JIM IRSAY STATEMENT

Colts owner Jim Irsay reflects on the lives of Myles Brand and Melvin Simon.

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"Myles Brand brought a new style of leadership to the NCAA. He understood that, in the end, scholarship is as important as athleticism and made changes in collegiate sports that are benefitting all young athletes. His death is too soon, but his positive impact on sports will last for many years to come." --Jim Irsay

"Despite his enormous success and wealth, Mel was a regular guy.  He treated everyone with respect, whether billionaire or bellcap.  That's the sign of a really good person.  I have long admired the way in which he honored his heritage and created a rich legacy through his generosity.  We should all be grateful that he chose Indianapolis when he left the Army as a young man and started his career.  He spent his life making his adopted hometown a better place, and we will always be in his debt."  --Jim Irsay

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