This storied franchise first began in South Florida. In 1946, the AAFC placed a team in Miami called the Seahawks. The team accrued over $300,000 in debt and was eventually taken over by the league. The following season, the club was purchased by a group led by Robert Rodenburg and the team was relocated to Baltimore.
In 1950, Baltimore was one of three AAFC teams which merged into the NFL. After going 1-11-0 with horrid crowds the first NFL season, then-Colts owner Abraham Watner sold the club to the NFL for $50,000. The team was moved to Dallas and renamed the Texans for the 1952 season. During the year, the team was taken over by the NFL for financial reasons. The next year, the team was back in Baltimore.
In 1983, the Colts began talking with prospective cities for a possible relocation, such as Phoenix, Jacksonville, Birmingham, Indianapolis, Memphis and New York. The team moved to Indianapolis in 1984.
Some of the NFL’s most eminent players have found a horseshoe on their helmet including Johnny Unitas, Bubba Smith, Peyton Manning and Raymond Berry, to name a few.
This franchise has won five NFL titles, including two Super Bowls.
The team got its nickname from a “name-the-team” contest won by Charles Evans of Maryland. The nickname "Colts" was chosen because of the tradition and history of horse racing and breeding in the area.
Original Owner: Harvey Hester
Original Colors: Orange, green, silver & white
First Stadium: Burdine Stadium, seating 74,476
Retired Jerseys: No. 89 Gino Marchetti, No. 22 Buddy Young, No. 70 Art Donovan, No. 82 Raymond Berry, No. 19 Johnny Unitas, No. 24 Lenny Moore, No. 77 Jim Parker
1931 – Morley Safer, American journalist (d.2016)