Leaving for BaltimoreIn 1953, a Baltimore based group led by Carroll Rosenbloom won the rights to a new Baltimore National Football League franchise. Rosenbloom was awarded the remains of the Dallas Texans. The Colts were the first NFL team to have cheerleaders and a marching band. The Colts were named after Baltimore’s annual Preakness Stakes which is why many fans are bitter ...
National Football League Championship Winner 1958The 1958 National Football League Championship Game was the 26th NFL championship game, played on December 28 at Yankee Stadium in New York City. It was the first NFL playoff game to go into sudden-death overtime. The final score was Baltimore Colts 23, New York Giants 17, and the game has since become widely known as “The Greatest Game Ever ...
National Football League Championship Winner 1959The 1959 National Football League Championship Game was the 27th NFL championship game, played on December 27 at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. It was a rematch of the 1958 championship game that went into overtime. The defending champion Baltimore Colts (9–3) again won the Western Conference, while the New York Giants (10–2) repeated as Eastern Conference champions. The Colts ...
National Football League Championship Winner 1968The 1968 National Football League championship game was the 36th annual championship game. The winner of the game represented the NFL in the third AFL-NFL World Championship Game also called the Super Bowl. The NFL title game was held on December 29 at Cleveland Municipal Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio.
Super Bowl V Winner 1970Super Bowl V, the fifth edition of the Super Bowl and first modern-era National Football League (NFL) championship game, was an American football game between the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Baltimore Colts and the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Dallas Cowboys to decide the NFL champion for the 1970 season. The Colts defeated the Cowboys by the score of ...
Owners Trading TeamsRosenbloom traded the Colts franchise to Robert Irsay on July 13, 1972, and received the Los Angeles Rams in return. 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 was traded to the San Diego Chargers. Irsay assumed ownership of the ...
Relocate to IndianapolisThe 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. Behind an improved defense the team finished 7–9 in 1983, but ...
History of the Colts
The Baltimore Colts were one of the most successful teams in NFL history. They won two Super Bowls, three conference championships, and seven division titles during their 35-year existence. The team was founded in 1953 as an All-America Football Conference (AAFC) charter member. After four seasons in the AAFC, they joined the National Football League (NFL) as part of an expansion plan to increase competition between teams.
Under legendary coach Weeb Ewbank and quarterback Johnny Unitas, widely regarded as one of football’s greatest players, Baltimore enjoyed tremendous success with wins over some legendary opponents such as Joe Namath's New York Jets and Don Meredith's Dallas Cowboys. In 1968 they won Super Bowl III against Namath’s Jets on a last-minute drive engineered by Unitas, which has since become known simply as “The Drive." This win marked a massive victory for Baltimore and legitimized professional football after years dominated by college programs like Notre Dame or Ohio State University at that period.
In 1970 under new head coach Don McCafferty, the Colts went 13–1 before winning their second Super Bowl title against Dallas Cowboys 16–13. This game was famous for being called "the bluest blue" due to its close scoreline despite being played outdoors on frozen turf at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, Louisiana. It would be another eight years before any other team repeated this feat when Pittsburgh Steelers defeated Los Angeles Rams 31–19in the 1978 season finale dubbed "Superbowl XIII."
Unfortunately, after the 1975 season, the Baltimore franchise fell into decline due mainly to financial issues caused by owner Robert Irsay moving them out from the city without informing the local community beforehand, resulting in a massive public backlash towards the organization itself, leading to eventual relocation to Indianapolis where it currently resides today still bearing same name albeit different logo/uniform designations than original colts used have back then era making them oldest continuously running franchise within league having celebrated 50th anniversary recently 2018 year mark date originally established Baltimore area way since 1953 when all America football conference first formed up until the present day.
Dallas - Baltimore - Indianapolis
1952 – Present / National Football League
1984 - Present / Indianapolis Colts
1953 - 1983 / Baltimore Colts
1952 / Dallas Texans
Colts - Sports fans, if you’re a fan of the Baltimore Colts, then you may be interested to learn about the origin and history behind their nickname. The name “Colts” was chosen for the team in 1947 when it joined NFL as an expansion franchise.
The team held a contest to find its new nickname, with entries ranging from Bullets to Bees and Marauders. However, Charles Evans of Middle River, Maryland, submitted Colts as his winning entry because he believed it fitted for several reasons: firstly that colts are some of the youngest animals in nature; secondly that Maryland is well-known for its racehorses; and lastly because ‘colts’ is short enough to fit into newspaper headlines easily while also being easy enough for people pronounce correctly.
Since then, this beloved football team has kept its name – despite changing cities twice (first moving from Baltimore to Indianapolis before eventually settling back down). Nowadays, they can still proudly call themselves The Coltssome 70 years after they were first given their unique moniker!
From thereon out, they became known simply as 'the Colts' - though some have argued that their mascot logo (a horse wearing armor) may also be derived from another literary source: Sir Walter Scott's novel Ivanhoe, where King Richard I rides around England atop a white stallion called Malvoisin (which translates roughly into 'bad neighbor'). Whatever its origins, however, it remains clear that literature and poetry impacted how Baltimore chose to represent itself throughout its tenure within professional football circles!
Super Bowl 1
NFL Championships 2
2008 - Present / Lucas Oil Stadium
1994 - 2007 / RCA Dome
1984 - 1993 / Hoosier Dome
1953 - 1983 / Memorial Stadium
1952 / Cotton Bowl
1997 - Present / Jim Irsay
1972 - 1997 / Robert Irsay
1953 - 1972 / Carroll Rosenbloom
1952 / Giles Miller (games 1–7), NFL (games 8–12)
To qualify as the greatest player for this team, the player must have played one season for this team. If not, we will remove the player.
* verifies that player has played for this team as an added player by a fan.
18 / Peyton Manning
19 / Johnny Unitas
22 / Buddy Young
24 / Lenny Moore
70 / Art Donovan
77 / Jim Parker
82 / Raymond Berry
89 / Gino Marchetti
*Blue is this team’s history