Jim Irsay

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

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
BornJune 13, 1959 (age 60)
Lincolnwood, Illinois, United States
ResidenceCarmel, Indiana
Nationality United States
EducationSouthern Methodist University
Known forowner of the Indianapolis Colts
Net worthIncreaseUS$2.7 billion (October 2018)[1]
Spouse(s)Meg Coyle (1980-2013, divorced)
ChildrenCarlie Irsay
Casey Irsay
Kalen Irsay
Parent(s)Robert Irsay
Harriet Pogorzelski

Early life and education

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.


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.

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."[6] Irsay has made political contributions to John Edwards and Harry Reid.

Personal life

Irsay married Meg Coyle in 1980, and the couple have three daughters, Carlie, Casey and Kalen. After being separated since 2003, Meg filed for divorce on November 21, 2013.[7]

On March 16, 2014, Irsay was arrested under suspicion of DUI and drug possession in Carmel, Indiana.[8][9] According to Indianapolis Star sports columnist Bob Kravitz, Irsay had an ongoing drug problem.[10] 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.[11][12]

Irsay's daughter, Carlie, took over the day-to-day operations of the Colts while he was in rehab.[13] 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.[14]

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. And on May 5, 2018, he purchased an original printing of the 1939 book Alcoholics Anonymous with notes handwritten by the author Bill Wilson, cofounder of AA, for $2.4 million at auction.[15]

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], Prince[17] and David Gilmour[18] as well as a Ludwig drum set belonging to Ringo Starr.[19] On June 20, 2019, Irsay paid a record $3.975M for a guitar, known as The Black Strat, formerly owned by Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour.


  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. ^ Swift, E.M. (December 15, 1986). "Now You See Him, Now You Don't". Sports Illustrated. 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". USA Today. Associated Press. 2008-07-12. Retrieved 2012-02-22.
  6. ^ "Colts owner says he's against Rush Limbaugh buying Rams". Latimesblogs.latimes.com. 2009-10-13. Retrieved 2012-02-22.
  7. ^ Chappell, Mike (November 21, 2013). "Wife of Colts owner Jim Irsay files for divorce". The Indianapolis Star. Retrieved 2014-09-04.
  8. ^ Brown, Kristen. "Jim Irsay arrested in Carmel". WISHTV.com. Retrieved 2014-03-18.
  9. ^ "Jim Irsay, Indianapolis Colts owner, arrested on suspected DWI - ESPN". Espn.go.com. 2008-01-01. Retrieved 2014-03-18.
  10. ^ March 17, 2014. "Kravitz: Jim Irsay fighting for his life, needs help". Indystar.com. Retrieved 2014-03-18.
  11. ^ Evans, Tim (2014-10-15). "The first look at the association between Jim Irsay and Kimberly Wundrum". indystar.com. Retrieved 2015-07-25.
  12. ^ Braziller, Zach (2014-10-16). "Ex-mistress overdose in background of Colts owner's pill arrest". nypost.com. Retrieved 2015-07-25.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ "NFL suspends Colts owner Jim Irsay for 6 games". Indystar.com. 2014-09-02. Retrieved 2017-06-29.
  15. ^ McCartney, Anthony (May 5, 2018). "Alcoholics Anonymous founding document sells for $2.4M". Yahoo! News. Associated Press. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  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. ^ Fieldstadt, Elisha (June 26, 2016). "'Yellow Cloud' Prince Guitar Bought by Jim Irsay for $137,500 at Auction". NBC News. Retrieved 2016-08-20.
  18. ^ "Jim Irsay sets auction record by spending $3.975 million for David Gilmour guitar". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved 2019-06-21.
  19. ^ Kreps, Daniel (December 6, 2015). "Colts Owner: Why I Paid $2.2 Million for Ringo Starr's Drum Kit". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 18 December 2017. reuniting Beatles' legendary instruments

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Indianapolis Colts principal owner
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1984 Indianapolis Colts season

The 1984 Indianapolis Colts season was the 32nd season for the team in the National Football League (NFL) and first in Indianapolis, as they relocated from Baltimore after the 1983 NFL season. The Colts finished the year with a record of 4 wins and 12 losses, and fourth in the AFC East division. In their inaugural game in Indianapolis, they lost 23-14 to the New York Jets and did not win their first game at Indianapolis until week 5, when they defeated the Buffalo Bills 31-17. The Colts would lose five games in a row (including another one to the Bills, who started the season 0-11 and finished 2-14) to end the season and miss the playoffs for the 7th straight season.

The Colts' 2,107 passing yards and 4,132 total yards gained on offense were the fewest in the league in 1984.

1985 Indianapolis Colts season

The 1985 Indianapolis Colts season was the 33rd season for the team in the National Football League (NFL) and second in Indianapolis. The Colts finished the year with a record of 5 wins and 11 losses, and fourth in the AFC East division. The Colts did improve on their 4-12 record from 1984, but missed the playoffs for the 8th straight season. This season was rather sluggish, as the Colts for most of the season alternated wins and losses. After starting out mediocre at 3-5, the Colts would then lose 6 straight to sit at 3-11 before winning their last 2 games to finish 5-11. This would be the only full season for head coach Rod Dowhower, as he was fired 13 games into the following season.

1986 Indianapolis Colts season

The 1986 Indianapolis Colts season was the 34th season for the team in the National Football League (NFL) and third in Indianapolis. The team finished the year with a record of 3 wins and 13 losses, and fifth in the AFC East division.

The 1986 Colts were the last team until the 2007 Miami Dolphins to lose their first thirteen games in a season. Head Coach Rod Dowhower was fired with three games left in the season and was replaced by Ron Meyer. It appeared that the Colts could be on their way to the NFL’s first anti-perfect season since the 1976 Buccaneers, and indeed there were many critics who argued that Colts wanted to go 0–16 to gain hot college quarterback prospect Vinny Testaverde, despite some fears Testaverde – like John Elway – would refuse to play for the team.However, at 0–13, the Colts defeated the Atlanta Falcons 28–13 in Week 14, by returning a blocked punt for a touchdown. They then won their last two games, to finish with three wins on the season. The Colts are the only team in NFL history to win the remainder of their games after starting winless.

1988 Indianapolis Colts season

The 1988 Indianapolis Colts season was the 36th season for the team in the National Football League (NFL) and fifth in Indianapolis. The team finished the year with a record of 9 wins and 7 losses, and tied for second in the AFC East division with the New England Patriots. However, the Colts finished ahead of New England based on better record against common opponents (7–5 to Patriots' 6–6).

1989 Indianapolis Colts season

The 1989 Indianapolis Colts season was the 37th season for the team in the National Football League and sixth in Indianapolis. The Indianapolis Colts finished the National Football League's 1989 season with a record of 8 wins and 8 losses, and finished tied for second in the AFC East division with the Miami Dolphins. However, the Colts finished ahead of Miami based on better conference record (7–5 vs. Dolphins' 6–8).

1999 Indianapolis Colts season

The 1999 Indianapolis Colts season was the 47th season for the team in the National Football League and 16th in Indianapolis. The Indianapolis Colts finished the National Football League's 1999 season with a record of 13 wins and 3 losses, and won the AFC East division. This season marked a turning point for the Colts franchise, who had only made the playoffs 3 times since 1977. Since 1999, the Colts have been one of the most successful NFL franchises, only missing the playoffs 5 times in the past 19 years. No other turnaround was as great as the 1999 Colts until the 2008 Miami Dolphins went from a 1-15 record to an 11-5 record and an AFC East title.

Despite completing a great turnaround from 3-13 to 13-3, the Colts would go on to lose to the eventual AFC Champion Tennessee Titans in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.

2000 Indianapolis Colts season

The 2000 Indianapolis Colts season was the 48th season for the team in the National Football League and 17th in Indianapolis. The Indianapolis Colts finished the National Football League's 2000 season with a record of 10 wins and 6 losses, and finished second in the AFC East division. However, their 2000 season was over as they lost in overtime to their division rival Miami Dolphins in the Wildcard round.

Much like last season, the Colts once again sent Peyton Manning, Edgerrin James and Marvin Harrison to the Pro Bowl at the end of the season.

2001 Indianapolis Colts season

The 2001 Indianapolis Colts season was the 49th season for the team in the National Football League and 18th in Indianapolis. The Indianapolis Colts finished the National Football League's 2001 season with a record of 6 wins and 10 losses, and finished fourth in the AFC East division. In the process the Colts allowed 486 points in sixteen games, an average of 30 points per match and the franchise worst since the infamous 1981 Colts who allowed 533. At the time only the aforementioned Colts, the 1980 Saints and the notorious 1966 Giants (in a 14-game schedule) had ever allowed more points. This would be the last time the Colts would miss the playoffs until 2011.

2002 Indianapolis Colts season

The 2002 Indianapolis Colts season was the 50th season for the team in the National Football League (NFL) and 19th in Indianapolis. The Colts made it to the playoffs after a one-year absence in 2001 when they finished with a 6–10 record and would not miss the playoffs again until 2011. The 2002 season marked the first for the Colts in the newly-formed AFC South after competing for 32 seasons in the AFC East. The season is memorable when the team hired former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy. He would later take the Colts to Super Bowl XLI after a successful 2006 season.

In the Wildcard round, the Colts were soundly embarrassed by the New York Jets, as they ended up losing the game 41-0. The Jets would go on to lose to the eventual AFC champion Oakland Raiders the following week.

2011 Indianapolis Colts season

The 2011 Indianapolis Colts season was the franchise’s 59th season in the National Football League, the 28th in Indianapolis and the third (and last) under head coach Jim Caldwell. The Colts were coming off a 10–6 record in 2010 and a second consecutive AFC South championship, as well as a ninth consecutive playoff appearance. In 2011, the Colts were looking to set an NFL record for the most consecutive playoff appearances (10) and be the first NFL team to play a Super Bowl in its home stadium (Super Bowl XLVI was held in Indianapolis).

The Colts had placed their franchise tag on star quarterback Peyton Manning before the season started but he sat out the entire season due to neck surgery. The Colts turned to retired quarterback Kerry Collins and then to Curtis Painter, neither of whom could fill Manning’s void. The team finished the season with a 2–14 record, the worst regular season record by a Colts team since 1991, and failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2001.

The Colts offense had weakened rapidly in 2011. They were 30th in the league in yards gained (compared to 4th in 2010), 27th in passing yards (compared to 1st in 2010), 29th in receiving yards (compared to 2nd in 2010), 28th in scoring (compared to 4th in 2010), and 28th in total touchdowns (compared to 2nd in 2010).

The Colts set a dubious NFL record on pass defense, by allowing 71.2% completed passes by opposing passers.On January 2, 2012, one day after the final game of the season, Colts owner Jim Irsay fired team Vice Chairman Bill Polian and his son, team Vice President and general manager Chris Polian. Irsay stated that the fate of head coach Jim Caldwell was still under review. On January 17, 2012, Irsay announced the firing of Caldwell as the head coach of the Colts. On March 7, 2012, Manning was released by the Colts. These moves marked the first major rebuilding of the team since the Polians had joined the team.

2019 Indianapolis Colts season

The 2019 Indianapolis Colts season will be the franchise's 67th season in the National Football League and their 36th in Indianapolis. It is also their second season under head coach Frank Reich and third under the leadership of general manager Chris Ballard.

The Colts will attempt to improve on their 10-6 campaign from last season that saw them make the playoffs for the first time since 2014 and quarterback Andrew Luck playing for the first time since 2016.

Chris Polian

Chris Polian is an American football executive. He was the vice president and general manager of the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League from 2009 to 2011.

On November 27, 2009, he was promoted by Colts owner Jim Irsay to his position. He had previously served in other roles in the Colts football operations. He concurrently extended his contract through the 2012 season. His father was the President of the team, Bill Polian. Both Polians were fired by Irsay following the 2011 season in which the team posted a 2–14 record. On May 2, 2013, he was hired by Jacksonville Jaguars as Director of Pro Personnel.

History of the Indianapolis Colts

The Indianapolis Colts are a professional American football team based in Indianapolis, Indiana. They play in the South Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The organization began play in 1953 as the Baltimore Colts with the team located in Baltimore, Maryland; it relocated to Indianapolis following the 1983 season.

Carroll Rosenbloom brought an NFL franchise to Baltimore in 1953 and owned the team until 1972 when he traded the franchise to Robert Irsay. The Baltimore Colts won the NFL Championship in 1958, 1959 and 1968, with the Colts losing to the New York Jets in Super Bowl III. The Colts won their first Super Bowl title in 1970 over the Dallas Cowboys. During this time the organization was led by star quarterback Johnny Unitas until 1973 when he was traded to the San Diego Chargers. Following disappointing seasons and poor fan attendance, the franchise moved to Indianapolis in 1984. While in Baltimore the team achieved ten postseason appearances and won four championships.

The Colts organization struggled in the early days in Indianapolis, compiling an 88–135 record from 1984 to 1997. During that time the Colts were led by seven different head coaches and seventeen different starting quarterbacks. The organization made three postseason appearances during the time, with the most success coming in 1995 and 1996 under quarterback Jim Harbaugh. The 1995 team made it to the AFC Championship Game, which they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Robert Irsay remained the principal owner of the Colts until his death in 1997 when the franchise was turned over to his son Jim Irsay, who is the current owner of the team.

Following a 3–13 season in 1997, the organization drafted quarterback Peyton Manning, who started for the Colts for thirteen seasons from 1998 until 2010. Under Manning the Colts saw their greatest success and during his time with the team made eleven postseason appearances, with nine consecutive appearances from 2002 to 2010. The Colts won eight division titles during this time along with two conference championships in 2006 and 2009. The Colts won their second Super Bowl title overall and their first while in Indianapolis during the 2006 season. From 1998 to 2011, the Colts were coached by Jim Mora, Tony Dungy and Jim Caldwell. Following a 2–14 record in 2011 when Manning had been sidelined for the whole season, the Peyton Manning era came to an end in 2012, when the organization released him following multiple neck surgeries. The Colts began to rebuild and drafted quarterback Andrew Luck.

Indianapolis Colts

The Indianapolis Colts are an American football team based in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) South division. Since the 2008 season, the Colts have played their games in Lucas Oil Stadium. Previously, the team had played for over two decades (1984–2007) at the RCA Dome. Since 1987, the Colts have been the host team for the NFL Scouting Combine.

The Colts have been a member club of the NFL since their founding in Baltimore in 1953. They were one of three NFL teams to join those of the American Football League (AFL) to form the AFC following the 1970 merger. While in Baltimore, the team advanced to the playoffs 10 times and won three NFL Championship games in 1958, 1959, and 1968. The Colts played in two Super Bowls while they were based in Baltimore, losing to the New York Jets in Super Bowl III and defeating the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl V. The Colts relocated to Indianapolis in 1984 and have since appeared in the playoffs 16 times, won two conference championships, and won one Super Bowl, in which they defeated the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI.

List of Indianapolis Colts seasons

The Indianapolis Colts, formerly the Baltimore Colts, are an American football team playing in the National Football League (NFL). This list documents the season-by-season records of the Colts franchise from 1953 to present, including postseason records and league awards for individual players or head coaches. In 1953, a Baltimore-based group led by Carroll Rosenbloom gained the rights to a new Baltimore franchise. Rosenbloom was granted an NFL team, and was awarded the holdings of the defunct Dallas Texans organization. The new team was named the Colts after the previous team that folded after the 1950 NFL season. After 31 seasons in Baltimore, Colts owner Robert Irsay moved the team to Indianapolis, Indiana.The Colts have won two Super Bowl championships (Super Bowl V and Super Bowl XLI). They also played in and lost Super Bowl III and Super Bowl XLIV. Before the AFL and NFL merged in 1970, they won three NFL Championships (1958, 1959, and 1968). By winning Super Bowl XLI the Colts became the first team that played its home games in a domed stadium to win a Super Bowl held in an outdoor stadium.After the Colts owner Jim Irsay hired Tony Dungy in 2002, the Colts made the playoffs for nine straight seasons. They won five straight AFC South titles from 2003 to 2007 and had seven consecutive seasons of 12 or more victories from 2003 to 2009, the first time that has been achieved in the NFL's 90-year history. Much of the team's success throughout the 2000s was attributed to the trio of general manager Bill Polian, coach Dungy, and quarterback Peyton Manning.In the 2013 season, the Colts secured their first division championship since Manning's departure and first under quarterback Andrew Luck and head coach Chuck Pagano.

Quenton Nelson

Quenton Nelson (born March 19, 1996) is an American football offensive guard for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Notre Dame and was drafted by the Colts in the first round (sixth overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft. As a rookie, Nelson was named a first-team All-Pro selection and voted to the Pro Bowl.

Robert Irsay

Robert Irsay (March 5, 1923 – January 14, 1997) was an American professional football team owner. He owned the National Football League's Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts franchise from 1972 until his death in 1997, and the Los Angeles Rams briefly in 1972.

The Black Strat

The Black Strat is the nickname for a black Fender Stratocaster guitar played by David Gilmour of the progressive rock band Pink Floyd. It appeared for the first time with Gilmour at the 1970 Bath Festival.

Virginia Halas McCaskey

Virginia Halas McCaskey (born January 5, 1923) is the principal owner of the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. She is the eldest child of former Bears coach and owner George Halas, who left the team to his daughter upon his death in 1983, and Minnie Bushing Halas. After the death of Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson in March 2014, she became the oldest owner in the NFL.Her formal title within the Bears organization is secretary of the board of directors. However, she is empowered to speak for the interests of her children and grandchildren, effectively giving her 80% ownership of the team.


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