The Indianapolis Colts will wear throwback uniforms during their Nov. 28 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that pay homage to the teams of the late 1950s, which featured Hall of Famers like quarterback Johnny Unitas, fullback Alan Ameche, wide receiver Lenny Moore and coach Weeb Ewbank, among others.
“The Colts uniform is one of the most iconic and enduring symbols in all of sports,” Indianapolis vice chair and owner Carlie Irsay-Gordan said in a statement. “Over our 68-year history, our uniform has had subtle changes, but the timeless look and feel remains. We look forward to honoring our NFL roots, as well as the great Colts players who helped build the NFL into what it is today.”
The Colts, which were based in Baltimore at the time, won consecutive championships in 1958 and 1959, but their uniforms during those seasons were almost identical to what Indianapolis wears now, with UCLA stripes on the sleeves, horseshoes on both sides of the helmet that features a single stripe down the middle and two blue stripes down the pants.
Given that, the Colts opted for the 1956 uniforms, which feature two horseshoe logos on the back of the helmet, three white stripes on the sleeves of the blue jersey and a single blue stripe down the sides of the white pants.
The uniforms are similar to the 1955 throwbacks the franchise wore in 2010, though those were paired with a blue helmet. If the uniforms remain in the rotation next year, there’s a strong chance the blue helmet returns now that the NFL will allow a second lid for throwback or alternate uniforms beginning in 2022.
This year’s throwback uniforms, meanwhile, are complete with matching blue socks featuring the same three-stripe pattern as the sleeves.
Additionally, the Colts Cheerleaders – the NFL’s first cheer squad – will wear time-appropriate uniforms during the game, which also serves as former Indianapolis defensive end Robert Mathis’ induction into the Colts Ring of Honor.
Photos courtesy of the Indianapolis Colts.