venable Park along the north side of the 33rd Street boulevard, constructed originally as a football-only bowl in 1922 in only seven months and later capable of holding almost 100,000 fans for the frequent high school and local collegiate/university games there during the following three decades), on September 27 to face off against the Chicago
Chicago
Bears. The Colts would go on to win the game 13–9 and stun the Bears. The team's lack of experience showed as the team finished 3–9. In 1955, the Colts had 12 rookies make the team. In 1956, quarterback George Shaw went down with a serious injury in the fourth game of the season. The Colts' unproven backup, Johnny Unitas, would go on to win half the remaining eight games to give the Colts a record of 5–7 for the season. The Colts won their first NFL Championship in 1958. The 1958 NFL Championship game is widely known as the "Greatest Game Ever Played" for its dramatic conclusion with quarterback Johnny Unitas
Johnny Unitas
marching the Colts downfield in sudden death overtime and Alan Ameche
Alan Ameche
scoring the winning touchdown on a 1-yard run. Much of the credit for Baltimore's success went to Hall of Famers Johnny Unitas, halfback Lenny Moore, and wide receiver Raymond Berry. Following the Colts' first NFL championship, the team once again posted a 9–3 record during the 1959 season and once again defeated the Giants in the NFL Championship Game to claim their second title in back to back fashion.[3] Following the two championships in 1958 and 1959, the Colts did not return to the NFL Championship for four seasons and saw a transition from head coach Ewbank to a young Don Shula in 1963.[4] In Shula's second season the Colts compiled a 12–2 record, but lost 27–0 to the Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns
in the NFL Championship. In 1965 the Colts played the Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers
in a playoff to determine who would go to the NFL Championship game. The Colts were leading 10-7 over the Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers
with two minutes left to play when the Packers' kicker, Don Chandler
Don Chandler
seemed to barely miss a field goal. [5]The referee called it good however, and the Packers went on to win the game in overtime. The error precipitated changes to the rules: the NFL decided two referees would judge future field goals, and that the uprights should be raised by ten feet. In 1968 the Colts returned with the continued leadership of Unitas and Shula and went on to win the Colts' third NFL Championship and made an appearance in Super Bowl III. In 1968, Unitas was injured and replaced by Earl Morrall
Earl Morrall
who became the league's MVP. 1968–1972: Merger and Super Bowl V[edit]

The Colts against Dallas in their first Super Bowl championship (V)

Leading up to the Super Bowl and following the 34–0 trouncing of the Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns
in the NFL Championship, many were calling the 1968 Colts team one of the "greatest pro football teams of all time"[6] and were favored by 18 points against their counterparts from the American Football League, the New York Jets.[7] The Colts, however, were stunned by the Jets, who won the game 16–7 in the first Super Bowl victory for the young AFL. The result of the game surprised many in the sports media[8] as Joe Namath
Joe Namath
and Matt Snell led the Jets to the Super Bowl victory under head coach Weeb Ewbank, who had previously won two NFL Championships with the Colts. Rosenbloom of the Colts, Art Modell
Art Modell
of the Browns, and Art Rooney
Art Rooney
of the Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Steelers agreed to have their teams join the ten AFL teams in the American Football Conference
American Football Conference
as part of the AFL–NFL merger in 1970.[3] The Colts immediately went on a rampage in the new league, as new head coach Don McCafferty led the 1970 team to an 11–2–1 regular season record, winning the AFC East
AFC East
title. In the first round of the NFL Playoffs, the Colts beat the Cincinnati Bengals 17–0; one week later in the first ever AFC Championship Game, they beat the Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders
27–17. Baltimore
Baltimore
went on to win the first post-merger Super Bowl (Super Bowl V), defeating the National Football Conference's Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys
16–13 on a Jim O'Brien field goal with five seconds left to play.[9] The victory gave the Colts their fourth NFL championship and first Super Bowl victory. Following the championship, the Colts returned to the playoffs in 1971, winning their opening playoff game against the Browns 20-3, but lost in the second AFC Championship Game
AFC Championship Game
in Miami 21-0. 1972–1976: Bob Irsay arrives[edit] Citing friction with the City of Baltimore
Baltimore
and the local press, Rosenbloom traded the Colts franchise to Robert Irsay on July 13, 1972 and received the Los Angeles Rams
Los Angeles Rams
in return.[10] Under the new ownership, the Colts did not reach the postseason for three consecutive seasons after 1971, and after the 1972 season, starting quarterback and legend Johnny Unitas
Johnny Unitas
was traded to the San Diego Chargers.[3] Following Unitas' departure, the Colts made the playoffs three consecutive seasons from 1975 to 1977, losing in the divisional round each time. The Colts 1977 playoff loss in double overtime against the Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders
was famous for the fact that it was the last playoff game for the Colts in Baltimore
Baltimore
and is also known for the Ghost to the Post
Ghost to the Post
play. These consecutive championship teams featured 1976 NFL Most Valuable Player Bert Jones at quarterback and an outstanding defensive line, nicknamed the "Sack Pack." 1976–1983: Last days of the Baltimore
Baltimore
Colts[edit] Following this relative success in the 1970s, the Colts suffered a string of disappointing seasons, often finishing in last place in their division. Attendance began to dwindle in the early 1970s and remained that way for the rest of the team's tenure in Baltimore. The Colts would endure nine consecutive losing seasons beginning in 1978. In 1981, the Colts defense allowed an NFL-record 533 points, set an all-time record for fewest sacks (13), and also set a modern record for fewest punt returns (12).[11] The following year, the offense collapsed, including a game against the Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills
where the Colts' offense did not cross mid-field the entire game. The Colts finished 0–8–1 in the strike-shortened 1982 season, thereby earning the right to select Stanford quarterback John Elway
John Elway
with the first overall pick. Elway, however, refused to play for Baltimore, and using leverage as a draftee of the New York Yankees
New York Yankees
baseball club, forced a trade to Denver.[12] Behind an improved defense the team finished 7–9 in 1983, but that would be their last season in Baltimore. Move to Indianapolis[edit] Main article: Baltimore
Baltimore
Colts relocation to Indianapolis The city of Indianapolis, Indiana, made an offer for the Colts franchise to move there. Baltimore
Baltimore
was unsuccessful at persuading them to stay, so the city government attempted to get the state legislature to condemn the Colts franchise and give ownership to another group that would promise to keep the Colts in Baltimore. Oakland, California had just had some success in court trying the same tactic with the Oakland Raiders. Under the threat of eminent domain from the city of Baltimore, the franchise relocated to Indianapolis
Indianapolis
in the middle of the night on March 29, 1984. The city of Baltimore
Baltimore
did not give up and sued to condemn the franchise anyway and seize ownership. Baltimore
Baltimore
did not prevail in court,[13] but eventually acquired a new NFL team in 1996 with the establishment of the Baltimore
Baltimore
Ravens following the Cleveland Browns relocation controversy. Many former Colts players were infuriated by the move. Among the most notable was Johnny Unitas, who opted to cut all ties with his former team after the incident.[14] Unitas aligned himself with the Ravens when they moved to Baltimore, and a statue of him was placed outside of M&T Bank Stadium.[15] Baltimore
Baltimore
Colts vs. Indianapolis
Indianapolis
Colts[edit] The NFL treats the Baltimore
Baltimore
Colts and the Indianapolis
Indianapolis
Colts (including logos, history, and records) as one continuous franchise from 1953 to the present. Despite this, some former Baltimore
Baltimore
Colts players, led by Johnny Unitas, disowned the Colts franchise after the move to Indianapolis, instead choosing to remain loyal to the City of Baltimore. These former players embraced the new Baltimore
Baltimore
Ravens franchise when it arrived in Baltimore
Baltimore
in 1996.[16][17][18] The Ravens responded by adding some of these players to the Baltimore
Baltimore
Ravens Ring of Honor. The Ravens officially have no retired numbers,[19] but out of respect for Unitas, only quarterback Scott Mitchell has worn the number 19, which he did in his lone season in Baltimore
Baltimore
in 1999. The Baltimore
Baltimore
Colts Marching Band, which continued to operate after the Colts moved, became Baltimore's Marching Ravens. On the other hand, there have been many former Baltimore
Baltimore
Colts players who have embraced the franchise as continuous, from Baltimore
Baltimore
to Indianapolis. In 2009, Jim Irsay
Jim Irsay
held a reunion of his favorite Colts team ever, the 1975 AFC East
AFC East
champions. 39 of the 50 players on that roster attended the reunion at Lucas Oil Stadium, including quarterback Bert Jones and running back Lydell Mitchell. Also, On February 5, 2012, at Super Bowl XLVI, Hall-of-Fame Baltimore
Baltimore
Colts wide receiver Raymond Berry
Raymond Berry
carried the Vince Lombardi Trophy
Vince Lombardi Trophy
to midfield to present it to the New York Giants, who had just defeated the New England Patriots.[20] He was given the honor due the game being played at Lucas Oil Stadium, the home stadium of his former team, the Colts, who had moved to Indianapolis
Indianapolis
in 1984. Although the retired numbers of the Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts
officially includes Unitas and others dating back to the Baltimore
Baltimore
days,[19] the Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts
Ring of Honor currently only includes players who have played in Indianapolis, with the exception of Chris Hinton, who played for the Baltimore
Baltimore
Colts in his rookie season in 1983. Records[edit]

NFL champions (1920–1969) Super Bowl champions (1970–present) Conference champions Division champions Wild card berth One-game playoff berth

Season Team League Conference Division Regular season[a] Postseason results Awards[b][c]

Finish Won Lost Ties

Baltimore
Baltimore
Colts

1953 1953 NFL Western — 5th 3 9 0

1954 1954 NFL Western — 6th 3 9 0

1955 1955 NFL Western — 4th 5 6 1

Alan Ameche
Alan Ameche
(OROY)[21]

1956 1956 NFL Western — 4th 5 7 0

Lenny Moore
Lenny Moore
(OROY)[22]

1957 1957 NFL Western — 3rd 7 5 0

1958 1958 NFL Western — 1st 9 3 0 Won NFL Championship (1) (Giants) 23–17

1959 1959 NFL Western — 1st 9 3 0 Won NFL Championship (2) (Giants) 31–16

1960 1960 NFL Western — 4th 6 6 0

1961 1961 NFL Western — 3rd 8 6 0

1962 1962 NFL Western — 4th 7 7 0

1963 1963 NFL Western — 3rd 8 6 0

1964 1964 NFL Western — 1st 12 2 0 Lost NFL Championship (Browns) 27–0 Johnny Unitas
Johnny Unitas
(MVP)[23] Don Shula
Don Shula
(COY)[24]

1965 1965 NFL Western — 2nd 10 3 1 Lost Conference Playoff Game (Packers) 13–10

1966 1966 NFL Western — 2nd 9 5 0

1967[e] 1967 NFL Western Coastal 2nd 11 1 2

Johnny Unitas
Johnny Unitas
(MVP)[23] Don Shula
Don Shula
(COY)[24]

1968 1968 NFL Western Coastal 1st 13 1 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Vikings) 24–14 Won NFL Championship (Browns) 34–0 Lost Super Bowl III
Super Bowl III
(Jets) 16–7 Earl Morrall
Earl Morrall
(MVP)[25] Don Shula
Don Shula
(COY)[24]

1969 1969 NFL Western Coastal 2nd 8 5 1

1970 1970 NFL AFC East 1st 11 2 1 Won Divisional Playoffs (Bengals) 17–0 Won Conference Championship (Raiders) 27–17 Won Super Bowl V
Super Bowl V
(3) (Cowboys) 16–13 Johnny Unitas
Johnny Unitas
(WP MOY)[26]

1971 1971 NFL AFC East 2nd 10 4 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Browns) 20–3 Lost Conference Championship (Dolphins) 21–0

1972 1972 NFL AFC East 3rd 5 9 0

1973 1973 NFL AFC East 4th 4 10 0

1974 1974 NFL AFC East 5th 2 12 0

1975 1975 NFL AFC East 1st[f] 10 4 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Steelers) 28–10 Ted Marchibroda
Ted Marchibroda
(COY)[27]

1976 1976 NFL AFC East 1st[g] 11 3 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Steelers) 40–14 Bert Jones (MVP, OPOY)[28]

1977 1977 NFL AFC East 1st[h] 10 4 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Raiders) 37–31 (2OT)[i]

1978 1978 NFL AFC East 5th 5 11 0

1979 1979 NFL AFC East 5th 5 11 0

1980 1980 NFL AFC East 4th 7 9 0

1981 1981 NFL AFC East 4th 2 14 0

1982 1982 NFL AFC [j] 14th 0 8 1

1983 1983 NFL AFC East 4th 7 9 0

Vernon Leroy Maxwell (DROY)[29]

All-time records[edit]

Statistic Wins Losses Ties Win%

Baltimore
Baltimore
Colts regular season record (1953–1983) 222 194 7 .533

Baltimore
Baltimore
Colts post-season record (1953–1983) 8 7 — .533

All-time regular and post-season record 230 201 7 .533

Retired numbers[edit] Includes Players That ONLY Played in Baltimore

Baltimore
Baltimore
Colts retired numbers

No. Player Position Years played

19 Johnny Unitas QB 1956–1972

22 Buddy Young RB 1953–1955

24 Lenny Moore HB 1956–1967

70 Art Donovan DT 1953–1961

77 Jim Parker OL 1957–1967

82 Raymond Berry WR 1955–1967

89 Gino Marchetti DE 1953–1966

Pro Football Hall of Famers[edit]

Baltimore
Baltimore
Colts Hall of Famers

Players

No. Name Positions Seasons Inducted No. Name Positions Seasons Inducted

82 Raymond Berry WR 1955–1967 1973

70 Art Donovan DT 1953–1961 1968

83 Ted Hendricks LB 1969–1973 1990

88 John Mackey TE 1963–1971 1992

89 Gino Marchetti DE 1953–1964 1966 1972

24 Lenny Moore HB 1956–1967 1975

77 Jim Parker OL 1957–1967 1973

34 Joe Perry FB 1961–1962 1969

19 Johnny Unitas QB 1956–1972 1979

Coaches and Executives

Name Positions Tenure Inducted Notes

Weeb Ewbank Coach 1954–1962 1978

Mike McCormack Coach 1980–1981 1984 Inducted for playing Offensive tackle

Don Shula Coach 1963–1969 1997 Shula was also a defensive back for Baltimore
Baltimore
(1953–1956)

Notes[edit]

a The Finish, Won, Lost, and Ties columns list regular season results and exclude any postseason play. Regular season and postseason results are combined only at the bottom of the list. b All regular season MVPs listed are the Associated Press MVP. For the full list of other MVPs see National Football League
National Football League
Most Valuable Player Award. c All Coach of the Year Awards listed are the Associated Press award. For the full list of other coaching awards see National Football League Coach of the Year Award. d This game would be later known as The Greatest Game Ever Played.[30] e The 1967 NFL season marks the first season in the league's history where the league was divided into two conferences which were subdivided into two divisions. Up to 1967, the league was either divided into two divisions, two conferences, or neither.[31] f The Colts and Dolphins finished tied. However, the Colts finished ahead of Miami in the AFC East
AFC East
based on a head-to-head sweep (2–0).[32] g The Colts and Patriots finished tied. However, the Colts finished ahead of New England based on a better division record (7–1 to Patriots' 6–2).[33] h The Colts and Dolphins finished tied. However, the Colts finished ahead of Miami based on better conference record (9–3 to Dolphins' 8–4).[33] i The game involved the infamous Ghost to the Post
Ghost to the Post
play.[34] j 1982 was a strike-shortened season so the league was divided up into two conferences instead of its normal divisional alignment.[35]

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Indianapolis
Indianapolis
Colts

Founded in 1953 Played in Baltimore
Baltimore
(1953–83) Based and headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana

Franchise

History

in Baltimore relocation to Indianapolis in Indianapolis

Players Quarterbacks Coaches Seasons Draft First-round draft picks Ring of Honor

Stadiums

Memorial Stadium RCA Dome Lucas Oil Stadium

Culture

Carroll Rosenbloom Robert Irsay Jim Irsay 12th Man AAFC Colts Baltimore
Baltimore
Colts Marching Band

The Band That Wouldn't Die

Blue Cheerleaders

Lore

The Greatest Game Ever Played Ghost to the Post 1995 AFC Championship Game Deflategate

Rivalries

New England Patriots

Brady–Manning rivalry

Division championships (16)

1968 1970 1975 1976 1977 1987 1999 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2009 2010 2013 2014

Conference championships (7)

1958 1959 1964 1968 1970 2006 2009

League championships (4†)

1958 1959 1970 (V) 2006 (XLI)

† does not include 1968 NFL championship

Retired numbers

18 19 22 24 70 77 82 89

Media

Broadcasters WFNI-AM Bob Lamey Jim Sorgi

Current league affiliations

League: National Football League Conference: American Football Conference Division: South Division

Seasons (65)

1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

Championsh

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