Colts announce new secondary logo and minor uniform changes to honor home state

INDIANAPOLIS — The Colts will honor their past and their home state with a slightly different look to their uniforms next season.

The Colts have kept their uniforms relatively traditional — other than their Color Rush gear — going back to the days when the franchise was in Baltimore. But they announced Monday that they’ve added a new logo style to go with their primary horseshoe logo.

One of the most noticeable changes will be the “C” on the uniform. Instead of using a traditional “C,” it will have the outline of Indiana on the interior part of the letter as the franchise honors the entire state. There are also seven grommets around the “C” to represent the horseshoe. That logo is being added to the inside of the neckline of the uniform.

“The Horseshoe remains our most timeless mark, worn by some of the greatest players in NFL history and loved by some of football’s greatest fans, Colts Nation,” Colts vice chair/owner Carlie Irsay-Gordon said in a statement. “These new logos — particularly our new Indiana logo — honor our rich history, cement our real and lasting connection to Indiana and embrace the exciting future that lies ahead.”

The Colts are going back to their Baltimore days — they moved to Indianapolis in 1984 — with the shape of the numbers on the uniform. The numbers will be more block formatted to emulate the way they were during the 1950s and 1960s, when Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas was quarterback for the franchise.

Philip Rivers will be the Colts’ quarterback when they wear the new uniforms next season. Rivers signed a one-year, $25 million contract with Indianapolis in March after spending the first 16 years of his career with the Chargers.