Since being founded in Baltimore in 1953, the Colts have been a member club of the NFL. The storied franchise was one of three NFL teams to form the AFC following the 1970 merger. Their time in Baltimore was fruitful, to say the least as they advanced to the playoffs 10 times and won three NFL championships.
Additionally, the Colts went 1-1 in Super Bowl appearances during their time in Baltimore and it’s clear were shaping up to be a legacy franchise. The relocation to Indianapolis came in 1984 and their success seemingly continued over in good measure. The club accrued one Super Bowl chip, two conference championships, and made 16 playoff appearances since joining under the Indianapolis banner.
Furthermore, the club has been home to some of the most prolific stars to ever step foot onto the football field. 1998-2011 marked the Peyton Manning era and a Super Bowl chip was also consolidated under his reign. Although he was unceremoniously released from his contract by owner Jim Irsay in 2012, his impact on Colts club history cannot be ignored.
The 2020 season sees the franchise round out a 10-5 record and a number 2 placement in the AFC South. The Colts improved upon their 7-9 2019 season with a week 13 win over the Houston Texans and are making their run towards the playoffs. They will also attempt their first AFC South title since 2014.
The Colts’ color palette was picked as blue and white to reflect professionalism, reliability, and loyalty to their fans and football. The earliest logo saw a jumping horse wearing a football helmet and holding a rugby ball. The ‘Baltimore Colts’ wording was ditched in before carrying on the iteration from 1961-1978.
From 1979- to modern-day, the Indianapolis Colts went with the now-iconic horseshoe with seven white grommets. I was meant to signify luck and hope and became a signature for the franchise. The years that followed saw minor angle and contour changes, however, the essence remained the same. Finally, 2020 saw a new visual identity is added in the form of a Horseshoe taking on the letter ‘C’
James Irsay is the owner and CEO of the Colts and he inherited the club from his father Robert Irsay who built a fortune through successful heating and air-conditioning companies. James ‘Jim’ Irsay was 12 years old when his father purchased the then ‘Baltimore Colts’.
After graduating from SMU in 1982, Jim joined the Colts’ professional staff and was named the Vice President and General Manager in 1984. He became the youngest owner in the NFL at the age of 37 following a legal battle with his stepmother over ownership. As of January 1, 2021, Jim Irsay’s net worth was estimated at the U.S $ 3 billion courtesy of Forbes.
Allegiant signed a deal to become the official airline of the Indianapolis Colts. As part of the agreement, the upper terrace of the Lucas Oil Stadium was named the Allegiant Terrace level. What’s more, Allegiant will give Indiana residents the chance to compete to be permanently featured on one of the 133 banners on the terrace level.
The franchise also has tie-ups with Caesar Entertainment and William Hill making the Sports Betting sponsors of the Colts. The deal sees sponsors of a free-to-play ‘Pick 6 Predator’ game on the Colts Mobile app. Correct picks on the app are rewarded with weekly prizes and all participants are entered into a chance to win a trip to Las Vegas to stay at the Caesars Entertainment property.
|Quarterbacks||7. Jacoby Brissett |
9. Jacob Eason
17. Phillip Rivers
|Running backs||21. Nyheim Hines |
28. Jonathan Taylor
20. Jordan Wilkins
|Wide receivers||16. Ashton Dulin |
12. DeMichael Harris
13. T.Y Hilton
83. Marcus Johnson
14. Zach Pascal
85. Dezmon Patmon
11. Michael Pittman Jr.
|Tight ends||81. Mo Alie-Cox |
80. Trey Burton
84. Jack Doyle
|Offensive linemen||64. Mark Glowinski |
75. Chaz Green
69. Will Holden
68. Joey Hunt
78. Ryan Kelly
56. Quenton Nelson
63. Danny Pinter
72. Braden Smith
|Defensive linemen||96. Denicio Autry |
52. Ben Banogu
99. DeForest Buckner
57. Kemoko Turay
50. Justin Houston
94. Tyquan Lewis
97. Al-Quadin Muhammad
76. Taylor Stallworth
90. Grover Stewart
|Linebackers||49. Matthew Adams |
44. Zaire Franklin
59. Jordan Glasgow
53. Darius Leonard
58. Booby Okereke
45. E.J. Speed
54. Anthony Walker Jr.
|Defensive backs||32. Julian Blackmon |
38. T.J Carrie
23. Kenny Moore
30. George Odum
27. Xavier Rhodes
34. Isaiah Rodgers
35. Tremon Smith
37. Khari Willis
31. Tavon Wilson
26. Rock Ya-Sin
|Special backs||3. Rodrigo Blankenship |
46. Luke Rhodes
8. Rigoberto Sanchez
Amongst the current player’s foundation is the Jabaal Sheard Foundation that provides at-risk youth with outreach programs that include mentorship educational advancement and overall wellness to promote an active lifestyle. Furthermore, there’s the Alumni Gary Brackett Impact Foundation that seeks to provide opportunities and resources to children affected by cancer.
The NFL’s Crucial Catch mission set up to fight cancer is supported by the Indianapolis Colts who joined the Ashley HomeStore unit to raise awareness and support for survivors of all types of cancers. Not to mention, the franchise has a Bleed Blue Blood drive campaign which is currently in its 21st year that has made a massive impact.
|Head Coach||Frank Reich|
|Stadium||Lucas Oil Stadium|
|Location||Downtown Indianapolis, Indiana|
|Sponsors||Caesars Entertainments, William Hill, Allegiant Air, PointsBet, Vivid Seats, Fanatics,|
|Championships||League championships |
NFL Championships (pre-1970 AFL-NFL merger) 
1958, 1969, 1968
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, 2013, 2014
|Official Website||Indianapolis Colts- www.colts.com|