My father never played a down of football in Indianapolis. To have him and his Baltimore teammates any way associated with the Indianapolis Colts is simply a bold faced lie by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The reason Hall of Fames exist is so people can learn the history of the sports they represent. The Pro Football Hall of Fame is ignoring the history of Baltimore football and the men that helped make professional football what it is today.

Joe Unitas
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"Our problem as retired Baltimore Colts is that we have no heritage left and many retired Colts have made their home in Baltimore and Maryland. We did not play in Indy and only want our history back. I for one like Unitas, Moore, Berry, Marchetti, Donovan. etc. have numerous records in the Indy press guide. I would like them to stand alone, just like the Indy players would like records to stand alone."

I wanted to see Peyton Manning win the Super Bowl. I played against his Father Archie and think that the Manning Family is indeed the first family of the NFL."

Bruce Laird, retired Baltimore Colt


"We don't rewrite history. We merely present it."

Joe Horrigan, Vice President, Communications/Exhibits, Pro Football Hall of Fame


"Separating the two distinct eras of Colts football is the right thing for the Pro Football Hall of Fame to do. For natives of the City of Baltimore such as myself, the Colts franchise died the night the Mayflower trucks rolled out of town in March of 1984.

Similarly, one has to believe that the good people of Indianapolis feel that their NFL history began when those trucks arrived. The people of Baltimore played a crucial role in establishing the identity of the franchise and in turn helped raise the popularity of the league - their role deserves to be recognized in Canton."

Tony Moss, NFL Editor/Columnist, The Sports Network


"I've lived and worked my entire life in Baltimore and have been a sportswriter and broadcaster for almost 28 multi-award-winning years, so few know as well as I do how passionate this town is about this issue.

Whenever I meet an out-of-town writer who comes in to do a Ravens game, there's one phrase I always use: "Baltimore is a town of strong loyalties and long memories." Some might read that and think that Charm City should "get over it." That's symptomatic of what I call the "superficial society," that majority of people who care only about living in the moment and not revering the past.

To think that the Hall of Fame of the sport that put Baltimore on the map -- the city that put the league on the map, for all intents and purposes -- lumps everything under Indianapolis is shameful and unnecessary. It should have been changed long ago, but I certainly welcome any effort to do so now."

Joe Platania, PressBox


Museums by nature should present history accurately. The Hall of Fame fails to do that with the Baltimore Colts. Please do the right thing.

Jim Mutscheller


I'm a HUGE Steelers fan and HATE the Ravens, but I think it's absolutely ridiculous for a franchise to take a team's history with it if it chooses to leave the city. If the Penguins do it to Pittsburgh, I'll be furious. The history and success of the Baltimore Colts belongs in Baltimore.

Diane, Pittsburgh


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