Indianapolis Colts Helmet History

The Indianapolis Colts helmet history dates all the way back to 1953 when an expansion team known as the Baltimore Colts returned to the NFL after the previous incarnation folded after the 1950 NFL Season. This version of the Colts could actually trace their history back to 1913 as the team was really the remnants of the 1952 ill-fated Dallas Texans.

The team kept an identical color scheme as the Texans and changed their name to the Colts as a nod to the previous franchise who wore green and silver.

The helmet, while the iconic horseshoe has remained throughout the team’s existence, had seen its fair share of changes, but they grow more subtle as time ticks by.

 

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Face of the Franchise: Get Your Andrew Luck Jersey

Andrew Luck in 2018. Photo by Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA

No one in the NFL made a better comeback than Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. With that said, the Andrew Luck jersey has seen a revival in sales mere months after the quarterback nearly suffered a career-ending shoulder injury which kept him out of action for all of 2017.

What contributed to Luck’s downfall and almost premature retirement at 28?

Poor offensive line play.

Enter Colts’ general manager Chris Ballard, who hired former NFL quarterback Frank Reich to succeed Chuck Pagano as the team’s next head coach. Ballard also drafted guards Quenton Nelson and Braden Smith to go along with 3rd-year center Ryan Kelly. As a result, Luck stayed off his back and led a weakened Indianapolis Colts to the NFL playoffs.

In 2018, Luck had a career year, throwing for 4,593 passing yards, completing a career-high 430 pass attempts for a 98.7 quarterback rating, also a career-high. He threw 39 touchdown passes as opposed to 15 interceptions.

 

Who is Andrew Luck?

The son of former NFL backup quarterback and current XFL commissioner Oliver Luck, Andrew played his high school ball at Stratford High in Houston, Texas.

He was a four-star recruit coming out of high school by Rivals.com and a five-star rating by Scout. The number four pro-style quarterback in the nation coming out of high school, Luck also participated in the US Army All-American Game. After receiving offers from Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Purdue, Rice, and Virginia, Luck chose to play his college ball at Stanford University under then-head coach Jim Harbaugh.

 

College Career

Luck won the starting quarterback job at Stanford as a redshirt freshman and never looked back. He was the first freshman starting quarterback for Stanford since Chad Hutchinson in the 1990s. Luck led the Cardinal to the Sun Bowl in his first season as a starter, with upset victories over power houses like Oregon and USC during the 2009 season.

In 2010, he was named the then-Pac 10 Offensive Player of the Year and Pac-10 First Team All Pac-10. He led the Cardinal to a 12-1 finish and a spot in the Orange Bowl, where he led the team to a 40-12 thrashing over Virginia tech, earning MVP honors.

In 2010, Luck threw for 3,338 passing yards, and 32 touchdown passes, supplemented with 453 rushing yards. He completed 70.7% of his passes.

The projected Number One Overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, Luck shockingly decided to return to Stanford for another season.

In 2011, Luck led the Cardinal to an 11-2 record, a berth in the Fiesta Bowl, and a national ranking at #7. He won the Maxwell Award, the Walter Camp Award, and was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy. A First Team All-American, Luck was also the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year and named to the First Team All Pac-12.

He finished the year with a 71.3 completion percentage, 3,517 passing yards, 37 touchdown passes, and 10 interceptions.

He became the first Stanford Cardinal to break the 10,000 yard mark in total yards, set records for all-time wins at Stanford with 31, and all-time leader in wining percentage by a Stanford quarterback with a 31-7 record, a .816 percentage. He also set Pac-12 records for passing efficiency rating with 162.8 and completion percentage with 67%.

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NFL Career

The Indianapolis Colts drafted Andrew Luck in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft to succeed NFL legend Peyton Manning. As a rookie, he impressed, leading a team that went 2-14 in 2011 to a playoff berth in 2012 with an 11-5 record. Luck’s numbers in 2012 were 4,374 passing yards, 23 touchdowns, 18 interceptions, a 76.5 passer rating, and a 54.1 completion percentage.

Luck again led the Colts to an 11-5 season in 2013 along with a division title. In the first home playoff game of his career, Luck and the Colts put up a memorable performance which resulted in the second greatest comeback in NFL history. Down 38-10 in the third quarter against the visiting Kansas City Chiefs, Luck and the Colts exploded for 35 points in the final quarter and a half, holding the Chiefs to just 6 points in that same time span. A touchdown pass to T.Y. Hilton in the fourth sealed the deal and the Colts earned a trip to New England, falling to Tom Brady and the Patriots 43-22.

Luck led the Colts to yet another division title in 2014 and a third consecutive 11-5 record, this time defeating his predecessor, Peyton Manning, in the AFC Divisional Playoffs before again falling to the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game, 45-7. Luck led the league in touchdown passes in 2014 with 40, with a 96.5 passer rating and 4,761 passing yards.

In 2015, Luck and the Colts took a step back, with Luck playing in seven games due to numerous injuries stemming from poor offensive line play.

Despite returning in 2016, the Colts still couldn’t recover from their step back in 2015, despite Luck throwing for 31 touchdown passes and 4,240 yards.

Due to injuries from the previous two seasons, Luck missed 2017 before returning in 2018. In 2018, Luck took the severe underdog Indianapolis Colts to the playoffs. In the Wildcard round, they faced and defeated division rival and AFC South Champions, the Houston Texans before falling to the Kansas City Chiefs in the Divisonal Round. Luck won Comeback Player of the Year Honors for his performance both individually and leading the Colts back to the postseason.

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