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Irsay announces dismissal of Grigson
Irsay announces dismissal of Grigson
Published: 2017/01/21
Channel: indystarsports
Police Release Jim Irsay DUI Arrest Video
Police Release Jim Irsay DUI Arrest Video
Published: 2014/10/17
Channel: Associated Press
Stephen A. Smith Blasts Colts Owner Jim Irsay, Calls Him
Stephen A. Smith Blasts Colts Owner Jim Irsay, Calls Him 'Insane' | First Take | March 29, 2017
Published: 2017/03/29
Channel: ESPN
What Advice Did Jim Irsay Give Barstool Heartland
What Advice Did Jim Irsay Give Barstool Heartland's Pat McAfee On Being a Boss?
Published: 2017/02/07
Channel: The BOB & TOM Show
Jim Irsay
Jim Irsay's bumbling response regarding Peyton Manning
Published: 2013/10/16
Channel: Warren Sharp
One-on-one with Jim Irsay
One-on-one with Jim Irsay
Published: 2016/02/03
Channel: RTV6 The Indy Channel
Episode 14: Pat McAfee Show with Jim Irsay
Episode 14: Pat McAfee Show with Jim Irsay
Published: 2013/12/04
Channel: indystarsports
Colts Owner Jim Irsay Drunk Driving Arrest Video
Colts Owner Jim Irsay Drunk Driving Arrest Video
Published: 2014/10/17
Channel: PoliceCenter
Colts GM is a great job despite Jim Irsay
Colts GM is a great job despite Jim Irsay's quirkiness | THE HERD
Published: 2017/01/23
Channel: The Herd with Colin Cowherd
Was Jim Irsay out of line?
Was Jim Irsay out of line?
Published: 2013/10/17
Channel: FOX Sports
Bill Burr goes off on Jim Irsay and the Colts
Bill Burr goes off on Jim Irsay and the Colts
Published: 2015/01/25
Channel: Jay Reffner
While You Were Sleeping: Was Jim Irsay
While You Were Sleeping: Was Jim Irsay's Twitter Hacked?
Published: 2017/06/29
Channel: NESN
Tony Dungy on Jim Irsay
Tony Dungy on Jim Irsay
Published: 2014/03/20
Channel: All Pro Dad
Kobra Kai ( Ricky Freezer BPZ Spacedad ) - Jim Irsay
Kobra Kai ( Ricky Freezer BPZ Spacedad ) - Jim Irsay
Published: 2014/10/14
Channel: NoCoast Entertainment
Fran Tarkenton on Jim Irsay
Fran Tarkenton on Jim Irsay's Peyton Manning Comments
Published: 2013/10/16
Channel: Fran Tarkenton
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It's Time For Jim Irsay To Step Back And Hire A President Of Football Operations
Published: 2017/09/12
Channel: Luke Diamond Indianapolis Colts
Jim Irsay Is Wrong About Peyton Manning
Jim Irsay Is Wrong About Peyton Manning
Published: 2013/10/16
Channel: FOX Sports
Photo of nude woman appears on Colts owner Jim Irsay’s Twitter page
Photo of nude woman appears on Colts owner Jim Irsay’s Twitter page
Published: 2017/06/29
Channel: WISH TV
Jim Irsay
Jim Irsay's arrest highlights growing problem
Published: 2014/03/18
Channel: RTV6 The Indy Channel
Colts owner Jim Irsay says there
Colts owner Jim Irsay says there's a 'real want' for NFL in Vegas
Published: 2016/12/15
Channel: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Jim Irsay
Jim Irsay's Past Issues With Addiction
Published: 2014/03/18
Channel: Mellisa Johnson
Bill Burr - Brady Decision / Jim Irsay
Bill Burr - Brady Decision / Jim Irsay
Published: 2015/09/04
Channel: MMPC
Jim Irsay gives status update for QB Andrew Luck
Jim Irsay gives status update for QB Andrew Luck
Published: 2017/08/13
Channel: indystarsports
Jim Irsay on releasing Peyton Manning
Jim Irsay on releasing Peyton Manning
Published: 2012/03/07
Channel: The News-Sentinel
Bill Burr - Email: Tom Brady & Jim Irsay
Bill Burr - Email: Tom Brady & Jim Irsay
Published: 2016/05/02
Channel: MMPC
Peyton Manning Broncos 2013 Criticism - Jim Irsay
Peyton Manning Broncos 2013 Criticism - Jim Irsay
Published: 2013/10/17
Channel: TYT Sports
WATCH: Peyton Manning and Jim Irsay Press Conference
WATCH: Peyton Manning and Jim Irsay Press Conference
Published: 2016/03/18
Channel: RTV6 The Indy Channel
Pat McAfee Show: Jim Irsay talks Pat
Pat McAfee Show: Jim Irsay talks Pat's contract
Published: 2013/12/04
Channel: indystarsports
Jim Irsay: Grigson Fired Presser SPOOF (Use Headphones If Audio Isn
Jim Irsay: Grigson Fired Presser SPOOF (Use Headphones If Audio Isn't Working!)
Published: 2017/02/07
Channel: Luke Diamond Indianapolis Colts
4-One on One: Jim Irsay
4-One on One: Jim Irsay
Published: 2011/05/30
Channel: wndy
Colts owner Jim Irsay pleads guilty to misdemeanor OWI charge
Colts owner Jim Irsay pleads guilty to misdemeanor OWI charge
Published: 2014/09/02
Channel: RTV6 The Indy Channel
Colts owner Jim Irsay arrested
Colts owner Jim Irsay arrested
Published: 2014/03/18
Channel: WTHR
Surveillance footage shows Colts owner Jim Irsay in jail after DUI arrest
Surveillance footage shows Colts owner Jim Irsay in jail after DUI arrest
Published: 2014/03/17
Channel: New York Daily News
ESPN First Take - Is Jim Irsay Wasting Away Andrew Luck
ESPN First Take - Is Jim Irsay Wasting Away Andrew Luck's Career?
Published: 2016/12/15
Channel: First Take
Pat McAfee, Jim Irsay add to Delphi murders reward
Pat McAfee, Jim Irsay add to Delphi murders reward
Published: 2017/03/01
Channel: RTV6 The Indy Channel
Interview with Jim Irsay - On the Road Text Script - IMA
Interview with Jim Irsay - On the Road Text Script - IMA
Published: 2008/06/26
Channel: Indianapolis Museum of Art
Fan Perspective Vs Employee Perspective On Jim Irsay [For The COLTure Ep. 2]
Fan Perspective Vs Employee Perspective On Jim Irsay [For The COLTure Ep. 2]
Published: 2017/02/23
Channel: Luke Diamond Indianapolis Colts
Did Jim Irsay poke the bear?
Did Jim Irsay poke the bear?
Published: 2013/10/20
Channel: CBS Sports
Report: Jim Irsay, Ryan Grigson Have Heated Words After Colts
Report: Jim Irsay, Ryan Grigson Have Heated Words After Colts' Loss
Published: 2015/10/26
Channel: NESN
Colts owner Jim Irsay released after arrest on 2 charges
Colts owner Jim Irsay released after arrest on 2 charges
Published: 2014/03/17
Channel: RTV6 The Indy Channel
Jim Irsay Unsure Of Andrew Luck
Jim Irsay Unsure Of Andrew Luck's Status, Never Considered Kaepernick | SI Wire | Sports Illustrated
Published: 2017/08/14
Channel: Sports Illustrated
Kobra Kai - Jim Irsay
Kobra Kai - Jim Irsay
Published: 2015/06/01
Channel: B's Channel
Jim Irsay Buys Prince
Jim Irsay Buys Prince's 'Yellow Cloud' guitar
Published: 2016/06/29
Channel: Bill Mills
Lisa Yui Discusses Artur Schnabel on Morning Irsay (WBAI-FM July 2016)
Lisa Yui Discusses Artur Schnabel on Morning Irsay (WBAI-FM July 2016)
Published: 2016/08/05
Channel: LivesOfThePiano
D.A. says Jim Irsay is a disaster and needs to have his Twitter taken away
D.A. says Jim Irsay is a disaster and needs to have his Twitter taken away
Published: 2017/06/29
Channel: CBS Sports Radio
Jim Irsay w/John Mellencamp, Stephen Stills, Mike Mills - Turn The Page
Jim Irsay w/John Mellencamp, Stephen Stills, Mike Mills - Turn The Page
Published: 2010/04/21
Channel: MikeMillsTribute
Colts Owner Jim Irsay Looks Like a Mess in His DUI Arrest Video
Colts Owner Jim Irsay Looks Like a Mess in His DUI Arrest Video
Published: 2014/10/22
Channel: Complex News
Pat McAfee fumbles the George Harrison guitar owned by Colts owner Jim Irsay
Pat McAfee fumbles the George Harrison guitar owned by Colts owner Jim Irsay
Published: 2015/11/10
Channel: The BOB & TOM Show
Ray Rice, Jim Irsay, and Sexism in Sports
Ray Rice, Jim Irsay, and Sexism in Sports
Published: 2014/07/30
Channel: Keith Olbermann
Jim Irsay Arrested for DUI, Colts Owner arrested!
Jim Irsay Arrested for DUI, Colts Owner arrested!
Published: 2014/03/17
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James Irsay
Irsay smiling next to Bush, holding a Stetson hat with a Colts logo on it
Irsay (left) with President George W. Bush in April 2007
Born June 13, 1959 (1959-06-13) (age 58)
Lincolnwood, Illinois, United States
Residence Carmel, Indiana
Nationality United States
Education Southern Methodist University
Known for owner of the Indianapolis Colts
Net worth IncreaseUS$2.3 billion (September 2015)[1]
Spouse(s) Meg Coyle (1980-2013, divorced)
Children Carlie Irsay
Casey Irsay
Kalen Irsay
Parent(s) Robert Irsay
Harriet Pogorzelski

James Irsay (born June 13, 1959) is the owner and CEO of the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League.

Early life and education[edit]

Irsay was born in Lincolnwood, Illinois, the son of Harriet (née Pogorzelski) and Chicago businessman Robert Irsay.[2] His father was from a Hungarian Jewish[3] family and his mother was the daughter of Polish Catholic immigrants. Irsay was raised Catholic, and did not know about his father's Jewish heritage until he was fourteen.[4][5] Jim's brother, Thomas, was born with a mental disability and died in 1999, and his sister, Roberta, died in a car accident in 1971. Irsay attended high school at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois a suburb just north of Chicago, Illinois and at Mercersburg Academy '78, Mercersburg, Pennsylvania. After high school, he attended, and graduated from, Southern Methodist University in 1982 with a degree in broadcast journalism. Irsay played linebacker for the SMU Mustangs football team as a walk-on, but an ankle injury ended his playing career.

Career[edit]

Irsay was 12 years old when his father, Robert Irsay, purchased the Baltimore Colts. After graduating from SMU in 1982 he joined the Colts' professional staff. He was named Vice President and General Manager in 1984, one month after the Colts relocated from Baltimore, to Indianapolis. After his father suffered a stroke in 1995, Jim assumed day-to-day management with the role of Senior Executive Vice President, General Manager and Chief Operating Officer in April 1996. When his father died in 1997 Jim engaged in a legal battle with his stepmother over ownership of the team, but later became the youngest NFL team owner at that time at 37.

Under Irsay's ownership, the Indianapolis Colts have had substantial success and stability thanks to the play of quarterbacks Peyton Manning, drafted in 1998, and Andrew Luck, drafted in 2012.

Irsay's most notable contributions to NFL operations have come through petitioning the commissioner to institute rule changes and penalties. After a playoff loss to the New England Patriots in 2003 in which Peyton Manning threw four interceptions, Irsay petitioned the NFL Competition Committee, a committee that included Indianapolis Colts president Bill Polian to make rules on pass interference stricter. Likewise Irsay and Bill Polian advocated rule changes that would lower the threshold for what constitutes a "roughing the passer" penalty. Such advocacy was considered controversial given Polian's role on the committee and the perception that the rules would disproportionately favor the Indianapolis Colts in relation to the league's other member clubs.[6] Similarly in 2015, after losing to the New England Patriots in the playoffs in consecutive years, Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson initiated a complaint to the NFL about an alleged equipment violation.

But Irsay has also lobbied to protect the image of the NFL. In 2009 Irsay was vocal about preventing a group that included talk-show host Rush Limbaugh from purchasing the St. Louis Rams. "I, myself, couldn't even consider voting for him," Irsay said at an NFL owners meeting. "When there are comments that have been made that are inappropriate, incendiary and insensitive... our words do damage, and it's something we don't need."[7] Irsay has made political contributions to John Edwards and Harry Reid.

Personal life[edit]

Irsay married Meg Coyle in 1980, and the couple have three daughters, Carlie, Casey and Kalen. Despite being separated since 2003, Meg filed for divorce on November 21, 2013.[8]

On March 16, 2014, Irsay was arrested under suspicion of DUI and drug possession in Carmel, Indiana.[9][10] According to Indianapolis Star sports columnist Bob Kravitz, Irsay had an ongoing drug problem.[11] This was highlighted when it was later revealed that Irsay's mistress, Kimberly Wundrum, had overdosed and died in a house that Irsay controversially purchased with money belonging to the Indianapolis Colts.[12][13]

Irsay's daughter, Carlie, took over the day-to-day operations of the Colts while he was in rehab.[14] On September 2, 2014, shortly after pleading guilty to OWI and being sentenced to one year of probation, Irsay was suspended by the NFL for six games and fined $500,000.[15]

Outside of football, Irsay has made notable investments in music and memorabilia. In 2001 Irsay purchased the original manuscript of On the Road, or "the scroll": a continuous, one hundred twenty-foot scroll of tracing paper sheets that Jack Kerouac cut to size and taped together, for $2.43 million. Irsay is a big fan of British rock band The Who. Irsay also has purchased guitars originally owned by Elvis Presley,[16] George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia[16] and Prince[17] as well as a Ludwig drum set belonging to Ringo Starr.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Profile, James Irsay". Forbes.com. Retrieved 2017-06-29. 
  2. ^ O'Neill, John R. (1997-01-15). "Robert Irsay obituary". .indystar.com. Archived from the original on 2007-01-25. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  3. ^ "Now You See Him, Now You Don't". Sportsillustrated.cnn.com. Archived from the original on August 5, 2010. 
  4. ^ "The Colts' Jewish roots - Israel Culture, Ynetnews". Ynetnews.com. 1995-06-20. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  5. ^ "Mother of Colts owner dies at age 87". Usatoday.Com. 2008-07-12. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  6. ^ Battista, Judy (2007-01-19). "The Rules are Different, but a Rivalry Remains". nytimes.com. Retrieved 2015-07-25. 
  7. ^ "Colts owner says he's against Rush Limbaugh buying Rams - latimes.com". Latimesblogs.latimes.com. 2009-10-13. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  8. ^ Chappell, Mike. "Wife of Colts owner Jim Irsay files for divorce". Retrieved 2014-09-04. 
  9. ^ Brown, Kristen. "Jim Irsay arrested in Carmel". WISHTV.com. Retrieved 2014-03-18. 
  10. ^ "Jim Irsay, Indianapolis Colts owner, arrested on suspected DWI - ESPN". Espn.go.com. 2008-01-01. Retrieved 2014-03-18. 
  11. ^ March 17, 2014. "Kravitz: Jim Irsay fighting for his life, needs help". Indystar.com. Retrieved 2014-03-18. 
  12. ^ Evans, Tim (2014-10-15). "The first look at the association between Jim Irsay and Kimberly Wundrum". indystar.com. Retrieved 2015-07-25. 
  13. ^ Braziller, Zach (2014-10-16). "Ex-mistress overdose in background of Colts owner's pill arrest". nypost.com. Retrieved 2015-07-25. 
  14. ^ Edholm, Eric (March 18, 2014). "Report: Jim Irsay's daughter, Carlie, to take over Colts' day-to-day operations". sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  15. ^ "NFL suspends Colts owner Jim Irsay for 6 games". Indystar.com. 2014-09-02. Retrieved 2017-06-29. 
  16. ^ a b Battista, Judy (February 3, 2016). "Irsay Can Get Satisfaction as the Laid-Back Owner of the Colts". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-01-17. 
  17. ^ "'Yellow Cloud' Prince Guitar Bought by Jim Irsay for $137,500 at Auction". Retrieved 2016-08-20. 

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Preceded by
Robert Irsay
Indianapolis Colts principal owner
1997–present
Succeeded by
incumbent

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