Baltimore Colts (AAFC)

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The Memorial Stadium in Baltimore

The Baltimore Colts were an American football team that played in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) from 1947 to 1949 and briefly served in the National Football League (NFL) in 1950 . The team played their home games in Baltimore , Maryland , at Memorial Stadium .


In 1944, the AAFC was launched as a competitive league for the National Football League. The league was founded by a sports journalist from Chicago , who was able to gather numerous investors interested in football. The league awarded a total of eight franchises . One franchise went to Miami, where the Miami Seahawks originated. The league started playing in 1946. After this season, the Seahawks were withdrawn from the AAFC and awarded a new franchise to compensate for Baltimore.



The Maryland team's first coach was Cecil Isbell , who would later become a member of the College Football Hall of Fame . Isbell has had a disappointing season with his team. Only two of 14 games were won. The team had nothing to do with the outcome of the championship.


In 1948, the AAFC introduced play-off games . Before the season, the Colts could significantly strengthen with the quarterback Y. A. Tittle . Tittle, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971 , threw 16 touchdown passes that season . The Colts won seven of 14 games and qualified for the play-off games. Opponents were the Buffalo Bills , who prevailed with 28:17.


The 1949 season started disastrously for the Colts. The first four games were lost and Isbell was fired. Walt Driskill took over as coach. But he couldn't prevent only one game from being won. After the season, the AAFC stopped their game operations. The Colts were accepted into the NFL.


In 1950, Clem Crowe took over as coach. The team was unsuccessful. After only one win in the season, the team got into financial difficulties and had to stop playing after the round.

Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Other well-known players

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Annual statistics of the Colts 1947
  2. Annual statistics of the Colts 1948
  3. ^ Play-off game statistics 1948
  4. Annual statistics of the Colts 1949
  5. ^ Annual statistics of the Colts 1950