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National Football League
National Football League
(1953–present)

Western Conference (1953–1969)

Coastal Division (1967–1969)

American Football Conference
American Football Conference
(1970–present)

AFC East
AFC East
(1970–2001) AFC South (2002–present)

Current uniform

Team colors

Royal Blue, White[2][3]          

Mascot Blue

Personnel

Owner(s) Jim Irsay

CEO Jim Irsay

General manager Chris Ballard

Head coach Frank Reich

Team history

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

Championships

League championships (4†)

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

Super Bowl
Super Bowl
championships (2) 1970 (V), 2006 (XLI)

Conference championships (7)

NFL Western: 1958, 1959, 1964, 1968 AFC: 1970, 2006, 2009

Division championships (16)

NFL Coastal: 1968 AFC East: 1970, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1987, 1999 AFC South: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014

† – Does not include the AFL or NFL Championships won during the same seasons as the AFL–NFL Super Bowl
Super Bowl
Championships prior to the 1970 AFL–NFL merger

Playoff appearances (27)

NFL: 1958, 1959, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1987, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014

Home fields

Memorial Stadium (1953–1983) RCA Dome
RCA Dome
(1984–2007) Lucas Oil Stadium
Lucas Oil Stadium
(2008–present)

The Indianapolis
Indianapolis
Colts are an American football
American football
team based in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) South division. Since the 2008 season, the Colts have played their games in Lucas Oil Stadium. Previously, the team had played for over two decades (1984–2007) at the RCA Dome. Since 1987, the Colts have been the host team for the NFL Scouting Combine. The Colts have been a member club of the NFL since their founding in Baltimore
Baltimore
in 1953. They were one of three NFL teams to join those of the American Football League
American Football League
(AFL) to form the AFC following the 1970 merger. While in Baltimore, the team advanced to the playoffs 10 times and won three NFL Championship games in 1958, 1959, and 1968. The Colts played in two Super Bowls, while they were based in Baltimore, losing to the New York Jets
New York Jets
in Super Bowl
Super Bowl
III and defeating the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl
Super Bowl
V. The Colts relocated to Indianapolis
Indianapolis
in 1984 and have since appeared in the playoffs 16 times, won two conference championships, and won one Super Bowl, in which they defeated the Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears
in Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XLI.

Contents

1 Franchise history

1.1 1953–1983: the Baltimore
Baltimore
era 1.2 Relocation to Indianapolis 1.3 1984–1997: Initial struggles in Indianapolis 1.4 1998–2011: the Peyton Manning
Peyton Manning
era 1.5 2012–present: the Andrew Luck
Andrew Luck
era

2 Logos and uniforms 3 Lucas Oil Stadium 4 Rivalries

4.1 New England Patriots 4.2 Earliest rivalries 4.3 New York Giants 4.4 New York Jets 4.5 Miami Dolphins

5 Players

5.1 Current roster 5.2 Retired numbers 5.3 Pro Football Hall of Famers

6 Ring of Honor

6.1 First-round draft picks

7 Coaches

7.1 Head coaches 7.2 Current staff

8 Statistics and records

8.1 Season-by-season record 8.2 Records

9 Radio and television coverage

9.1 Radio station affiliates

10 U.S. national anthem protest 11 References 12 External links

Franchise history Main article: History of the Indianapolis
Indianapolis
Colts See also: History of the Baltimore
Baltimore
Colts 1953–1983: the Baltimore
Baltimore
era

Memorial Stadium, home to the Baltimore
Baltimore
Colts until 1983.

Following World War II, a competing professional football league was organized known as the All America Football Conference which began play in the 1946 season. In its second year the franchise assigned to the Miami Seahawks
Miami Seahawks
was relocated to Maryland's major commercial and manufacturing city of Baltimore, which after a fan contest was renamed the Baltimore
Baltimore
Colts and used the team colors of silver and green. These Colts played for the next three seasons in the old AAFC. until it agreed to merge with the old National Football League
National Football League
(of 1920–1922 to 1950), bringing into the merger of the new reorganized NFL of three former AAFC powerhouse teams: the San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns
and the Baltimore
Baltimore
Colts (known by the designation of "AAFC" or "1947–50"). This new Colts team, now in the "big league" of professional American football
American football
for the first time, although with shaky financing and ownership, played only in the 1950 season of the reorganized "third" NFL, and was later disbanded and moved. Two years later, in 1953, a new Baltimore-based group, heavily supported by the City's municipal government and with a large subscription-base of fan-purchased season tickets, led by local owner Carroll Rosenbloom
Carroll Rosenbloom
won the rights to a new Baltimore
Baltimore
NFL franchise.[4][5] Rosenbloom was awarded the remains of the former Dallas Texans team, who themselves had a long and winding history starting as the Boston Yanks
Boston Yanks
in 1944, merging later with the Brooklyn Tigers, and who were previously known as the Dayton Triangles, one of the original old NFL teams established even before the League itself, in 1913. With the organization in 1920 of the original "American Professional Football Conference" [APFC], (soon renamed the "American Professional Football Association", [APF.]), then two years later in 1922, renamed a second time, now permanently as the "National Football League".[5] That team later became the New York Yanks in 1950, and many of the players from the New York Yankees
New York Yankees
of the former competing All-America Football Conference
All-America Football Conference
(1946–49), were added to the team to begin playing in the newly merged League for the 1950 season. The Yanks then moved to Dallas in Texas
Texas
after the 1951 season having competed for two seasons, but played their final two "home" games of the 1952 season as a so-called "road team" at the Rubber Bowl
Rubber Bowl
football stadium in Akron, Ohio. The NFL considers the Texans and Colts to be separate teams, although many of the earlier teams shared the same colors of blue and white. Thus, the Indianapolis
Indianapolis
Colts are legally considered to be a 1953 expansion team.

Pro Football Hall of Fame
Pro Football Hall of Fame
inductee Johnny Unitas
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

The third (and current) version of the Colts football team played their first season in Baltimore
Baltimore
in 1953, where the team compiled a 3–9 record under first year head coach Keith Molesworth. The franchise struggled during the first few years in Baltimore, with the team not achieving their first winning record until the 1957 season.[5] However, under head coach Weeb Ewbank and the leadership of quarterback Johnny Unitas, the Colts went on to a 9–3 record during the 1958 season and reached the NFL Championship Game for the first time in their history by winning the NFL Western Conference.[6][7] The Colts faced the New York Giants
New York Giants
in the 1958 NFL Championship Game
1958 NFL Championship Game
in what is considered to be among the greatest contests in professional football history.[8] The Colts defeated the Giants 23–17 in the first game ever to utilize the overtime rule, a game seen by 45 million people.[9] 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.[5] 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.[10] In Shula's second season the Colts compiled a 12–2 record, but lost to the Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns
in the NFL Championship. However, 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
Super Bowl
III.

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

Leading up to the Super Bowl
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"[11] and were favored by 18 points against their counterparts from the American Football League, the New York Jets.[12] 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[13] as Joe Namath
Joe Namath
and Matt Snell led the Jets to the Super Bowl
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.[5] 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
( 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.[14] The victory gave the Colts their fourth NFL championship and first Super Bowl
Super Bowl
victory. Following the championship, the Colts returned to the playoffs in 1971 and defeated the Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns
in the first round, but lost to the Miami Dolphins in the AFC Championship. 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.[15] 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.[5] 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." Following the 1970s success, the team endured 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).[16] 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 with the first overall pick. Elway, however, refused to play for Baltimore, and using leverage as a draftee of the New York Yankees baseball club, forced a trade to Denver.[17] Behind an improved defense the team finished 7–9 in 1983, but that would be their last season in Baltimore. Relocation to Indianapolis Main article: Baltimore
Baltimore
Colts relocation to Indianapolis

The Indianapolis
Indianapolis
Colts played in the RCA Dome
RCA Dome
from 1984 until 2007.

The Baltimore
Baltimore
Colts played their final home game in Baltimore
Baltimore
on December 18, 1983, against the then Houston Oilers. Irsay continued to request upgrades to Memorial Stadium or construction of a new stadium.[18] As a result of the poor performance on the field and the stadium issues, fan attendance and team revenue continued to dwindle. City officials were precluded from using tax-payer funds for the building of a new stadium, and the modest proposals that were offered by the city were not acceptable to either the Colts or the city's MLB franchise the Orioles. However, all sides continued to negotiate.[18] Relations between Irsay and the city of Baltimore
Baltimore
deteriorated. Although Irsay assured fans that his ultimate desire was to stay in Baltimore, he nevertheless began discussions with several other cities willing to build new football stadiums, eventually narrowing the list of cities to two: Phoenix and Indianapolis.[19] Under the administration of mayors Richard Lugar
Richard Lugar
and then William Hudnut, Indianapolis
Indianapolis
had undertaken an ambitious effort to reinvent itself into a 'Great American City'.[20] The Hoosier Dome, which was later renamed the RCA Dome, had been built specifically for, and was ready to host, an NFL expansion team.[21] Meanwhile, in Baltimore, the situation worsened. The Maryland
Maryland
General Assembly intervened when a bill was introduced to give the city of Baltimore
Baltimore
the right to seize ownership of the team by eminent domain. As a result, Irsay began serious negotiations with Indianapolis
Indianapolis
Mayor William Hudnut
William Hudnut
in order to move the team before the Maryland legislature could pass the law. Indianapolis
Indianapolis
offered loans as well as the Hoosier Dome
Hoosier Dome
and a training complex.[22] After the deal was reached, moving vans from Indianapolis-based Mayflower Transit
Mayflower Transit
were dispatched overnight to the team's Maryland
Maryland
training complex, arriving on the morning of March 29, 1984. Once in Maryland, workers loaded all of the team's belongings, and by midday the trucks departed for Indianapolis, leaving nothing of the Colts organization that could be seized by Baltimore.[23] The Baltimore
Baltimore
Colts' Marching Band had to scramble to retrieve their equipment and uniforms before they were shipped to Indianapolis
Indianapolis
as well.[24] The move triggered a flurry of legal activity that ended when representatives of the city of Baltimore
Baltimore
and the Colts organization reached a settlement in March 1986. Under the agreement, all lawsuits regarding the relocation were dismissed, and the Colts agreed to endorse a new NFL team for Baltimore.[20] 1984–1997: Initial struggles in Indianapolis

Eric Dickerson
Eric Dickerson
led the team in rushing and earned three Pro Bowl invitations during his tenure with the Colts (87'-91').

Upon the Colts' arrival in Indianapolis
Indianapolis
over 143,000 requests for season tickets were received in just two weeks.[25] The move to Indianapolis, however, did not change the recent fortune of the Colts, with the team appearing in the postseason only once in the first eleven seasons in Indianapolis. During the 1984 season, the first in Indianapolis, the team went 4–12 and accounted for the lowest offensive yardage in the league that season.[26] The 1985 and 1986 teams combined for only eight wins, including an 0–13 start in 1986 which prompted the firing of head coach Rod Dowhower, who was replaced by Ron Meyer. The Colts, however, did receive eventual Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson[27] as a result of a trade during the 1987 season, and went on to compile a 9–6 record, thereby winning the AFC East and advancing to the postseason for the first time in Indianapolis; they lost that game to the Cleveland Browns. Following 1987, the Colts did not see any real success for quite some time, with the team missing the postseason for seven consecutive seasons. The struggles came to a climax in 1991 when the team went 1–15 and was just one point away from the first "imperfect" season in the history of a 16-game schedule.[28] The season resulted in the firing of head coach Ron Meyer and the return of former head coach Ted Marchibroda to the organization in 1992; he had coached the team from 1975 to 1979. The team continued to struggle under Marchibroda and Jim Irsay, son of Robert Irsay and general manager at the time. It was in 1994 that Robert Irsay brought in Bill Tobin to become the general manager of the Indianapolis
Indianapolis
Colts.[29] Under Tobin, the Colts drafted running back Marshall Faulk
Marshall Faulk
with the second overall pick in the 1994[30] and acquired quarterback Jim Harbaugh as well.[31] These moves along with others saw the Colts begin to turn their fortunes around with playoff appearances in 1995 and 1996. The Colts won their first postseason game as the Indianapolis
Indianapolis
Colts in 1995 and advanced to the AFC Championship Game against the Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Steelers, coming just a Hail Mary pass reception away from a trip to Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XXX.[32] Marchibroda retired following the 1995 season and was replaced by Lindy Infante
Lindy Infante
in 1996.[33] After two consecutive playoff appearances, the Colts regressed and went 3–13 during the 1997 season. Along with the disappointing season, the principal owner and man who moved the team to Indianapolis, Robert Irsay, died in January 1997 after years of declining health.[34] Jim Irsay, Robert Irsay's son, entered the role of principal owner following his father's death and quickly began to change the organization. Irsay replaced general manager Tobin with Bill Polian
Bill Polian
in 1997 as the team decided to build through their number one overall pick in the 1998 draft.[35] 1998–2011: the Peyton Manning
Peyton Manning
era

Peyton Manning
Peyton Manning
was the starting quarterback for the Colts from 1998 until 2010.

Jim Irsay
Jim Irsay
began to shape the Colts one year after assuming control from his father by firing head coach Lindy Infante
Lindy Infante
and hiring Bill Polian as the general manager of the organization. Polian in turn hired Jim Mora to become the next head coach of the team and drafted Tennessee Volunteer quarterback Peyton Manning, the son of New Orleans Saints legend Archie Manning, with the first overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft.[36] The team and Manning struggled during the 1998 season, winning only three games; Manning threw a league high 28 interceptions.[37] However, Manning did pass for 3,739 yards and threw 26 touchdown passes and was named to the NFL All-Rookie First Team.[37] The Colts began to improve towards the end of the 1998 season and showed continued growth in 1999. Indianapolis
Indianapolis
drafted Edgerrin James
Edgerrin James
in 1999 and continued to improve their roster heading into the upcoming season.[38] The Colts went 13–3 in 1999 and finished first in the AFC East, their first division title since 1987. Indianapolis
Indianapolis
lost to the eventual AFC champion Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans
in the divisional playoffs. The 2000 and 2001 Colts teams were considerably less successful compared to the 1999 team, and pressure began to mount on team administration and the coaching staff following a 6–10 season in 2001. Head coach Jim Mora was fired at the end of the season and was replaced by former Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
head coach Tony Dungy.[39] Dungy and the team quickly changed the atmosphere of the organization and returned to the playoffs in 2002 with a 10–6 record. The Colts also returned to the playoffs in 2003 and 2004 with 12–4 records and AFC South championships. The Colts lost to the New England Patriots and Tom Brady
Tom Brady
in the 2003 AFC Championship Game
AFC Championship Game
and in the 2004 divisional playoffs, thereby beginning a rivalry between the two teams, and between Manning and Brady.[40] Following two consecutive playoff losses to the Patriots, the Colts began the 2005 season with a 13–0 record, including a regular season victory over the Patriots, the first in the Manning era.[41] During the season Manning and Marvin Harrison broke the NFL record for touchdowns by a quarterback and receiver tandem.[42] Indianapolis
Indianapolis
finished the 2005 season with a 14–2 record, the best record in the league that year and the best in a 16 games season for the franchise, but lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the divisional round, a disappointing end to the season.[43] Indianapolis
Indianapolis
entered the 2006 season with a veteran quarterback, receivers, and defenders, and chose running back Joseph Addai
Joseph Addai
in the 2006 draft.[44] As in the previous season, the Colts began the season undefeated and went 9–0 before losing their first game against the Dallas Cowboys. Indianapolis
Indianapolis
finished the season with a 12–4 record and entered the playoffs for the fifth consecutive year, this time as the number three seed in the AFC. The Colts won their first two playoff games against the Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs
and the Baltimore
Baltimore
Ravens to return to the AFC Championship Game
AFC Championship Game
for the first time since the 2003 playoffs, where they faced their rivals, the New England Patriots. In a classic game,[45] the Colts overcame a 21–3 first half deficit to win the game 38–34 and earned a trip to Super Bowl XLI, the franchise's first Super Bowl
Super Bowl
appearance since 1970 and for the first as Indianapolis. The Colts faced the Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears
in the Super Bowl, winning the game 29–17 and giving Manning, Polian, Irsay, and Dungy, as well as the city of Indianapolis, their first Super Bowl
Super Bowl
title.[46][47]

The 2006 Indianapolis
Indianapolis
Colts honored at the White House
White House
for their Super Bowl victory.

Following their Super Bowl
Super Bowl
championship, the Colts compiled a 13–3 record during the 2007 season; they lost to the San Diego Chargers
San Diego Chargers
in the divisional playoffs, in what was the final game the Colts played at the RCA Dome
RCA Dome
before moving into Lucas Oil Stadium
Lucas Oil Stadium
in 2008.[48] The 2008 season began with Manning being sidelined for most of the pre-season due to surgery.[49] Indianapolis
Indianapolis
began the season with a 3–4 record, but then won nine consecutive games to end the season at 12–4 and make in into the playoffs as a wild card team, eventually losing to the Chargers in the wild card round. Following the season, Tony Dungy
Tony Dungy
announced his retirement after seven seasons as head coach, having compiled an overall record of 92–33 with the team.[50] Jim Caldwell was hired as head coach of the team following Dungy, and led the team during the 2009 season.[50] The Colts went 14–0 during the season to finish with an overall record of 14–2 after controversially benching their starters during the last two games.[51][52] The Colts for the second time in the Manning era entered the playoffs with the best record in the AFC. The Colts managed victories over the Baltimore
Baltimore
Ravens and New York Jets
New York Jets
to advance to Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XLIV against the New Orleans Saints,[53] but lost to the Saints 31–17 to end the season in disappointment.[54][55] At the completion of the 2009 season, the Colts had finished the first decade of the 2000s (2000–2009) with the most regular season wins (115) and highest winning percentage (.719) of any team in the NFL during that span.[56] The 2010 team compiled a 10–6 record, the first time the Colts did not win 12 games since 2002, and lost to the New York Jets
New York Jets
in the wild card round of the playoffs.[57] The loss to the Jets was the last game for Peyton Manning
Peyton Manning
as a Colt. After missing the preseason, Manning was ruled out for the Colts' opening game in Houston and eventually the entire 2011 season.[58] Taking over as starter was veteran quarterback Kerry Collins, who had been signed to the team after dissatisfaction with backup quarterback Curtis Painter
Curtis Painter
and Dan Orlovsky.[59] However, even with a veteran quarterback, the Colts lost their first 13 games and finished the season with a 2–14 record, enough to receive the first overall pick in the 2012 draft. Immediately following the season, team president Bill Polian
Bill Polian
was fired, ending his 14-year tenure with the team. The change built the anticipation of the organization's decision regarding Manning's future with the team. The Peyton Manning
Peyton Manning
era came to an end on March 8, 2012 when Jim Irsay
Jim Irsay
announced that Manning was being released from the roster after 13 seasons.[60] 2012–present: the Andrew Luck
Andrew Luck
era

Luck during his first playoff game against the Baltimore
Baltimore
Ravens

During the 2012 off-season owner Jim Irsay
Jim Irsay
hired Ryan Grigson[61] to be the General Manager. Grigson decided to let Head Coach Jim Caldwell go and Chuck Pagano
Chuck Pagano
was hired as the new Head Coach shortly thereafter.[62] The Colts also began to release some higher paid and oft-injured veteran players, including Joseph Addai, Dallas Clark, and Gary Brackett.[63] The Colts used their number one overall draft pick in 2012 to draft Stanford Cardinal quarterback Andrew Luck
Andrew Luck
and also drafted his teammate Coby Fleener
Coby Fleener
in the second round.[64][65] The team also switched to a 3–4 defensive scheme. With productive seasons from both Luck and veteran receiver Reggie Wayne, the Colts rebounded from the 2–14 season of 2011 with a 2012 season record of 11–5. The franchise, team, and fan base rallied behind Head Coach Chuck Pagano
Chuck Pagano
during his fight with leukemia. Clinching an unexpected playoff spot in the 2012–13 NFL playoffs, the 14th playoff berth for the club since 1995. The season ended in a 24–9 playoff loss to the eventual Super Bowl
Super Bowl
Champion Baltimore Ravens. Two weeks into the 2013 season, the Colts traded their first round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft
2014 NFL Draft
to the Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns
for running back Trent Richardson. In Week 7, Luck led the Colts to a 39–33 win over his predecessor, Peyton Manning, and the undefeated Broncos. Luck went on to lead the Colts to a 15th division championship later that season. In the first round of the 2013 NFL playoffs, Andrew Luck
Andrew Luck
led the Colts to a 45–44 victory over Kansas City, outscoring the Chiefs 35–13 in the second half in the 2nd biggest comeback in NFL playoff history. During the 2014 season, Luck led the Colts to the AFC Championship game for the first time in his career after breaking the Colts' single season passing yardage record previously held by Manning.[66] After finishing 8-8 in both the 2015 and 2016 seasons and missing the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1997-98, Grigson was fired as general manager. Just three of his previous 18 draft picks remained on the team at the time of his firing.[67] On January 30, 2017 the team hired Chris Ballard, who served as the Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs
Director of Football Operations, to replace Grigson.[68] On December 31, 2017, after winning the final game of the season and a final record of 4-12, the Colts parted ways with Pagano. In the weeks following, after two interviews, it was widely reported that the Colts would hire Josh McDaniels, offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots, to replace him, after McDaniels fulfilled his obligations to the Patriots in Super Bowl
Super Bowl
LII.[69] On February 8, 2018, the Colts announced McDaniels as their new head coach.[70] Hours later, however, McDaniels rescinded his decision to be the head coach, and he returned to the Patriots.[71][72] On February 11, 2018, the Colts announced Frank Reich, then offensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles, as their new head coach.[73][74][75] Logos and uniforms The Colts' helmets in 1953 were white with a blue stripe. In 1954–55 they were blue with a white stripe and a pair of horseshoes at the rear of the helmet. For 1956, the colors were reversed. white helmet, blue stripe and horseshoes at the rear. In 1957 the horseshoes moved to their current location, one on each side of the helmet. The blue jerseys have white shoulder stripes and the white jerseys have blue stripes. The team also wears white pants with blue stripes down the sides. From 1982 through 1986, the Colts wore gray pants with their blue jerseys. The gray pants featured a horseshoe on the top of the sides with the player's number inside the horseshoe. The Colts continued to wear white pants with their white jerseys throughout this period, and in 1987, the gray pants were retired. The Colts wore blue pants with their white jerseys for the first three games of the 1995 season, but then returned to white pants with both the blue and white jerseys. The team made some minor uniform adjustments before the start of the 2004 season, including reverting from blue to the traditional gray face masks, darkening their blue colors from a royal blue to speed blue, as well as adding two white stripes to the socks. In 2006, the stripes were removed from the socks. In 2002, the Colts made a minor striping pattern change on their jerseys, having the stripes only on top of the shoulders then stop completely. Previously, the stripes used to go around to underneath the jersey sleeves. This was done because the Colts, like many other football teams, were beginning to manufacture the jerseys to be tighter to reduce holding calls and reduce the size of the sleeves. Although the white jerseys of the Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings
at the time also had a similar striping pattern and continued as such (as well as the throwbacks the New England Patriots
New England Patriots
wore in the Thanksgiving game against the Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions
in 2002, though the Patriots later wore the same throwbacks in 2009 with truncated stripes and in 2010 became their official alternate uniform), the Colts and most college teams with this striping pattern did not make this adjustment. Lucas Oil Stadium Main article: Lucas Oil Stadium

Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Indianapolis
Indianapolis
Colts.

After 24 years of playing at the RCA Dome, the Colts moved to their new home Lucas Oil Stadium
Lucas Oil Stadium
in the fall of 2008. In December 2004, the City of Indianapolis
Indianapolis
and Jim Irsay
Jim Irsay
agreed to a new stadium deal at an estimated cost of $1 billion (including the Indiana
Indiana
Convention Center upgrades). In a deal estimated at $122 million, Lucas Oil Products won the naming rights to the stadium for 20 years. Lucas Oil Stadium
Lucas Oil Stadium
is a seven-level stadium which seats 63,000 for football. It can be reconfigured to seat 70,000 or more for NCAA basketball and football and concerts. It covers 1,800,000 square feet (170,000 m2). The stadium features a retractable roof allowing the Colts to play home games outdoors for the first time since arriving in Indianapolis. Using FieldTurf, the playing surface is roughly 25 ft (7.6 m) below ground level. In addition to being larger than the RCA Dome, the new stadium features: 58 permanent concession stands, 90 portable concession stands, 13 escalators, 11 passenger elevators, 800 restrooms, high definition video displays from Daktronics
Daktronics
and replay monitors and 142 luxury suites. The stadium also features a retractable roof, with electrification technology developed by VAHLE, Inc.[76] Other than being the home of the Colts, the stadium will host games in both the Men's and Women's NCAA Basketball
Basketball
Tournaments and will serve as the back up host for all NCAA Final Four Tournaments. The stadium hosted the Super Bowl
Super Bowl
for the 2011 season ( Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XLVI) and has a potential economic impact estimated at $286 million. Lucas Oil Stadium
Lucas Oil Stadium
will also host the Drum Corps International World Championships from 2009 until 2018. Rivalries New England Patriots Main article: Colts–Patriots rivalry The rivalry between the Indianapolis
Indianapolis
Colts and New England Patriots
New England Patriots
is one of the NFL's newest rivalries. The rivalry is fueled by the quarterback comparison between Peyton Manning
Peyton Manning
and Tom Brady. The Patriots owned the beginning of the series, defeating the Colts in six consecutive contests including the 2003 AFC Championship game and a 2004 AFC Divisional game. The Colts won the next three matches, notching two regular season victories and a win in the 2006 AFC Championship game on the way to their win in Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XLI. On November 4, 2007 the Patriots defeated the Colts 24–20; in the next matchup on November 2, 2008, the Colts won 18–15 in a game that was one of the reasons the Patriots failed to make the playoffs; in the 2009 meeting, the Colts staged a spirited comeback to beat the Patriots 35–34; in 2010 the Colts almost staged another comeback, pulling within 31–28 after trailing 31–14 in the fourth quarter, but fell short due to a Patriots interception of a Manning pass late in the game; it turned out to be Manning's final meeting against the Patriots as a member of the Colts. After a dismal 2011 season that included a 31–24 loss to the Patriots, the Colts drafted Andrew Luck and in November of 2012 the two teams met with identical 6–3 records; the Patriots erased a 14–7 gap to win 59–24. The nature of this rivalry is ironic because the Colts and Patriots were division rivals from 1970 to 2001, but it did not become prominent in league circles until after Indianapolis
Indianapolis
was relocated to the AFC South. On November 16, 2014, the New England Patriots
New England Patriots
traveled at 7–2 to play the 6–3 Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. After a stellar four touchdown performance by New England running back Jonas Gray, the Patriots defeated the Colts 42–20. The Patriots followed up with a 45–7 defeat of the Colts in the 2014 AFC Championship Game. Earliest rivalries In the years 1953–66, the Colts played in the NFL Western Conference (also known as division), but did not have significant rivalries with other franchises in that alignment, as they were the eastern-most team and the rest of the division included the Great Lakes
Great Lakes
franchises Green Bay, Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears, and after 1961, the Minnesota Vikings, along with the league's two West Coast teams in San Francisco and Los Angeles. The closest team to Baltimore
Baltimore
was the Washington Redskins, but they were not in the same division and not very competitive during most years at that time. New York Giants In 1958, Baltimore
Baltimore
played its first NFL Championship Game against the 10–3 New York Giants. The Giants qualified for the championship after a tie-breaking playoff against the Cleveland Browns. Having already been defeated by the Giants in the regular season, Baltimore was not favored to win, yet proceeded to take the title in sudden death overtime. The Colts then repeated the feat by posting an identical record and routing the Giants in the 1959 final. Up until the Colts' back-to-back titles, the Giants had been the premier club in the NFL, and continued to be post-season stalwarts the next decade, losing three straight finals. The situation was reversed by the end of the decade, with Baltimore
Baltimore
winning the 1968 NFL title and New York compiling less impressive results. In recent years, the Colts and Giants featured brothers as their starting quarterbacks (Peyton and Eli Manning
Eli Manning
respectively), leading to their occasional match-up being referred to as the "Manning Bowl". New York Jets Super Bowl
Super Bowl
III became the most famous upset in professional sports history as the American Football League's New York Jets
New York Jets
won 16–7 over the overwhelmingly favored Colts. With the merger of the AFL and NFL the Colts and Jets were placed in the new AFC East. The two teams met twice a year (interrupted in 1982 by a player strike) 1970–2001; with the move of the Colts to the AFC South the two teams' rivalry actually escalated, as they met three times in the playoffs in the South's first nine seasons of existence; the Jets crushed the Colts 41–0 in the 2002 Wild Card playoff round; the Colts then defeated the Jets 30–17 in the 2009 AFC Championship Game; but the next year in the Wild Card round the Jets pulled off another playoff upset of the Colts, winning 17–16; it was Peyton Manning's final game with the Colts. The Jets defeated the Colts 35–9 in 2012 in Andrew Luck's debut season; after two straight losses Luck led a 45–10 rout of the Jets in 2016. Joe Namath
Joe Namath
and Johnny Unitas
Johnny Unitas
were the focal point of the rivalry at its beginning, but they did not meet for a full game until September 24, 1972. Namath erupted with six touchdowns and 496 passing yards despite only 28 throws and 15 completions. Unitas threw for 376 yards and two scores but was sacked six times as the Jets won 44–34; the game was considered one of the top ten passing duels in NFL history.[77] Miami Dolphins Baltimore's post NFL-AFL merger
NFL-AFL merger
passage to the AFC saw them thrust into a new environment with little in common with its fellow divisional teams: the Jets, Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills, and Boston Patriots. One angle where the two clubs did have something in common, however, lay in new Miami coach Don Shula. Shula had coached the Colts the previous seven pre-merger seasons (1963–9) and was signed by Joe Robbie after the merger was consummated; because the signing came after the merger the NFL's rules on tampering came into play, and the Dolphins had to give up their first-round pick to the Colts. Powered by QB Earl Morrall
Earl Morrall
Baltimore
Baltimore
was the first non-AFL franchise to win a division title in the conference, outlasting the Miami Dolphins by one game, and leading the division since Week 3 of 1970. The two franchises were denied a playoff confrontation by Miami's first-round defeat to the Oakland Raiders, whereas Baltimore
Baltimore
won its first Super Bowl
Super Bowl
title that year. Yet in 1971, the teams were engaged in a heated race that went down to the final week of the season, where Miami won its first division title with a 10–3–1 title compared to the 10–4 Baltimore
Baltimore
record after the Colts won the Week 13 matchup between them at home, but proceeded to lose the last game of the season to Boston. In the playoffs Baltimore
Baltimore
advanced to the AFC title game after a 20–3 rout of the Cleveland Browns, whereas Miami survived a double-overtime nailbiter against the Kansas City Chiefs. This set up a title game that was favored for the defending league champion Colts. Yet Miami won the AFC championship with a 21–0 shutout and advanced to lose Super Bowl
Super Bowl
VI to Dallas. In 1975 Baltimore
Baltimore
and Miami tied with 10–4 records, yet the Colts advanced to the playoffs based on a head-to-head sweep of their series. In 1977 Baltimore
Baltimore
tied for first for the third straight year (in 1976 they tied with the now-New England Patriots) with Miami, and this time advanced to the playoffs on even slimmer pretenses, with a conference record of 9–3 compared to Miami's 8–4, as they had split the season series. The rivalry in the following years was virtually negated by very poor play of the Colts; the Colts won just 117 games in the twenty-one seasons (1978–98) that bracketed their 1977 playoff loss to the Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders
and the 1999 trade of star running back Marshall Faulk; this included a 0–8–1 record during the NFL's strike shortened 1982 season. In 1995, now as Indianapolis, the two both posted borderline 9–7 records to tie for second against Buffalo, yet the Colts once again reached the post-season having swept the season series. The following season they edged out Miami by posting a 9–7 record and winning the ordinarily meaningless 3rd-place position, but qualifying for the wild card. The two clubs' 1999 meetings were dramatic affairs between Hall Of Fame-bound Dan Marino
Dan Marino
and up-and-coming star Peyton Manning. Marino led a 25-point fourth quarter comeback for a 34–31 Dolphins win at the RCA Dome, and then in Miami Marino led another comeback to tie the game 34–34 with 36 seconds remaining; Manning, however, drove the Colts in range for a 53-yard field goal as time expired (37–34 Colts win). The last truly meaningful matchup between the two franchises was in the 2000 season, when Miami edged out Indianapolis
Indianapolis
with an 11–5 record for the division championship. The two then met in the wild-card round where the Dolphins won 23–17 before being blown out by Oakland 27–0 (the Colts themselves had suffered a bitter loss to the Raiders in Week 2 of the season when the Raiders erased a 24–7 gap to win 38–31). In 2002 the Colts moved to the newly created AFC South division; the two clubs met at the RCA Dome
RCA Dome
on September 15 where the Dolphins edged the Colts 21–13 after stopping a late Colts drive. The rivalry was effectively retired after this; the two clubs did meet in a memorable Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
matchup in 2009 where the Colts, despite having the ball for only 15 minutes, defeated the Dolphins 27–23. The rivalry saw a rekindling after the 2012 NFL Draft
2012 NFL Draft
brought new quarterbacks to both teams in Ryan Tannehill
Ryan Tannehill
and Luck. The two met during the 2012 season with Luck breaking the rookie record for passing yards in a game in a 23–20 win over the Dolphins, but Tannehill and the Dolphins beat the Colts 24–20 the next season. The Dolphins win began a slump for Luck and the Colts against AFC East teams (eight straight losses by the Colts) that ended in December 2016 against the Jets, when they defeated them by a score of 41-10. Players Current roster

Indianapolis
Indianapolis
Colts roster

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Quarterbacks

 7 Jacoby Brissett  9 Brad Kaaya 12 Andrew Luck  5 Phillip Walker

Running backs

39 Josh Ferguson 34 Matt Jones 25 Marlon Mack 38 Christine Michael 33 Robert Turbin 37 George Winn

Wide receivers

10 Rodney Adams 83 Dres Anderson 15 K. J. Brent 11 Ryan Grant 13 T. Y. Hilton 81 Krishawn Hogan 16 Seantavius Jones  8 Justice Liggins 14 Kolby Listenbee 80 Chester Rogers  6 DeAndre Smelter 17 James Wright

Tight ends

48 Mo Alie-Cox 47 Darrell Daniels 84 Jack Doyle 85 Eric Ebron 86 Erik Swoope 43 Ross Travis 45 Jason Vander Laan

Offensive linemen

69 Deyshawn Bond G 65 Tyreek Burwell
Tyreek Burwell
T 74 Anthony Castonzo
Anthony Castonzo
T 62 Le'Raven Clark T 61 Anthony Fabiano C 64 Mark Glowinski G 71 Denzelle Good
Denzelle Good
T 73 Joe Haeg
Joe Haeg
T 78 Ryan Kelly C 75 Jack Mewhort
Jack Mewhort
G 68 Matt Slauson
Matt Slauson
G 67 Jeremy Vujnovich G 63 Isaiah Williams G

Defensive linemen

96 Henry Anderson DT 95 Denico Autry
Denico Autry
DE 58 Tarell Basham DE 56 Johnathan Calvin DE 92 Margus Hunt
Margus Hunt
DE 97 Anthony Johnson DT 94 Joey Mbu
Joey Mbu
DT 54 Caraun Reid
Caraun Reid
DT 91 Hassan Ridgeway
Hassan Ridgeway
DT 93 Jabaal Sheard
Jabaal Sheard
DE 90 Grover Stewart DT 99 Al Woods DT

Linebackers

52 Tyrell Adams
Tyrell Adams
OLB 59 Jeremiah George
Jeremiah George
OLB -- Najee Goode
Najee Goode
OLB 56 Jermaine Grace MLB 55 Arthur Miley OLB 44 Antonio Morrison MLB 49 Joshua Perry
Joshua Perry
OLB 57 Darnell Sankey MLB 51 John Simon OLB 50 Anthony Walker Jr. MLB

Defensive backs

35 Pierre Desir CB 41 Matthias Farley
Matthias Farley
SS 26 Clayton Geathers
Clayton Geathers
FS 32 T. J. Green SS 27 Nate Hairston
Nate Hairston
CB 29 Malik Hooker
Malik Hooker
FS 40 Ronald Martin SS 28 Christopher Milton CB 23 Kenny Moore CB 37 D. J. White CB 31 Quincy Wilson CB

Special
Special
teams

46 Luke Rhodes LS  2 Rigoberto Sanchez P  4 Adam Vinatieri
Adam Vinatieri
K

Reserve lists

Currently vacant

Rookies in italics Roster updated April 4, 2018 Depth chart • Transactions 78 Active, Inactive → AFC rosters → NFC rosters

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NFC East DAL NYG PHI WAS North CHI DET GB MIN South ATL CAR NO TB West ARI LAR SF SEA

Retired numbers

Indianapolis
Indianapolis
Colts retired numbers

No. Player Position Years played

18[78] Peyton Manning QB 1998–2011

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

Baltimore/ Indianapolis
Indianapolis
Colts Hall of Famers

Players

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

82 Raymond Berry WR 1955–1967 1973 96 Richard Dent DE 1996 2011

29 Eric Dickerson RB 1987–1991 1999 70 Art Donovan DT 1953–1961 1968

28 Marshall Faulk RB 1994–98 2011 88 Marvin Harrison WR 1996–2008 2016

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)

Bill Polian President/GM 1998–2011 2015

Tony Dungy Coach 2002–2008 2016

Ring of Honor Main article: Indianapolis
Indianapolis
Colts Ring of Honor The Ring of Honor was established on September 23, 1996. There have been 13 inductees.

Indianapolis
Indianapolis
Colts Ring of Honor

N° Name Position Years With Club Inducted

— Robert Irsay Owner 1972–1997 1996 [79]

80 Bill Brooks WR 1986–1992 1998 [80]

— Ted Marchibroda Head Coach 1975–1979 1992–1995 2000 [81]

75 Chris Hinton OT, OG 1983–1989 2001 [82]

4 Jim Harbaugh QB 1994–1997 2005 [83]

— 12th Man Fans — 2007

— Tony Dungy Head Coach 2002–2008 2010

88 Marvin Harrison WR 1996–2008 2011

32 Edgerrin James RB 1999–2005 2012 [84]

29 Eric Dickerson RB 1987–1991 2013 [85]

28 Marshall Faulk RB 1994–1998

63 Jeff Saturday C 1999–2011 2015[86]

— Bill Polian President/GM 1998–2011 2017 [87][88]

18 Peyton Manning QB 1998–2011

First-round draft picks Main article: List of Indianapolis
Indianapolis
Colts first-round draft picks

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Baltimore
Baltimore
/ Indianapolis
Indianapolis
Colts first-round draft picks

Vessels Davidson Shaw Ameche Moore Parker Lyles Burkett Mix Matte Harris Vogel Woodson Curtis Ball Smith Detwiler Williams Hinton Bulaich McCauley Dunlap Drougas Jones Ehrmann Dutton Carr Huff Novak Burke McCall Krauss Dickey Hatchett McMillan Thompson Cooks Schlichter Elway Coleman Solt Bickett Hand Bennett Rison George Emtman Coryatt Dawkins Faulk Alberts Ellis Johnson Harrison Glenn Manning James Morris Wayne Freeney Clark Jackson Addai Gonzalez Brown Hughes Castonzo Luck Werner Dorsett Kelly Hooker

Coaches Head coaches Main article: List of Indianapolis
Indianapolis
Colts head coaches Current staff

Indianapolis
Indianapolis
Colts staff

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Front Office

Owner – Jim Irsay General Manager – Chris Ballard Vice President of Player Personnel – Rex Hogan Vice President of Player Personnel – Ed Dodds Senior Player Personnel Scout – Todd Vasvari Director of Football Administration – Mike Bluem Director of Pro Personnel – Kevin Rogers Jr. Director of College Scouting – Morocco Brown Assistant Director of College Scouting – Matt Tarpening Player Personnel Strategist – Brian Decker

Head Coach

Head Coach – Frank Reich

Offensive Coaches

Offensive Coordinator – Nick Sirianni Running Backs – Tom Rathman Wide Receivers – Kevin Patullo Tight Ends – Tom Manning Offensive Line - Dave DeGuglielmo Assistant Quarterbacks - Marcus Brady Assistant Offensive Line - Bobby Johnson Offensive Quality Control - Gunnard Twyner

 

Defensive Coaches

Defensive Coordinator – Matt Eberflus Defensive Line – Mike Phair Linebackers – Dave Borgonzi Cornerbacks – Jonathan Gannon Safeties - Alan Williams Defensive Quality Control - David Overstreet II

Special
Special
Teams Coaches

Special
Special
Teams Coordinator – Raymond Ventrone Assistant Special
Special
Teams – Frank Ross

Strength and Conditioning

Director of Sports Performance – Rusty Jones Sports Science & Conditioning – Ryan Podell Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Richard Howell

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NFC East DAL NYG PHI WAS North CHI DET GB MIN South ATL CAR NO TB West ARI LAR SF SEA

Statistics and records Season-by-season record This is a partial list of the Colts' last five completed seasons. For the full season-by-season franchise results, see List of Indianapolis Colts seasons. Note: The Finish, Wins, Losses, and Ties columns list regular season results and exclude any postseason play.

Super Bowl
Super Bowl
champions (1970–present) Conference champions Division champions Wild Card berth

As of December 31, 2017

Season Team League Conference Division Regular season Postseason results Awards

Finish Wins Losses Ties

2013 2013 NFL AFC South 1st 11 5 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Chiefs) 45–44 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Patriots) 43–22 —

2014 2014 NFL AFC South 1st 11 5 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Bengals) 26–10 Won Divisional Playoffs (Broncos) 24–13 Lost Conference Championship (Patriots) 45–7 —

2015 2015 NFL AFC South 2nd 8 8 0 — —

2016 2016 NFL AFC South 3rd 8 8 0 — —

2017 2017 NFL AFC South 3rd 5 11 0 — —

Records

All-time Colts leaders

Leader Player Record Years with Colts

Passing Peyton Manning 54,828 passing yards 1998–2011

Rushing Edgerrin James 9,226 rushing yards 1999–2005

Receiving Marvin Harrison 14,580 receiving yards 1996–2008

Coaching wins Tony Dungy 85 wins 2002–2008

Sacks Robert Mathis 118 sacks 2003–2016

Interceptions Bobby Boyd 57 interceptions 1960–1968

Radio and television coverage The Colts' flagship radio station since relocating from Baltimore
Baltimore
in 1984 to 1998 and again starting in the 2007 season is WIBC 1070 AM (later renamed WFNI
WFNI
as of December 26, 2007); under the new contract, games are also simulcast on WLHK
WLHK
at 97.1 FM. From 1998 through 2006, the Colts' flagship radio station was WFBQ at 94.7 FM (with additional programming on station WNDE
WNDE
at 1260 AM). Bob Lamey is the team's play-by-play announcer, holding that title from 1984 to 1991 and again since 1995. Former Colts offensive lineman, Will Wolford serves as the "color commentator". Ted Marchibroda, who had been the head coach of the Colts in both Baltimore
Baltimore
and Indianapolis
Indianapolis
and who served as color commentator from 1999 to 2006, is now an analyst on the Colts pre-game show. Mike Jansen serves as the public address announcer at all Colts home games. Jansen has been the public address announcer since the 1998 season. Until 2011, WTTV
WTTV
(channel 4/29) carried the team's preseason games, when WNDY-TV
WNDY-TV
(channel 23) began to carry them as part of an agreement with sister station WISH-TV
WISH-TV
(channel 8) to become the team's official station; WISH had carried most of the team's games through the NFL on CBS
CBS
since the 1998 season. Indiana
Indiana
University's "Hoosiers" announcer Don Fischer provides play-by-play. Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
broadcasts are usually carried by ABC affiliate WRTV
WRTV
(channel 6). The team's carriage rights were shaken up in mid-2014 when WTTV's owner Tribune Media
Tribune Media
came to terms with CBS
CBS
to become the network's Indianapolis
Indianapolis
affiliate as of January 1, 2015, leaving WISH with the market's affiliation with The CW. With the deal, both Tribune Media stations, including WXIN
WXIN
(channel 59) will carry the bulk of the team's regular season games starting with the 2015 NFL season
2015 NFL season
(WXIN will carry a minimum of two home games against NFC opponents under the NFL on Fox deal, along with flex-scheduled Sunday games no matter the division matchup), with the team's Wild Card playoff game against the Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals
on January 4, 2015 on WTTV
WTTV
rather than new CW affiliate WISH. Also as of the 2015 season, WTTV
WTTV
and WXIN
WXIN
became the official Colts stations and air the team's preseason games, along with official team programming and coach's shows, and have a signage presence along the fascia of Lucas Oil Stadium.[89] Radio station affiliates

Map of radio affiliates

Indianapolis
Indianapolis
Colts Radio Affiliates

City Call Sign Frenquency

Lafayette, Indiana WASK-FM 98.7 FM

Santa Claus, Indiana WAXL-FM 103.3 FM

Bedford, Indiana WBIW-AM 1340 AM

Bardstown, Kentucky WBRT-AM 1320 AM

Effingham, Illinois WCRA-AM 1090 AM

Danville, Illinois WDAN-AM 1490 AM

Decatur, Illinois WDZQ-FM 95.1 FM

Michigan City, Indiana WEFM-FM 95.9 FM

Indianapolis, Indiana WFNI-AM 1070 AM

WLHK-FM 97.1 FM

Evansville, Indiana WGBF-AM 1280 AM

Henderson, Kentucky WGBF-FM 103.1 FM

Bloomington, Indiana WGCL-AM 1370 AM

Oxford, Indiana WIBN-FM 98.1 FM

Rushville, Indiana WIFE-FM 94.3 FM

Crawfordsville, Indiana WIMC-FM 103.9 FM

North Vernon, Indiana WJCP-AM 1460 AM

Wabash, Indiana WJOT-FM 105.9 FM

Richmond, Indiana WKBV-AM 1490 AM

Warsaw, Indiana WAOR 102.7 FM

Angola, Indiana WLKI-FM 100.3 FM

Eminence, Kentucky WKYI 1600 AM

Alexandria, Indiana WMXQ-FM 96.7 FM

Marion, Indiana WMRI-AM 860 AM

Monticello, Indiana WMRS-FM 107.7 FM

Louisville, Kentucky WLRS 1570 AM

Sullivan, Indiana WNDI-FM 95.3 FM

Madison, Indiana WORX-FM 96.7 FM

Fort Wayne, Indiana WOWO-AM 1190 AM

WFWI 92.3 FM

Portland, Indiana WPGW-AM 1440 AM

WZBD-FM 92.7 FM

Greencastle, Indiana WREB-FM 94.3 FM

Rochester, Indiana WROI-FM 92.1 FM

Warsaw, Indiana WRSW-AM 1480 AM

Columbus, Indiana WRZQ-FM 107.3 FM

Loogootee, Indiana WRZR-FM 94.5 FM

South Bend, Indiana WYET 102.3 FM

Goshen, Indiana WYXX 97.7 FM

Plymouth, Indiana WTCA-AM 1050 AM

Tell City, Indiana WTCJ 1230 AM

Owensboro, Kentucky WVJS-AM 1420 AM

Olney, Illinois WVLN-AM 740 AM

Washington, Indiana WWBL-FM 106.5 FM

Terre Haute, Indiana WZJK 105.5 FM

Muncie, Indiana WXFN-AM 1340 AM

Mount Vernon, Indiana WYFX-FM 106.7 FM

Mount Carmel, Illinois WYNG 94.9 FM

Vincennes, Indiana WZDM-FM 92.1 FM

U.S. national anthem protest Main article: U.S. national anthem protests (2016–present) Before the third regular season game of 2017, against the Cleveland Browns, more than ten Indianapolis
Indianapolis
Colts players kneeled on one knee as opposed to the tradition of standing during the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner", while thousands of fans booed and others posted responses to social media.[90][91][92][93][94] The following day, then Colts head coach Chuck Pagano
Chuck Pagano
commented, “I’m proud of our players and their commitment and their compassion toward the game and the [horse] shoe and each community. We are a unified group,” [95] and former head coach, Tony Dungy
Tony Dungy
was quoted saying "A group of our family got attacked, and called names ... and said they should be fired for what we feel is demonstrating our first amendment right".[96] Before the fourth regular season game of 2017, against the Seattle Seahawks, the Colts stood during "The Star-Spangled Banner", however the entire team, including quarterback Andrew Luck
Andrew Luck
locked arms in protest, instead of the customary holding of the right hand over the heart.[97][98][99] Ratings for this NBC Sunday Night Football
NBC Sunday Night Football
game was down five percent from the prior week's game in the same time slot.[100] Before the fifth regular season game of 2017, against the San Francisco 49ers, the entire Colts team as in the Week 4 game, stood during "The Star-Spangled Banner", however with locking of arms, instead of the customary holding of the right hand over the heart.[101][98] In addition to the Colts response, more than 20 members of the opposing team, the San Francisco 49ers, kneeled for "The Star-Spangled Banner". In attendance within the stadium, was then Vice President of the United States
Vice President of the United States
and former Governor of Indiana, Mike Pence
Mike Pence
who responded to these protests by leaving the stadium.[102] This was a heavily attended home game for the halftime retirement of the #18 jersey of former quarterback and 3 time Super Bowl winner, Peyton Manning.[103] During warmups prior to the sixth regular game of the 2017 season, a Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
game between the Colts and the Tennessee Titans, the Colts wore black T-shirts with the words “We will” on the front and “Stand for equality, justice, unity, respect, dialogue, opportunity” on the back for the third straight week.[104] The Colts plays stood with their arms locked during the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" instead of the customary holding of the right hand over the heart.[104][98] References

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