Jim Irsay at owners meetings good for Colts

May, 7, 2014
May 7
3:15
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INDIANAPOLIS -- News that Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay will be in Atlanta for the NFL owners meetings is good news for several reasons.

It’s a sign Irsay is headed in the right direction after being in a rehabilitation facility for almost two months following his arrest in an Indianapolis suburb. He faces four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance. The police report said he had $29,000 in cash and bottles of prescription drugs in his car.

That he plans to make a presentation to the NFL owners is also a good sign, as it looks like he will continue to run the organization.

Irsay’s daughter’s, Carlie Irsay-Gordon, Casey Foyt and Kalen Irsay, will eventually take control of the team one day from their father, but the time isn’t now as long as Jim Irsay finds a way to beat the demons of his addiction problems. Carlie Irsay-Gordon has been running the team in her father’s absence.

"She expects [excellence] just like her father does," general manager Ryan Grigson said during the March owners meetings in Orlando, Florida. " ... That's something that their father, I'm sure, has ingrained in them. But at the same time, there's a tremendous amount of respect given to everyone in the building, and they display that. There's no pretentiousness or condescension. You know who's in charge, but the delivery, I think, is something that's unique in this league."

Irsay is passionate about his organization. He’s always in the locker room after games, and it’s not uncommon to see him at practice during the week leading up to a game. That is why Grigson and coach Chuck Pagano are so close to their boss.

"We miss him, love him, wish he was here with us," Pagano said in March. "But again, like I said, I'm not the only guy who would take a bullet for this man."

Mike Wells

ESPN Indianapolis Colts reporter

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