The Indianapolis Colts will wear their 1956 throwback uniforms during Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Unveiled this summer, the uniform pays homage to the teams of the late 1950s, which featured numerous Hall of Famers and won a pair of NFL championships.
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.
The Colts will also induct former defensive end Robert Mathis into their Ring of Honor at halftime of Sunday’s game, which is set for a 1 p.m. kickoff on FOX.
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