Puzzled NFL fans ask why Blue the Colts mascot was green this weekend

Joshua Rogers November 21, 2022
Puzzled NFL fans ask why Blue the Colts mascot was green this weekend
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Confused NFL fans were asking why Blue the Colts mascot was green this weekend as Indianapolis faced the Philadelphia Eagles.

Blue has been the official mascot of the Indianapolis Colts since 2006, where he replaced the somewhat questionable mascots known only as #1 and #2.

Blue is an anthropomorphic blue horse who often wears a white Colts jersey with a horseshoe on the front. He is a 2x winner of Mascot of the Year and is also in the Mascot Hall of Fame.

He is a fan favorite and does incredible work in the local community, visiting schools and hospitals. As his official bio reads: ‘As long as there are Colts fans, Blue will be found roaming the sidelines shaking his groove thing.’

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Puzzled NFL fans ask why Blue the Colts mascot was green this weekend

Somewhat unsurprisingly, Blue is the actual color blue, which is one of the main colors of the Indianapolis Colts. However, this weekend (November 20), during the Colts game vs the Philadelphia Eagles, the Colts mascot was green.

A number of fans on social media picked up on the fact that Blue was now green, and shared their confusion online:

It appears to be a nod to Salute to Service

While there hasn’t actually been any official confirmation from the Colts, it appears Blue was green this week in a nod to Salute to Service.

Salute to Service is the NFL’s year-round commitment to honor, empower, and connect with the nation’s service members, veterans, and their families. It was recently Veteran’s Day, and the NFL honored the men and women who have proudly served America by wearing olives green gear and hoodies, as well as ribbons on hats and helmets.

It appears Blue’s green new look is a continuation of the celebration of the military and to support the troops.

All around the NFL this Sunday fans celebrated Salute to Service:

It’s not the first time Blue has been green

It’s actually not the first time Blue has swapped his usual blue color for a decidedly greener hue. On November 20, 2016, Blue showed his support for the military during a game between the Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts:

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He did the same in 2019 too, wearing green during a game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium:

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He’ll no doubt be back to his blue best in the next few weeks, though.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.