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Jim Irsay also known as Jimmy Irsay, (born June 13, 1959) is the owner and CEO of the Indianpolis Colts. Irsay, who graduated from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas in 1982, attended high school at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois, a suburb just north of Chicago.
Irsay was 12 years old when his father Robert Irsay purchased the Baltimore Colts from late Los Angeles Rams owner Carroll Rosenbloom, in a franchise swap. After graduating from SMU, Young Irsay began working for the Colts in 1982. He started by working at the ticket counter and then later in the team's public relations department. Jim was named general manager in 1984 one month after the Colts moved to Indianapolis. After his father suffered a stroke in 1995, Jim assumed day-to-day management of the team. When his father died in 1997, Jim had a legal battle with his stepmother but later became the youngest NFL team owner in history (37 and controlling 100% of the team).
Jim also has a habit of quoting rock music. It is rumored that he brings his guitar on Colts road trips and will play until the 2 or 3 in the morning. In 2001, Jim Irsay purchased the original manuscript of On The Road, or "the roll," a scroll typed in a three week marathon by Jack Kerouac for $2.43 million. Jim also acquired an original guitar owned by Elvis Presley.
Irsay married Meg Coyle in 1980, and the couple have three daughters, Carlie, Casey and Kalen.
Irsay has a habit of quoting rock music. It is rumored that he brings his guitar on Colts road trips and plays until 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning. 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, George Harrison, and Jerry Garcia. Even though he has liberal interests he still invited and hosted President George Bush on the sidelines at a Colts game in 2007.
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." Irsay has made political contributions to John Edwards and Harry Reid.
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