The Indianapolis Colts were created in 1953 in Baltimore, MD. The Colts were originally the Dallas Texans beforing moving to Maryland.
Indianapolis plays in the AFC South against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, and Houston Texans. The Colts have a rivalry with the New England Patriots stemming from the postseason bouts between the Peyton Manning and Tom Brady led teams.
- Founding Year: 1953
- City: Indianapolis, IN
- Conference: AFC
- Number of Super Bowls: 2 (Most recent: 2007)
- Mascot: Blue
- Owner: Jim Irsay
- Head Coach: Frank Reich
- Stadium: Lucas Oil Stadium
With quarterback and hall of famer Johnny Unitas in charge, the Baltimore Colts won two NFL championships back-to-back. Both games were played against the New York Giants with the first victory occuring in 1958 in what was classified as "The Greatest Game Ever Played". Baltimore' sudden death, overtime win helped to drastically heighten the popularity of the sport at the time.
The Colts were heavy favorites in the third ever Super Bowl, but lost to the New York Jets in 1969.
Unitas led Baltimore back to the championship in 1971, where they would capture their first Super Bowl title in a win against the Dallas Cowboys.
The owner of the Colts, Robert Irsay, moved the team to Indiana in 1984 after being unsuccessful in his attempt to get a new stadium funded by the local government. The relocation happened so fast that many fans were blindsided by their beloved team's departure.
Indianpolis did not experience the same level of success as the team did in Baltimore until they chose quarterback Peyton Manning in the 1998 draft. Manning would dominate alongside players such as Edgerrin James, Marvin Harrison, and Reggie Wayne over his tenure with the team. Despite their offensive dominance, the Colts had trouble advancing in the playoffs.
Peyton has set many NFL records, and is widely regarded as one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history.
In the years post-Manning, quarterback Andrew Luck has led the Colts to multiple playoff appearances, however, they have not yet made it back to the Super Bowl.