8 Indianapolis Colts Jerseys You Probably Rocked During Your Childhood

Tyler Brooke@TylerDBrookeSenior Analyst IIJuly 5, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JANUARY 08:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts looks on during warm ups against the New York Jets during their 2011 AFC wild card playoff game at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 8, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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When it comes to the Indianapolis Colts, and the NFL in general, there's no better way to show off your loyalty than by wearing your favorite team's jersey.

Not only can you rep your favorite team, you can also represent some of your favorite players by wearing their jersey. If you're in the right area, you'll likely receive plenty of compliments on whose jersey you're rocking that day.

Just remember where you are when wearing a jersey.  You don't want to be that guy in Chicago wearing a Green Bay Packers jersey.

Who are some of the players' jerseys you likely wore back in the day?  It differs for all of us.  As far as Colts fans are concerned, it depends on when you were born and which generation of Colts you grew up watching.

In order to accurately depict which jerseys you may have worn, we'll go ahead and split this review into  three decades of Colts' fans who grew up in the '80s, '90s and 2000s.


The move from Baltimore to Indianapolis before the 1984 season didn't make this team much better, and winning was a rarity for some time.  This was back when the Colts stood for "Count On Losing This Sunday".

Still, there were a few players that everyone loved to watch.  There weren't many, but there were some.

Bill Brooks, 1986-1992

There have been a number of great wide receivers throughout the Colts' history, but there probably isn't another receiver who was able to do more with less than Brooks.

With Jack Trudeau and Jeff George leading the way on a pretty bad football team, Brooks was able to make his presence known regardless.  He finished his time in Indianapolis with 411 catches for 5,350 yards and 28 touchdowns.

If you grew up in the '80s, there's no way you didn't get excited watching this guy play.

Duane Bickett, 1985-1993

Anyone who is able to be such an intimidating presence on defense instantly earns a spot on this list.  Kids love to watch players on defense make big plays like sacks and interceptions.

Bickett was a pass-rushing monster back in the day.  He was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1985, then went to the Pro Bowl in 1987.  He had 1,071 tackles and 53 sacks while wearing the Blue and White.

When you're as proficient as a pass-rusher at the linebacker position as Bickett was back in the day, odds are that a lot of people are going to know your name.


There's really only one word to describe the '90s for the Colts:


Starting in 1990, this team went from 7-9 to 1-15, back up to 9-7 and then back down to 4-12 in just four seasons. 

The end of the decade featured the quarterback who would bring this team to glory, but until that happened, there were still a couple of other guys who made major impacts on this team.

Marshall Faulk, 1994-1998

There's plenty of debate as to who was the best running back of all-time for the Colts, and Faulk certainly deserves a lot of consideration for that title.

Faulk did great things during his five seasons with the Colts.  He was the NFL Rookie of the Year and a Pro Bowler in his first year in the league, putting up 1,282 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Before being traded to the St. Louis Rams, Faulk finished his time in Indy with three Pro Bowl selections to go along with 5,320 yards rushing and 40 touchdowns on the ground.

Now that he's a Hall of Famer, we can look back at Faulk and remember all of the good he did while with Indianapolis, and maybe break out his old jersey from time to time.

Tony Siragusa, 1990-96


The big boy who was an undrafted free agent went on to have a nice career with the Colts.  He had 62 tackles to go along with five sacks in 1994, and finished his stint in Indianapolis with 362 tackles and 16.5 sacks.

Everyone loves to root for the little guy, and Goose was certainly one of those.

OK, maybe not in size, but you know what I mean.

Jim Harbaugh, 1994-97

When it comes down to it, most kids want the starting quarterback's jersey.  While the Colts might have not had the best names at the position during the first decade-and-a-half in Indy, Harbaugh certainly became an exciting enough player.

Before becoming the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, everyone in Indianapolis knew Harbaugh as "Captain Comeback".  Quite fittingly, he earned the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award in 1995 along with being a Pro Bowl selection after throwing for 2,575 yards and 17 touchdowns with only five interceptions.

There was another quarterback to come after Harbaugh, but he earned his own place in the team's Ring of Honor for a reason. 

Early 2000s

It's safe to say that this decade turned the city of Indianapolis from a basketball town into a football town.

This early part of the decade hits close to home for me, and it was a great time to grow up as a football fan in the state.  Wins came like they were nothing, and years of seasons ending in disappointment finally turned around after the Colts won the Super Bowl in 2006.

There are so many names of players who could be on this list, but here were probably the jerseys you would see most frequently.

Marvin Harrison, 1996-2008

He may have been listed at only 6'0'', but this was one of the most exciting receivers to play in the history of the NFL.

Harrison had so many numbers that will impress anyone, finishing with eight Pro Bowl selections, 128 touchdowns and 14,580 yards over his career.

He pretty much swept the board in regards to franchise receiving records, but he also broke an NFL record for the most catches in a season with 143 back in 2002.

In the end, everyone will remember the duo of Harrison and Peyton Manning, who combined for 112 touchdowns during their time together.

Dwight Freeney, 2002-12

Now that Dwight Freeney is with the San Diego Chargers, I'm trying to figure out what to do with my No. 93 jersey. 

As a member of the Colts, Freeney holds the franchise record with an incredible 107.5 sacks.  His spin move is imitated by Pee Wee Football players and college athletes alike, but no one can do it quite like Freeney has been able to do.

For now, he will be seen as a Charger, but everyone in Indiana will remember him as a proud member of the Colts.

Now if I only I could figure out what to do with the jersey...

Peyton Manning, 1998-2011

Who would've guessed, right?

The player who helped turn the Colts around and into a constant threat for a Super Bowl run was the player who everyone had a jersey of during his stay in Indy.  In fact, it felt like everyone at school wore a Manning jersey at some point during football season when I was a kid.

He was the four-time NFL MVP and a 12-time Pro Bowler who won the Super Bowl in 2006 and finished with almost 55,000 yards and 400 touchdowns while with the Colts.

Yes, there's no doubt that nearly everyone who is or was a Colts fan—and not just kids—have had a Manning jersey during their lifetime.


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