Following World War II, a competing professional football league was organized known as the All America Football Conference which began play in the season. This new Colts team, now in the "big league" of professional American football for the first time, although with shaky financing and ownership, played only in the season of the reorganized "third" NFL, and was later disbanded and moved. The Yanks then moved to Dallas in Texas after the season having competed for two seasons, but played their final two "home" games of the season as a so-called "road team" at the Rubber Bowl football stadium in Akron, Ohio. The NFL considers the Texans and Colts to be separate teams, although many of the earlier teams shared the same colors of blue and white.
Following World War II, a competing professional football league was organized known as the All America Football Conference which began play in the season. In its second year the franchise assigned to the Miami Seahawks was relocated to Maryland 's major commercial and manufacturing city of Baltimorewhich after a fan contest was renamed the Baltimore Colts and used the team colors of silver and green.
This new Colts team, now in the "big league" of professional American football for the first time, although with shaky financing and ownership, played only in the season of the reorganized "third" NFL, and was later disbanded and moved. Two years later, ina new Baltimore -based group, heavily supported by the City's municipal government and with a large subscription-base of fan-purchased season tickets, led by local owner Carroll Rosenbloom won the rights to a new Baltimore NFL franchise.
The Yanks then moved to Dallas in Texas after the season having competed for two seasons, but played their final two "home" games of the season as a so-called "road team" at the Rubber Bowl football stadium in Akron, Ohio. The NFL considers the Texans and Colts to be separate teams, although many of the earlier teams shared the same colors of blue and white.
Thus, the Indianapolis Colts are legally considered to be a expansion team. Unitas was raised in the Pittsburgh area and played earlier for the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky The third and current version of the Colts football team played their first season in Baltimore inwhere the team compiled a 3—9 record under first year head coach Keith Molesworth.
The franchise struggled during the first few years in Baltimore, with the team not achieving their first winning record until the season. Leading up to the Super Bowl and following the 34—0 trouncing of the Cleveland Browns in the NFL Championshipmany were calling the Colts team one of the "greatest pro football teams of all time"  and were favored by 18 points against their counterparts from the American Football Leaguethe New York Jets.
Following the championship, the Colts returned to the playoffs in and defeated the Cleveland Browns in the first round, but lost to the Miami Dolphins in the AFC Championship. The Colts playoff loss in double overtime against the Oakland Raiders was famous for the fact that it was the last playoff game for the Colts in Baltimore and is also known for the Ghost to the Post play.
Inthe Colts defense allowed an NFL-record points, set an all-time record for fewest sacks 13and also set a modern record for fewest punt returns The Colts finished 0—8—1 in the strike-shortened season, thereby earning the right to select Stanford quarterback John Elway with the first overall pick.
Elway, however, refused to play for Baltimore, and using leverage as a draftee of the New York Yankees baseball club, forced a trade to Denver. Relocation to Indianapolis Main article: Irsay continued to request upgrades to Memorial Stadium or construction of a new stadium.
City officials were precluded from using tax-payer funds for the building of a new stadium, and the modest proposals that were offered by the city were not acceptable to either the Colts or the city's MLB franchise the Orioles.
However, all sides continued to negotiate. Although Irsay assured fans that his ultimate desire was to stay in Baltimore, he nevertheless began discussions with several other cities willing to build new football stadiums, eventually narrowing the list of cities to two: The Maryland General Assembly intervened when a bill was introduced to give the city of Baltimore the right to seize ownership of the team by eminent domain.
As a result, Irsay began serious negotiations with Indianapolis Mayor William Hudnut in order to move the team before the Maryland legislature could pass the law. Indianapolis offered loans as well as the Hoosier Dome and a training complex.
Once in Maryland, workers loaded all of the team's belongings, and by midday the trucks departed for Indianapolis, leaving nothing of the Colts organization that could be seized by Baltimore.
Under the agreement, all lawsuits regarding the relocation were dismissed, and the Colts agreed to endorse a new NFL team for Baltimore. Initial struggles in Indianapolis Eric Dickerson led the team in rushing and earned three Pro Bowl invitations during his tenure with the Colts 87''.
Upon the Colts' arrival in Indianapolis overrequests for season tickets were received in just two weeks. During the seasonthe first in Indianapolis, the team went 4—12 and accounted for the lowest offensive yardage in the league that season.
The Colts, however, did receive eventual Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson  as a result of a trade during the seasonand went on to compile a 9—6 record, thereby winning the AFC East and advancing to the postseason for the first time in Indianapolis; they lost that game to the Cleveland Browns.
Followingthe Colts did not see any real success for quite some time, with the team missing the postseason for seven consecutive seasons. The struggles came to a climax in when the team went 1—15 and was just one point away from the first "imperfect" season in the history of a game schedule.
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