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The Indianapolis Colts franchise has been in existence for 69 years. There is no doubt that the franchise has a rich history of iconic players. This is the franchise of Johnny Unitas and Peyton Manning. Other notable players include Edgerrin James, Marvin Harrison, and the first ever TE to ever be elected to the NFL Hall of Fame: John Mackey.
To say the least, the franchise can be best described as just nomadic. The history of this franchise has ranged from Dallas to Baltimore to Indianapolis. This is reflected in its logo history.
The Dallas Texans logo stands out from the rest of the logos in franchise history due to its color scheme of yellow and purple. However, one will see that the franchise’s predominant color scheme in its logos is blue.
Before the horseshoe was introduced, the team’s helmet was solid blue with a plain design. The use of the blue color in the Indianapolis Colts logo symbolizes excellence, class, and strength. On the other hand, the white color stands for its integrity and charm.
The horseshoe will be the first thing that Colts fans think of with regards to the logo history of the franchise. However, one will be fascinated by the “buck-in bronco” that can be seen in a couple of logos. It really helps those logos to stand out.
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2002 - Present
The Colts logo design is a dark blue horseshoe which has remained almost unaltered throughout the years, features a distinctive blue horseshoe.
A blue and white colt’s head between a wordmark “Colts” in white with black trim.
A blue and white colt’s head.
1984 - 2001
The move to Indiana also brought the same Colt logo from Baltimore. The classic blue horseshoe with seven white holes is the same as in Baltimore
1979 - 1983
The first horseshoe logo appeared in 1979. The logo is a blue horseshoe with seven small white holes.
1961 - 1978
Classic Colts logo, which goes all the way back to the AAFC days, was retired in 1978. A blue buck-in bronco holding a football with the classic “horseshoe” football helmet.
1953 - 1960
The new Colts logo in 1953 featured the wordmark “BALTIMORE COLTS” in grey with a blue border and a blue buck-in bronco holding a football with a football helmet, flying over a goal post.
The original Texan’s logo featured a yellow football player straight arming while running with the football. A wordmark “DALLAS TEXANS” in yellow on a square purple background.