The Indianapolis Colts have announced that they will be wearing their 1956 retro jerseys during Saturday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, which starts at 4:30 pm ET on NFL Network.
The uniforms will feature two horseshoes on the back of their white helmets, three white stripes on the sleeves of the blue jerseys, a single blue stripe on the sides of the white pants, and blue socks with matching stripes to the sleeves.
The look made its debut in a 38-31 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2021 and returned last season in a 24-17 loss to the Steelers. The Colts Cheerleaders, the first cheerleading squad in the NFL, also wore period-appropriate uniforms during both games.
The Colts, who were based in Baltimore from their founding in 1953 until their move to Indianapolis in 1984, won consecutive championships in 1958-59. However, their uniforms at the time were almost identical to the ones they wear today.
This includes UCLA stripes on the shoulders of their blue and white jerseys, horseshoes on both sides of their white helmets, and a single blue stripe in the center with two blue stripes on the sides of their white pants.
With that, the Colts opted for the design from 1956, which is practically the home version of the 1955 throwback jerseys they wore in 2010 during a 26-24 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, although they wore blue helmets at the time.
On the other hand, the Steelers will counter on Saturday afternoon with their standard away uniforms of black helmets, white jerseys, and gold pants. In the 1950s, they actually wore gold helmets, so this uniform matchup only occurred once (last season).