Jim Irsay is the owner and CEO of the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League. He was born on June 13, 1959 in Lincolnwood,Illinois. His father, Robert Irsay, a businessman from Chicago was from a Hungarian Jewish family and his mother was the daughter of Polish Catholic immigrants.
Irsay was 12 years old when his father,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 left Baltimore in the middle of the night, using moving vans to leave the city of Baltimore, traveling to Indianapolis. Colts have flourished under the leadership of Jim Irsay.
When Irsay took over as owner in 1997, he began to implement his plan to build a winning team. To Colts fans around the world, the celebration was spectacular when, to Indiana’s great delight, that plan worked. Just 10 years later, the Indianapolis Colts brought home the team’s fourth world championship and the Lombardi Trophy with a Super Bowl XLI victory.
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. Irsay and his wife, Meg, oversee the team’s extensive contributions program. In their home city and state, the Irsay’s are active supporters for programs that address health and wellness, community development, cancer research and the arts.