lnki_358" title="Don Shula">Don Shula. Shula had coached the Colts the previous seven pre-merger seasons (1963–9) and was signed by Joe Robbie after the merger was consummated; because the signing came after the merger the NFL's rules on tampering came into play, and the Dolphins had to give up their first-round pick to the Colts.

Powered by QB Earl Morrall Baltimore would be the first non-AFL franchise to win a division title in the conference, outlasting the Miami Dolphins by one game, and leading the division since Week 3 of 1970. The two franchises were denied a playoff confrontation by Miami's first-round defeat to the Oakland Raiders, whereas Baltimore would win its first Super Bowl title that year.

Yet in 1971 the teams were engaged in a heated race that went down to the final week of the season, where Miami won its first division title with a 10–3–1 title compared to the 10–4 Baltimore record after the Colts won the Week 13 matchup between them at home, but proceeded to lose the last game of the season to Boston. In the playoffs Baltimore advanced to the AFC title game after a 20–3 rout of the Cleveland Browns, whereas Miami survived a double-overtime nailbiter against the Kansas City Chiefs. This set up a title game that was favored for the defending league champion Colts. Yet Miami won the AFC championship with a 21–0 shutout and advanced to lose Super Bowl VI to Dallas. In 1975 Baltimore and Miami tied with 10–4 records, yet the Colts advanced to the playoffs based on a head-to-head sweep of their series. In 1977 Baltimore tied for first for the third straight year (in 1976 they tied with the now-New England Patriots) with Miami, and this time advanced to the playoffs on even slimmer pretenses, with a conference record of 9–3 compared to Miami's 8–4, as they had split the season series. The rivalry would in the following years be virtually negated by very poor play of the Colts; the Colts would win just 117 games in the twenty-one seasons (1978–98) that bracketed their 1977 playoff loss to the Oakland Raiders and the 1999 trade of star running back Marshall Faulk; this included a 0–8–1 record during the NFL's strike shortened 1982 season.

In 1995, now as Indianapolis, the two both posted borderline 9–7 records to tie for second against Buffalo, yet the Colts once again reached the post-season having swept the season series. The following season they edged out Miami by posting a 9–7 record and winning the ordinarily meaningless 3rd place position, but qualifying for the wild card. The two clubs' 1999 meetings were dramatic affairs between Hall Of Fame-bound Dan Marino and up-and-coming star Peyton Manning. Marino led a 25-point fourth quarter comeback for a 34–31 Dolphins win at the RCA Dome, then in Miami Marino led another comeback to tie the game 34–34 with 36 seconds remaining; Manning, however, drove the Colts in range for a 53-yard field goal as time expired (37–34 Colts win).

The last truly meaningful matchup between the two franchises would be in the 2000 season, when Miami edged out Indianapolis with an 11–5 record for the division championship. The two then met in the wild-card round where the Dolphins won 23–17 before being blown out by Oakland 27–0 (the Colts themselves had suffered a bitter loss to the Raiders in Week Two of the season when the Raiders erased a 24–7 gap to win 38–31). In 2002 the Colts moved to the newly created AFC South division; the two clubs met at the RCA Dome on September 15 where the Dolphins edged the Colts 21–13 after stopping a late Colts drive. The rivalry was effectively retired after this; the two clubs did meet in a memorable Monday Night Football matchup in 2009 where the Colts, despite having the ball for only fifteen minutes, defeated the Dolphins 27–23.

The rivalry saw a rekindling after the 2012 NFL Draft brought new quarterbacks to both teams in Ryan Tannehill and Luck. The two met during the 2012 season with Luck breaking the rookie record for passing yards in a game in a 23-20 win over the Dolphins, although Tannehill and the Dolphins would beat the Colts 24-20 the next season.

Players

Current roster


Retired numbers

Number Player Position Years played
18 Peyton Manning QB 1998–2011
19 Johnny Unitas QB 1956–72
22 Buddy Young RB 1953–55
24 Lenny Moore HB 1956–67
70 Art Donovan DT 1953–61
77 Jim Parker OL 1957–67
82 Raymond Berry WR 1955–67
89 Gino Marchetti DE 1953–66

Pro Football Hall of Famers

Ring of Honor

The Ring of Honor was established on September 23, 1996. There have been eleven inductees.

Name Position Years With Club Year of Induction
Robert Irsay Owner 1972–1997 1996 [64]
80 Bill Brooks WR 1986–1992 1998 [65]
Ted Marchibroda Head Coach 1975–1979, 1992–1995 2000 [66]
75 Chris Hinton OT, OG 1983–1989 2001 [67]
4 Jim Harbaugh QB 1994–1997 2005 [68]
12th Man Fans 2007 [69]
Tony Dungy Head Coach 2002–2008 2010 [70]
88 Marvin Harrison WR 1996–2008 2011 [71]
32 Edgerrin James RB 1999–2005 2012 [72]
29 Eric Dickerson RB 1987–1991 2013 [73]
28 Marshall Faulk RB 1994–1998 2013 [73]

First-round draft picks

Coaches

Head coaches

Current staff

Statistics and records

Season-by-Season record

This is a partial list of the last six seasons completed by the Colts. For the full season-by-season franchise results, see List of Indianapolis Colts seasons.
Super Bowl Champions (1970–present) Conference Champions Division Champions Wild Card Berth
Season Team League Conference Division Regular Season Post Season Results Awards
Finish Won Lost Ties
2008 2008 NFL AFC South 2nd ¤ 12 4 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Chargers) 23–17 (OT) Peyton Manning (MVP)[74]
2009 2009 NFL AFC * South § 1st § 14 2 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Ravens) 20–3
Won Conference Championship (Jets) 30–17
Lost Super Bowl XLIV (Saints) 31–17
Peyton Manning (MVP)[74]
2010 2010 NFL AFC South § 1st § 10 6 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Jets) 17–16
2011 2011 NFL AFC South 4th 2 14 0
2012 2012 NFL AFC South 2nd ¤ 11 5 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Ravens) 24–9 Bruce Arians (COY)[75]
2013 2013 NFL AFC South § 1st § 11 5 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Chiefs) 45-44
Lost Divisional Playoffs (Patriots) 43-22
Total 475 420 7 (1953–2012, includes only regular season)
20 22 (1953–2012, includes only playoffs)
495 442 7 (1953–2012, includes both regular season and playoffs)

Records

All-Time Colts Leaders
Leader Player Record Number Years on Colts
Passing Peyton Manning 54,828 passing yards 1998–2011
Rushing Edgerrin James 9,226 rushing yards 1999–2005
Receiving Marvin Harrison 14,580 receiving yards 1996–2008
Coaching Wins Tony Dungy 85 wins 2002–2008
Sacks Robert Mathis 111 Sacks 2003–Present

Radio and television

The Colts' flagship station from 1984 to 1998 and again starting in the 2007 season is WIBC 1070AM (renamed WFNI as of December 26, 2007); under the new contract, games are simulcast on WLHK 97.1 FM. From 1998 through 2006, the Colts' flagship station was WFBQ 94.7FM (with additional programming on WNDE 1260AM). Bob Lamey is the team's play-by-play announcer, holding that title from 1984 to 1991 and again since 1995. Former Colts offensive lineman Will Wolford serves as color commentator. Former head coach Ted Marchibroda of both Baltimore and Indianapolis Colts franchises, who served as color commentator from 1999 to 2006, serves as an analyst on their pre-game show. Mike Jansen serves as the public address announcer at all Colts home games. Mike has been the public address announcer since the 1998 season.

Preseason games not shown on national television were seen locally on WTTV-4, Indiana's 4. Beginning in 2011, the preseason games will be shown on WNDY-23 except for those carried nationally by the networks. Indiana Hoosiers announcer Don Fischer provides play-by-play. Regular-season Monday Night games are simulcast on WNDY-23 and those from NFL Network on an approved station which has been WTHR-13 and WXIN-59 in the past with FOX 59 simulcasting the latest games in 2010.

Radio affiliates

Colts Radio Affiliates
City Call Sign Frenquency
Lafayette, Indiana WASK-FM 98.7 FM
Santa Claus, Indiana WAXL-FM 103.3 FM
Bedford, Indiana WBIW-AM 1340 AM
Bardstown, Kentucky WBRT-AM 1320 AM
Effingham, Illinois WCRA-AM 1090 AM
Danville, Illinois WDAN-AM 1490 AM
Decatur, Illinois WDZQ-FM 95.1 FM
Michigan City, Indiana WEFM-FM 95.9 FM
Indianapolis, Indiana WFNI-AM 1070 AM
Evansville, Indiana WGBF-AM 1280 AM
Henderson, Kentucky WGBF-FM 103.1 FM
Bloomington, Indiana WGCL-AM 1370 AM
Oxford, Indiana WIBN-FM 98.1 FM
Rushville, Indiana WIFE-FM 94.3 FM
Crawfordsville, Indiana WIMC-FM 103.9 FM
North Vernon, Indiana WJCP-AM 1460 AM
Wabash, Indiana WJOT-FM 105.9 FM
Richmond, Indiana WKBV-AM 1490 AM
Warsaw, Indiana WAOR 102.7 FM
Indianapolis, Indiana WLHK-FM 97.1 FM
Angola, Indiana WLKI-FM 100.3 FM
Eminence, Kentucky WLRS 1600 AM
Alexandria, Indiana WMXQ-FM 96.7 FM
Marion, Indiana WMRI-AM 860 AM
Monticello, Indiana WMRS-FM 107.7 FM
Louisville, Kentucky WNDA 1570 AM
Sullivan, Indiana WNDI-FM 95.3 FM
Madison, Indiana WORX-FM 96.7 FM
Fort Wayne, Indiana WOWO-AM 1190 AM
Fort Wayne, Indiana WOWO-FM 92.3 FM
Portland, Indiana WPGW-AM 1440 AM
Greencastle, Indiana WREB-FM 94.3 FM
Rochester, Indiana WROI-FM 92.1 FM
Warsaw, Indiana WRSW-AM 1480 AM
Columbus, Indiana WRZQ-FM 107.3 FM
Loogootee, Indiana WRZR-FM 94.5 FM
South Bend, Indiana WSMM-FM 102.3 FM
Goshen, Indiana WSSM 97.7 FM
Plymouth, Indiana WTCA-AM 1050 AM
Tell City, Indiana WTCJ-AM 1230 AM
Owensboro, Kentucky WVJS-AM 1420 AM
Olney, Illinois WVLN-AM 740 AM
Washington, Indiana WWBL-FM 106.5 FM
Terre Haute, Indiana WWVR-FM 105.5 FM
Muncie, Indiana WXFN-AM 1340 AM
Mount Vernon, Indiana WYFX-FM 106.7 FM
Mount Carmel, Illinois WYNG 94.9 FM
Portland, Indiana WZBD-FM 92.7 FM
Vincennes, Indiana WZDM-FM 92.1 FM

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External links

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