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Indianapolis Colts' Andrew Luck throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Indianapolis. (A.J. Mast/AP)
Colts celebrate 30 years in Indiana
Posted on March 29, 2014 at 12:15 a.m.

Thirty years ago Saturday, the Colts traded their Baltimore home for one in Indianapolis, putting them at the center of one of the most controversial moves in NFL history. 

The team's last truck left the east coast in the snowy, early morning hours of March 29, 1984, ESPN reported. Fourteen Mayflower trucks left in the night, secretively – Colts employees were told to tell no one, The Indianapolis Star reported.

The Colts had been in Baltimore since 1946, their website said

Colts owner Robert Irsay had been looking to relocate the team for some time, the Star reported. He'd been in discussions with several cities besides Indianapolis, due in part to Baltimore trying to push a bill through the Maryland legislature that would have enforced eminent domain on the team, the Star reported

Despite rumors that the Colts were going to leave, Baltimore was left in a state of shock – grown men and women cried, and people drove around the city with their headlights on as if in mourning, ESPN reported.

Though there are still some hard feelings in Baltimore 30 years later, both the Colts and city's new team, the Ravens, have had some big wins since the controversial move. The wound is healing – albeit, slowly.

To read more about the Colts' move from Baltimore, check out The Indianapolis Star's story

Do you remember the Colts' move to Indianapolis? What memories do you have of it?