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Jim Irsay, Owner & Chief Executive Officer


Indianapolis Colts Owner & CEO Jim Irsay embarks on his 46th season with the organization. His affiliation with the Colts dates back to 1972 when his father, Robert Irsay, acquired the team. Jim’s passion for winning and emphasis on sustained success has molded Indianapolis into one of the most successful franchises in the NFL. In addition to his commitment to winning, Irsay and his family are recognized as leaders in the community, spearheading many philanthropic endeavors.

 

Irsay took control of the franchise in 1995, becoming sole owner in 1997. In 22 years as the figurehead of the Colts, Indianapolis has experienced just four losing seasons, 10 division championships, two Super Bowl appearances and the team’s fourth world championship with a victory in Super Bowl XLI. The team’s 176-96 regular season record dating back to 2000 ranks second in the NFL. From 2000-09, the Colts produced 115 regular season wins, the most in a decade for any NFL club. Indianapolis also set an NFL record with 23 consecutive wins from 2008-09. Over the span of four seasons from 2012-15, the Colts won 16 consecutive games within the AFC South Division, which set an NFL record.

 

Irsay grew up with the Colts and talks sentimentally about those years of living with the team during summer camp, watching every game and riding the team bus. After he graduated from Southern Methodist University with a degree in broadcast journalism, he joined the franchise and worked in virtually every area, from ticket sales to public relations to football operations. When the Colts arrived in Indianapolis in 1984, Irsay was named general manager, the youngest to ever hold that job at age 24.

 

For Irsay, winning has always taken precedence. Following the conclusion of the 2016 campaign, he added a new leader in the organization with the signing of Chris Ballard as general manager. Ballard, a 16-year NFL personnel veteran, spent the last four seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs and helped assemble a team that won the fourth-most games in the league during that span. In addition, the Chiefs reached the playoffs on three occasions and won one AFC West Division title. During his time with the Chicago Bears, Ballard and the team made four playoff appearances, won four NFC North titles, reached the NFC Championship Game twice and played in Super Bowl XLI.

 

“The organization is really excited. Chris’ enthusiasm rubs off quickly and I know that his optimism is going to turn into reality. The Colts are a much better football team today,” said Irsay.

 

Ballard joins Head Coach Chuck Pagano who was hired by Irsay in 2012. In five seasons at the helm, Pagano has recorded a 49-31 record and his .613 winning percentage ranks fifth among active head coaches in the NFL with a minimum of two seasons. From 2012-14, the Colts recorded three consecutive 11-5 seasons and playoff appearances. In 2014, the Colts earned their second consecutive division title while posting a perfect 6-0 record against AFC South foes for the second straight year. The season was capped with an appearance in the AFC Championship Game, the team’s first since 2009.

 

The Colts entered the 2012 season following a 2-14 mark the previous year. Led by the No. 1 overall draft pick, Andrew Luck and new talent from the draft and free agency combined, the Colts were ready to show fans a new level of play and energy. What no one expected was the news that broke just three games into the regular season. Pagano had been diagnosed with leukemia and was undergoing treatment at the IU Simon Cancer Center. The team, community and country rallied behind Pagano and his eventual return to the field in the regular season finale. The Colts used their coach as motivation and extended the season for his return by reaching the playoffs. The nine-win improvement from the 2011 season is tied for the third-best in NFL history.

 

The Colts took an active approach to the 2017 offseason and signed 11 unrestricted free agents with a goal to strengthen competition and talent on both sides of the ball. Additionally, Indianapolis made eight selections in the NFL Draft, which focused primarily on defense. The team’s first round pick was spent on safety Malik Hooker who was named a unanimous First Team All-America choice in 2016 after leading the nation with three interception returns for touchdowns.

 

This year marks the team’s 10th season at Lucas Oil Stadium, one of America’s finest sports venues and winner of numerous accolades and awards. All eyes were focused on the City of Indianapolis and the stadium when Super Bowl XLVI came to town. Largely regarded as one of the most successful Super Bowls ever, the event generated hundreds of millions of dollars in economic impact, not to mention worldwide exposure for the city and state.

A hallmark of Jim Irsay’s tenure of stewardship was the 2006 season, when the Indianapolis Colts won Super Bowl XLI with a 29-17 victory over Chicago. Following its triumphant title return, the team was welcomed by a raucous crowd lining downtown streets and filling the RCA Dome. Irsay responded by sending the Lombardi Trophy on a tour throughout Indiana. The 50-stop, 3,130-mile tour gave fans an opportunity to see, touch and have pictures taken with the trophy. That fall, he created a once-in-a lifetime opportunity for fans to compete for one-of-five authentic Super Bowl rings. The effort raised more than $225,000 for charity and entertained thousands who witnessed the 10 finalists take their chance to pick one-of-five treasure chests that contained a ring inscribed with, “Colts Fan.”

 

A strong advocate of the NFL’s history, tradition and principles, Irsay is an actively participating owner. He chairs the League’s Legislative Committee and serves on both the Finance Committee and the Super Bowl Advisory Committee. He also has served on the Executive Committee of the Management Council and the Pro-College Relations Committee. Additionally, Irsay was a member of the Realignment Working Group and the Working Club Executive Committee that authored the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement in 1993.

 

Irsay oversees the team’s extensive contributions program. In their home city and state, the Irsay family is active in supporting programs that address health and wellness, community development, cancer research and the arts, including support for the recently named Irsay Family YMCA in downtown Indianapolis. Although football has been the focus of Irsay’s professional life, he is also a music aficionado who collects rare guitars including, Les Paul’s 1954 Gibson “Black Beauty,” Jerry Garcia’s “Tiger,” the Fender Stratocaster that Bob Dylan played at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, Prince’s “Yellow Cloud” and one of George Harrison’s personal guitars. He is also an Americana fan who collects rare historical documents, including Jack Kerouac’s original manuscript of On the Road.

 

Irsay has three daughters, Carlie Irsay-Gordon, Casey Foyt and Kalen Jackson, as well as seven grandchildren. All three daughters represent the next generation of ownership for the Indianapolis Colts as each was promoted to the position of vice chair/owner in March of 2012.

 

In reflecting on the organization, Jim Irsay says, “I could not be prouder of our franchise. Our fans, far and near, will witness and enjoy many years of success on and off the field. We have the best fans in the NFL and our goal is to continue our position as one of the most consistently ‘best’ teams in the league.”


Jim Irsay, Owner & Chief Executive Officer


Indianapolis Colts Owner & CEO Jim Irsay embarks on his 46th season with the organization. His affiliation with the Colts dates back to 1972 when his father, Robert Irsay, acquired the team. Jim’s passion for winning and emphasis on sustained success has molded Indianapolis into one of the most successful franchises in the NFL. In addition to his commitment to winning, Irsay and his family are recognized as leaders in the community, spearheading many philanthropic endeavors.

 

Irsay took control of the franchise in 1995, becoming sole owner in 1997. In 22 years as the figurehead of the Colts, Indianapolis has experienced just four losing seasons, 10 division championships, two Super Bowl appearances and the team’s fourth world championship with a victory in Super Bowl XLI. The team’s 176-96 regular season record dating back to 2000 ranks second in the NFL. From 2000-09, the Colts produced 115 regular season wins, the most in a decade for any NFL club. Indianapolis also set an NFL record with 23 consecutive wins from 2008-09. Over the span of four seasons from 2012-15, the Colts won 16 consecutive games within the AFC South Division, which set an NFL record.

 

Irsay grew up with the Colts and talks sentimentally about those years of living with the team during summer camp, watching every game and riding the team bus. After he graduated from Southern Methodist University with a degree in broadcast journalism, he joined the franchise and worked in virtually every area, from ticket sales to public relations to football operations. When the Colts arrived in Indianapolis in 1984, Irsay was named general manager, the youngest to ever hold that job at age 24.

 

For Irsay, winning has always taken precedence. Following the conclusion of the 2016 campaign, he added a new leader in the organization with the signing of Chris Ballard as general manager. Ballard, a 16-year NFL personnel veteran, spent the last four seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs and helped assemble a team that won the fourth-most games in the league during that span. In addition, the Chiefs reached the playoffs on three occasions and won one AFC West Division title. During his time with the Chicago Bears, Ballard and the team made four playoff appearances, won four NFC North titles, reached the NFC Championship Game twice and played in Super Bowl XLI.

 

“The organization is really excited. Chris’ enthusiasm rubs off quickly and I know that his optimism is going to turn into reality. The Colts are a much better football team today,” said Irsay.

 

Ballard joins Head Coach Chuck Pagano who was hired by Irsay in 2012. In five seasons at the helm, Pagano has recorded a 49-31 record and his .613 winning percentage ranks fifth among active head coaches in the NFL with a minimum of two seasons. From 2012-14, the Colts recorded three consecutive 11-5 seasons and playoff appearances. In 2014, the Colts earned their second consecutive division title while posting a perfect 6-0 record against AFC South foes for the second straight year. The season was capped with an appearance in the AFC Championship Game, the team’s first since 2009.

 

The Colts entered the 2012 season following a 2-14 mark the previous year. Led by the No. 1 overall draft pick, Andrew Luck and new talent from the draft and free agency combined, the Colts were ready to show fans a new level of play and energy. What no one expected was the news that broke just three games into the regular season. Pagano had been diagnosed with leukemia and was undergoing treatment at the IU Simon Cancer Center. The team, community and country rallied behind Pagano and his eventual return to the field in the regular season finale. The Colts used their coach as motivation and extended the season for his return by reaching the playoffs. The nine-win improvement from the 2011 season is tied for the third-best in NFL history.

 

The Colts took an active approach to the 2017 offseason and signed 11 unrestricted free agents with a goal to strengthen competition and talent on both sides of the ball. Additionally, Indianapolis made eight selections in the NFL Draft, which focused primarily on defense. The team’s first round pick was spent on safety Malik Hooker who was named a unanimous First Team All-America choice in 2016 after leading the nation with three interception returns for touchdowns.

 

This year marks the team’s 10th season at Lucas Oil Stadium, one of America’s finest sports venues and winner of numerous accolades and awards. All eyes were focused on the City of Indianapolis and the stadium when Super Bowl XLVI came to town. Largely regarded as one of the most successful Super Bowls ever, the event generated hundreds of millions of dollars in economic impact, not to mention worldwide exposure for the city and state.

A hallmark of Jim Irsay’s tenure of stewardship was the 2006 season, when the Indianapolis Colts won Super Bowl XLI with a 29-17 victory over Chicago. Following its triumphant title return, the team was welcomed by a raucous crowd lining downtown streets and filling the RCA Dome. Irsay responded by sending the Lombardi Trophy on a tour throughout Indiana. The 50-stop, 3,130-mile tour gave fans an opportunity to see, touch and have pictures taken with the trophy. That fall, he created a once-in-a lifetime opportunity for fans to compete for one-of-five authentic Super Bowl rings. The effort raised more than $225,000 for charity and entertained thousands who witnessed the 10 finalists take their chance to pick one-of-five treasure chests that contained a ring inscribed with, “Colts Fan.”

 

A strong advocate of the NFL’s history, tradition and principles, Irsay is an actively participating owner. He chairs the League’s Legislative Committee and serves on both the Finance Committee and the Super Bowl Advisory Committee. He also has served on the Executive Committee of the Management Council and the Pro-College Relations Committee. Additionally, Irsay was a member of the Realignment Working Group and the Working Club Executive Committee that authored the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement in 1993.

 

Irsay oversees the team’s extensive contributions program. In their home city and state, the Irsay family is active in supporting programs that address health and wellness, community development, cancer research and the arts, including support for the recently named Irsay Family YMCA in downtown Indianapolis. Although football has been the focus of Irsay’s professional life, he is also a music aficionado who collects rare guitars including, Les Paul’s 1954 Gibson “Black Beauty,” Jerry Garcia’s “Tiger,” the Fender Stratocaster that Bob Dylan played at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, Prince’s “Yellow Cloud” and one of George Harrison’s personal guitars. He is also an Americana fan who collects rare historical documents, including Jack Kerouac’s original manuscript of On the Road.

 

Irsay has three daughters, Carlie Irsay-Gordon, Casey Foyt and Kalen Jackson, as well as seven grandchildren. All three daughters represent the next generation of ownership for the Indianapolis Colts as each was promoted to the position of vice chair/owner in March of 2012.

 

In reflecting on the organization, Jim Irsay says, “I could not be prouder of our franchise. Our fans, far and near, will witness and enjoy many years of success on and off the field. We have the best fans in the NFL and our goal is to continue our position as one of the most consistently ‘best’ teams in the league.”