13 Facts About Baltimore Colts


Baltimore Colts were a professional American football team that played in Baltimore from its founding in 1953 to 1984.

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The Baltimore Colts were named after Baltimore's 149-year-old annual "Preakness Stakes", a premier thoroughbred horse racing event, second jewel of the famous "Triple Crown" championship series of the sport run at the historic Pimlico Race Course since 1873.

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In 1953, the second incarnation of the Baltimore Colts took the field for the first time ever at Memorial Stadium, .

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Much of the credit for Baltimore Colts's success went to Hall of Famers Johnny Unitas, halfback Lenny Moore, and wide receiver Raymond Berry.

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In 1965 the Baltimore Colts played the Green Bay Packers in a playoff to determine who would go to the NFL Championship game.

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In 1968 the Baltimore Colts returned with the continued leadership of Unitas and Shula and went on to win the Baltimore Colts' third NFL Championship and made an appearance in Super Bowl III.

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Under the new ownership, the Baltimore Colts did not reach the postseason for three consecutive seasons after 1971, and after the 1972 season, starting quarterback and legend Johnny Unitas was traded to the San Diego Chargers.

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The Baltimore Colts would endure nine consecutive losing seasons beginning in 1978.

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In 1981, the Baltimore Colts defense allowed an NFL-record 533 points, set an all-time record for fewest sacks, and set a modern record for fewest punt returns .

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Elway refused to play for Baltimore Colts, and using leverage as a draftee of the New York Yankees baseball club, forced a trade to Denver.

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City of Baltimore Colts did not give up and sued to condemn the franchise anyway and seize ownership.

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Baltimore Colts did not prevail in court, but eventually acquired a new NFL team in 1996 with the establishment of the Baltimore Colts Ravens following the Cleveland Browns relocation controversy.

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Baltimore Colts was given the honor due to the game being played at Lucas Oil Stadium, where the Colts have played since 2008.

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