Indianapolis Colts

Facts and information about the Indianapolis Colts

  • Andrew Luck’s first touchdown pass in the NFL was a four yarder to Donnie Avery in a Week 1 loss to the Bears in 2012.
  • The Baltimore Colts were part of the All-American Football Conference, a rival league of the NFL, and after it disbanded following the 1949 season the Colts became one of three teams (along with the San Francisco 49ers and the Cleveland Browns) from the AAFC to join the NFL. That team folded later and when football was reintroduced to Baltimore years later, the new team was christened the Colts as well.
  • No one caught more touchdown passes from Bert Jones during his career than Roger Carr did with 24.  Glenn Doughty was in second place on the list with 16 and Lydell Mitchell is in third with 13.
  • 2012 saw Bruce Arians guide the Colts to 9 wins and 3 losses and in the process become the first interim coach to win the NFL Coach of the Year Award.
  • Future Hall of Famer Andre Johnson joined the Colts in 2015 after spending the previous 12 with the Houston Texans. His first TD pass with Indianapolis came on a four yard throw from Matt Hasselbeck.

  • Colts receiver Reggie Wayne caught more TD passes during his career against the Houston Texans, a total of 12, than he did against any other team in the league.
  • Prior to 1982, the Colts had never used a higher draft pick than a ninth rounder on a punter in the NFL Draft. That year though they used their second round pick on Rohn Stark out of Florida State University. Stark would go on to play 13 seasons with the team, making the Pro Bowl four times.
  • After throwing 203 TD passes in the NFL with the Packers, Seahawks, and Titans, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck threw his first TD as a member of the Colts to tight end Coby Fleener.
  • No Colts player has had more 100 yard games in team history than Edgerrin James.  From 1999 to 2005, James broke the 100 yard mark 49 times.  Second on the list is Pro Football Hall of Fame member Eric Dickerson with 24.
  • In 1966, the Colts would give up a 99 yard touchdown pass to the Detroit Lions (Karl Sweetan to Pat Studstill).  This is the longest touchdown pass they have ever had scored against them.
  • Appropriately, Peyton Manning’s first touchdown pass ever in the National Football League was thrown to the great Marvin Harrison.
  • The first touchdown pass Johnny Unitas threw in his entire career went for 36 yards and was caught by Jim Mutscheller.
  • Coby Fleener had his first 100 yard receiving game on November 14, 2013 when he caught eight passes for 107 yards in a win over the Titans.

  • In 2007, Colts defensive lineman Dwight Freeney scored the first safety of his career when he sacked Jaguars quarterback Quinn Gray in the end zone.
  • Eric Dickerson, who played part of the 1980’s with the Rams and part with the Colts, ran for more 100 yard games, a total of 58, during that decade than any other player.
  • Carl Taseff returned missed field goals for touchdowns twice while playing for the Baltimore Colts, first in 1956 and then again in 1959.  He was the first and is one of only two people to have ever done this twice during their career.
  • In 1999, the Indianapolis Colts became the first team in NFL history to win ten more games than they had the previous year.
  • In 1970, Johnny Unitas became the first player to win the NFL Man of the Year Award.  This award would later be named the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.
  • Johnny Unitas played the role of the head coach of one of the opposing football teams in the 1999 Oliver Stone film, ‘Any Given Sunday’.
  • The Colts at one time had amazing win-loss records against two NFL teams.  In the first 16 games between the Colts and the Houston Texans, Indianapolis had won 15 times.  In the first 14 games between the Colts and the Atlanta Falcons, the Colts had won 13 times.  Records of 15-1 and 13-1 are pretty impressive indeed.
  • Edgerrin James, who played most of the decade for the Indianapolis Colts before heading to the Arizona Cardinals, rushed for more 100 yard games than any other player during the 2000’s.
  • Andrew Luck topped the 300 passing yard mark for the first time ever in his very first NFL game, a loss to the Bears, when he completed 23 of 45 passes for 309 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions.

     

  • 2010 saw Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri lead the entire NFL in extra points with 51.
  • Peyton Manning has more than twice as many 300 yard games as the player in second place on the list for the Colts, NFL legend Johnny Unitas.  They are also the only two Colts quarterbacks to have double digit 300 yard games as 3rd place on the list is held by Bert Jones with eight.
  • Former Colts star, and Heisman Trophy winner, Alan Ameche is related by marriage to former Rams first round draft pick and fellow Heisman Trophy winner John Cappelletti.
  • No player caught more touchdown passes from Johnny Unitas that Colts legend Raymond Berry who hauled in 63 of them during his career.
  • In 1970 the Baltimore Colts became one of three NFL teams to join the incoming AFL teams in the newly formed American Football Conference. The Colts were paid $3 million dollars for volunteering to change conferences.
  • When the Colts hosted the Houston Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium during the 2010 season, it was the 60th different stadium a Monday Night Football game had been played at.

  • The Colts moved from Baltimore, where they were fan favorites, to Indianapolis in 1984.
  • In 2007, Peyton Manning became the first quarterback to beat all 31 other teams in the league during his career when the Colts defeated the Panthers in week eight of the season.
  • Former Colts quarterback Bert Jones left Louisiana State University as their career passing leader even though he only started 15 games for the Tigers.
  • Prior to joining the Colts, as the kicker for the Patriots, Adam Vinatieri had successfully made 25 of the 26 field goal attempts he had tried against Indianapolis. His only miss coming in a 29-6 victory New England win on a 42 yard try.

     

  • In his first carry for the Colts after joining the team in 2015, former 49ers running back Frank Gore carried the ball for no game against the Bills.
  • Colts quarterback Peyton Manning won back-to-back NFL MVP Awards in 2003 (sharing the award with Titans quarterback Steve McNair) and 2004.
  • Kicker Adam Vinatieri is the first kicker to play in five Super Bowls (and also win four).
  • Bert Jones is one of only three quarterbacks to achieve a passer rating of over 100 in the entire decade of the 1970s (the others being Dallas’ Roger Staubach and Oakland’s Kenny Stabler).
  • Colts quarterback Bert Jones won the Most Valuable Player Award in 1976.
  • In the twelve years proceeding the 1968 season, Colts quarterback Earl Morrall had played for four different teams and never as the starter. Near the beginning of the year, future hall-of-famer Johnny Unitas went down due to injury and Morrall had to step in to fill his shoes. Morral would go on to win the MVP for the year and help the Colts reach the Super Bowl.
  • Longtime starting quarterback Bert Jones played his final season (1982) with the Los Angeles Rams, starting four games before forced to retire due to a neck injury.
  • Bert Jones could throw the ball 95 yards in the air.
  • Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri got his start in professional football with the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe.
  • When Colts quarterback Art Schlichter was suspended indefinitely by the NFL in 1983, he was the first player to be suspended because of gambling since 1963 (Paul Hornung & Alex Karras).
  • In a postseason victory over the Chiefs on January 4, 2014, Andrew Luck scored his first touchdown that was not a pass or a rushing attempt. That day saw him pick up a fumble by Colts running back Donald Brown on the five yard line and ran it in for the score.
  • As a rookie in 2012, T.Y. Hilton had five 100 yard receiving games, topping the mark one time against the Jaguars, Dolphins, Patriots, Lions, and Texans.
  • Former Colts running back Marshall Faulk is a distant cousin of Patriots running back Kevin Faulk.
  • In 1990, at the age of 39 and having been retired for 8 seasons, Bert Jones participated in the NFL QB Challenge. Jones won the retirement division and went on to compete with the starting quarterbacks of the time. He placed third in the regular competition.
  • Hall-of-Fame Quarterback/Kicker George Blanda played 27 seasons in the NFL, one of those (1959) he spent as a member of the Baltimore Colts.
  • Peyton Manning’s younger brother Eli and father Archie Manning also played Quarterback in the NFL.
  • When longtime Baltimore Colts head coach Weeb Ewbank was the backfield coach at Brown University during the 1940s, one of the young quarterbacks he coached would grow up to be a successful quarterback himself, his name is Joe Paterno.
  • Hall-of-Fame Tight End John Mackey played his final season for the San Diego Chargers after playing nine years for the Baltimore Colts.
  • Before even catching one pass in the NFL, Colts tight end Coby Fleener was credited with his first tackle. It happened in the 2012 season opener against the Bears when Andrew Luck threw an interception to Chicago DB Tim Jennings and Fleener brought him down.
  • As of 2007, the only Colts player to play for the team since moving from Baltimore and make the Hall-of-Fame is Eric Dickerson.
  • Indianapolis Head Coach Tony Dungy, along with his friend Lovie Smith the Head Coach of the Chicago Bears, became the first two African American Head Coaches to take their teams to the Super Bowl. Dungy then became the first African American Head Coach to win the Super Bowl.
  • In 1988, when Colts Running Back Eric Dickerson rushed for 1,659 yards, he became the first Colt to lead the NFL in rushing since Alan Ameche in 1955.
  • The Colts won back-to-back NFL Championships in 1958 and 1959, both times beating the New York Giants.
  • The Colts were the first NFL team to have cheerleaders.
  • The Colts were the victims of Joe Namath’s New York Jets in Super Bowl III when he guaranteed victory.
  • Weeb Ewbank coached the Colts to their back-to-back NFL Championships in 1958 and 1959, coincidentally he also coached the New York Jets when they defeated the Colts in Super Bowl III.
  • In 1972, Colts owner Carroll Rosenbloom traded the entire Colts franchise to Robert Irsay for his Los Angeles Rams franchise. Players, equipment, and everything stayed in their own cities – just the ownership changed.
  • The first player Colts defensive lineman Robert Mathis sacked in his NFL career was Titans quarterback Billy Volek in 2003.
  • Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne caught 82 touchdown passes during his career with the team. They were thrown to him by seven different players. He caught 67 from Peyton Manning, nine from Andrew Luck, two from Dan Orlovsky, and one each from Jim Sorgi, Curtis Painter, Kerry Collins, and Joseph Addai.
  • Quarterback Bert Jones won the 1976 Most Valuable Player Award.
  • In 1981 the Colts set a modern record for fewest punts returned in a season with 12.
  • The Colts played their final game in Baltimore against the Houston Oilers in 1983.
  • Ted Marchibroda served two stints as Head Coach of the Colts, the first during the 1970’s while the team was still in Baltimore and the second instance in the early 1990’s in Indianapolis.
  • In 2001, Colts Running Back Dominick Rhodes became the first undrafted player to rush for 1,000 yards in his rookie season.
  • The Colts are the first team ever to begin consecutive seasons with 9-0 records.
  • Super Bowl XLI, with the Colts defeating the Bears, was the first Super Bowl played in the rain.
  • Tony Dungy, by winning Super Bowl XLI, became only the third person to have won a Super Bowl as both a player and a coach (the other two are Mike Ditka and Tom Flores).
  • The Colts have two former coaches in the Hall-of-Fame (Weeb Ewbank and Don Shula).
  • In 2007, Bob Sanders became the first Colts player to ever win the Defensive Player of the Year Award.
  • All three of the Colts Super Bowl appearances have been in Miami.
  • With winning Super Bowl XLI, the Colts finally have a Super Bowl trophy. The first trophy, for winning Super Bowl V, was kept by owner Carroll Rosenbloom when he traded the Colts franchise for the Rams franchise. The Colts were given a replacement Super Bowl V trophy but were forced to leave that in Baltimore as a result of the legal proceeding following their middle-of-the-night move to Indianapolis.
  • In former Running Back Marshall Faulk’s second game in college he ran for 386 yards and scored 44 points in a San Diego State University victory.

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5 comments

  1. TAYLOR says:

    AMAZING TEAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. chris says:

    how many superbowls have the colts been to

  3. Mark says:

    Chris, thanks for taking the time to pose a question.

    The Colts have been to four Super Bowls counting the one that will take place in a couple of days.

    They lost Super Bowl III in 1969 to the New York Jets.

    They won Super Bowl V in 1971 by defeating the Dallas Cowboys.

    They won Super Bowl XLI in 2007 by beating the Chicago Bears.

  4. kool kid:} says:

    colts are cool like me

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