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Interesting Facts about the Indianapolis Colts

Whether you’re a long-time fan of the Indianapolis Colts or are just a new disciple, these fun facts are guaranteed to bring you additional stock trivia knowledge about your favorite team, to challenge you on how much do you know them, or just to entertain. Check them out!

1) Who are the Indianapolis Colts, and where are they based?
The Indianapolis Colts are a football team competing in the South Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) of the National Football League (NFL). Their headquarters are currently based in the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.

2) How were the Indiana Colts established?
The Indiana Colts actually began as the Baltimore Colts but financial troubles and ownership issues led to the team’s dissolution. After two seasons, the team re-surfaced, but it wasn’t until the 1980s that they relocated to Indianapolis and re-named themselves as the Indianapolis Colts.

3) Which home fields have the Colts played?
From 1953 to 1983, the Colts first played at the Memorial Stadium, located in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1984 they moved to their new home field at Hoosier Dome (which was later renamed as RCA Dome), in Indianapolis, Indiana, where they played until 2007. In 2008 they moved to Lucas Oil Stadium, also in Indianapolis, and they have played there since.

4) What are the Colts’ team colors?
The Indianapolis Colts’ team colors are royal blue and white.

5) Who is Indianapolis Colts’ current mascot?
The team’s mascot is an anthropomorphic blue horse named (what else) Blue. He first emerged on September 17, 2006, on the occasion of the Colts’ first home regular at the RCA Dome, versus the Houston Texas.

6) How many championships have the Colts won?
The team won three NFL championships (1958, 1959 and 1968) while they were still known as the Baltimore Colts. Since their relocation in Indianapolis and their re-naming as Indianapolis Colts in 1984, so far the team has won two league championships.

As for their Super Bowl winnings, so far the Colts have won two (in 1970 and 2006).

7) Who are the former Colts players who are also Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees?
They are as follows:

1968 – Art Donovan
1969 – Joe Perry
1972 – Gino Marchetti
1973 – Raymond Berry, Jim Parker
1975 – Lenny Moore
1978 – Weeb Ewbank
1979 – Johnny Unitas
1984 – Mike McCornack
1990 – Ted Hendricks
1992 – John Mackey
1997 – Don Shula
1999 – Eric Dickerson
2011 – Richard Dent, Marshall Faulk

Peyton Manning

8) How many NFL playoffs have the Indianapolis Colts appeared?
So far, the Colts have appeared in 28 NFL playoffs – 1958, 1959, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1987, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2018.

9) Who is the most famous Indianapolis Colts player of all time?
The most famous Colt has to be Peyton Manning. The star quarterback was drafted to the team in 1998. He went on the spend 14 seasons with the Colts until 2012. He spearheaded the Colts en route to 8 division titles, 2 conference titles and one Super Bowl championship. He also won four league MVP awards and one Super Bowl MVP award. Due to his numerous career achievements, Manning is considered one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time.

You can look at Peyton Mannings amazing career achievements on this Wikipedia link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_career_achievements_by_Peyton_Manning#NFL_milestones

10) Who are the former Colts players with retired uniforms?
They are as follows:

#19 Johnny Unitas
#22 Buddy Young
#24 Lenny Moore
#70 Art Donovan
#77 Jim Parker
#82 Raymond Berry
#89 Gino Marchetti

Providing Equal Opportunities in the NFL

The NFL has come a long way in providing equal opportunities for all players. I think it is important to give attention to areas where they have both succeed and failed in this task. This will give a guide of what is working and what is not working, and will pave the way for a better future.

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Equal pay

The salary of NFL players is still one of the areas of major controversy. Even within the NFL, there is a huge range of difference between contracts for the highest paid players and ones at the base rate.

It is easy to see why better players are paid more. If a higher offer comes along, it can be tempting for a brilliant player to leave their club. They are therefore enticed to stay with huge contracts. Regardless of whether this is fair, the simple fact is that they should be more equal.

Having contracts that differ in millions of dollars between players can create lower confidence in other players. It can stop them from performing their best and create conflict within the club. It can also create competition among players, which something that is not desirable. Salaries should be fair, not outrageous.

Sexuality

The first openly gay male to be drafted in NFL was Michael Sam in 2014. There was massive controversy surrounding this showing our intolerance towards people that come from different backgrounds than our own.

Since then there has only been one player to play in Division I. There is a culture in American football to hide ones sexuality so that it does not hurt ones career. However, if we are going to work towards having completely open and equal opportunities for all players, this needs to change.

Race

We have come a long way in having racial equality in football. From a time when all players were white males to now, there has been a huge shift in our thinking. However, I would like to see more representation for different racial backgrounds. The NFL lacks Asian players which means they are not equally represented in the NFL. Other nationalities, such as those from middle eastern countries, should also be given the change to be equally represented.

Gender

Although this is something we will not be seeing change anytime soon, I think it is important to speak about it now than never. Women sports are gaining momentum more so now than ever before. This has led to the recognition that they are not at all supported in professional sports equal to men. The NFL could be the first to respond to this.

By offering a seperate division for women players, women would have the right to the same equal opportunities that men have. Their skills and talents would be equally recognized and rewarded, and it would lead to a shift in the way we see sportswoman.

Many of these changes will not happen overnight, but it is important to speak about them now. The more we ask for equal rights and discuss their necessity, the closer we will move towards them.

Are The Salaries Of NFL Players Fair?

Salaries of NFL players have been something I have heard a lot of debate on recently. There is much talk about whether the amount paid to these players is fair and justifiable. Many players are paid a base salary in the millions, not including bonuses and freebies that are included as perks of the job. But do these players deserve this? It is definitely debatable, however, I think the amount players are paid is fair. Although there is a range of salaries based on skill, ability, age and the team they play for, overall most players are paid a fair salary for the game they play.

One example of a highly paid player is Andrew Luck. Andrew Luck was paid a base salary of $16.2 million with a contract that is around $140 million. However, Andrew Luck is one of the best paid players in the game and as such has one of the highest paid salaries. Most players are not paid in this range and are actually paid around $1 million to $5 million. This is still a lot of money and far beyond average salaries.

Although these figures are high, we need to consider why the players get paid this amount. Firstly they are putting their bodies under enormous stress. This is not only in the moment they play, but something to consider for the future. Many players are injured, sometimes every game, and their injuries result in long term damage that is often irreparable. They put their bodies under incredible physical stress that many of us simply would not understand.

NFL players are also putting their lives and faces on display to the world. They are becoming public figures and celebrities in their own right. This affects their whole life and therefore they need to be continuously cautious of their representation in the media and the perception of the public. Any failure to maintain a an immaculate public image can, and has resulted in the termination of their contract.

Another thing to consider that that their careers are also short. Players are only able to play when they are in top physical shape. It is not something that can follow you until your retirement. Many players leave the game unable to do other jobs. Therefore this is their main income source and chance for future savings. Although the issue is still debatable, it is worth considering these facts when you make your judgement.