The Baltimore Colts played their final home game in Baltimore on December 18, 1983, against the then Houston Oilers. By early 1984, after the Colts’ lease on the 64,124 seat Memorial Stadium had expired, Irsay wanted the city of Baltimore to upgrade the stadium or build a new one. Attendance continued to dwindle over the years as a result of ...
Jim Irsay began to shape the Colts one year after assuming control from his father by firing head coach 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 ...
Super Bowl XLI was an American football game between the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Indianapolis Colts and the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Chicago Bears to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 2006 season. The Colts defeated the Bears by the score of 29–17. The game was played on February 4, 2007, at Dolphin Stadium in ...
The stadium had its ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 16, 2008, and then officially opened to the public eight days later on August 24, 2008. The stadium was constructed to allow the removal of the RCA Dome and expansion of the Indiana Convention Center on its site. The stadium is on the south side of South Street, the block south of ...
The Peyton Manning era came to an end on March 8, 2012, when Jim Irsay announced that Manning was being released from the roster after thirteen seasons. Owner Jim Irsay started to again rebuild the Colts during the 2012 offseason, hiring a new general manager in Ryan Grigson and a new head coach in Chuck Pagano. The Colts also began ...
History of the Colts
The Indianapolis Colts are one of the most storied franchises in the NFL. Since their inception in 1953, they have been a perennial powerhouse and have won two Super Bowls (1970 & 2006). The team has also had some of the greatest players ever to play professional football, including Johnny Unitas, Marvin Harrison, Peyton Manning, and Reggie Wayne.
The Colts began as an All-American Football Conference (AAFC) charter member before joining the NFL in 1950. They were initially based out of Baltimore, where they played from 1953-1983 before moving to Indianapolis for good after owner Robert Irsay's controversial relocation decision that shocked many fans around Maryland. During their time in Baltimore, they made several appearances at championship games. Still, they never entirely managed to bring home a title until 1970, when head coach Don McCafferty led them to victory over Dallas Cowboys thanks mainly due to MVP Earl Morrall’s performance on offense and Mike Curtis’ defense leading them through four quarters with no points allowed by either side! This was followed up with another Super Bowl win under Tony Dungy during his tenure as head coach between 2002-2008, which saw quarterback Peyton Manning lead an incredible offensive attack that included future Hall-Of-Famers Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne along with other great players like Edgerrin James or Dallas Clark who helped make it all possible!
After this winning streak ended following the 2008 season, there were some tough times ahead for the franchise as well as few changes in leadership wise, but ultimately, things started turning around again in 2017 when Frank Reich took the helm of coaching duties - since then, the team has seen resurgence form going 10–6 record 2018 playoffs 2019 divisional round 2020 wild card round 2021 AFC Championship game against Kansas City Chiefs only narrowly missing out chance making back third super bowl appearance history books! With young talented emerging stars such as Jonathan Taylor, Nyheim Hines, Michael Pittman Jr., Philip Rivers, DeForest Buckner, and Xavier Rhodes, there is no doubt a bright future ahead. Faithful Indy fans everywhere should look forward to what the coming years hold...
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1984 - Present / Indianapolis Colts
1953 - 1983 / Baltimore Colts
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Colts - The Indianapolis Colts have been a beloved team in the NFL since they joined the league in 1953. But did you know their nickname, "Colts," has an interesting origin story?
The team was initially based out of Baltimore and was known as the Baltimore Colts. When it came time to decide on a name for this new franchise, owner Carroll Rosenbloom wanted something that would capture his hometown's spirit while paying homage to its history. He chose “Colts” after seeing two statues of colt horses outside Memorial Stadium in downtown Baltimore – one representing Maryland and one representing Virginia.
Rosenbloom liked how these statues symbolized strength and power, which he thought were perfect attributes for his football team to embody as well! The name stuck with him throughout his ownership of both teams (the original Colts from 1953-1972) before moving them to Indianapolis, where they became known simply as “the Colts” from then until today!
While many people think it is just because there are so many racehorses called colts living near Indiana state lines, this isn't true! It all goes back over sixty years ago when Carroll Rosenbloom decided upon this mighty moniker during initial discussions about what he should call his newly formed football squad in America's heartland: The Indianapolis COLTS!!
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NFL Championships 0
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