- Mike Wells, ESPN Staff Writer
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Bill Polian knows Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay well. Polian was with the Colts from 1997 through the 2011 season.
Polian is now an NFL analyst for ESPN. He was on "NFL Insider" on Monday afternoon talking about his former boss, who faces four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance after being arrested late Sunday on suspicion of intoxicated driving.
"The sad part is, and a lot of people don't know this, Jim is a consummate football man. He's been a general manager, he's been a scout, been a player," Polian said. "As a result, he adds a lot to the football function of the club. And, it was always fun for me to talk football with him, to talk about trends in the game, to talk about where we were going long-term. If he's away for a length of time, the football people will miss him a lot."
Polian then addressed the possibility of Irsay facing discipline from the NFL.
"The past history of the application of the Personal Conduct Policy for high executives ... indicates a suspension and a fine," Polian said. "That probably will be forthcoming. But I'm pretty sure the commissioner will allow the legal part of it to run its course and then take some appropriate action. But whatever happens is really secondary for Jim, for his family.
"That's the most important thing. The thing he's most devoted to, including the Colts to which he's tremendously devoted, is his family, his three daughters, their husbands and his grandchildren, who he treasures. This is far more a tragedy for them than it is for the Colts. The Colts will be fine. My hope is Jim and the family come out of this fine as well because he's a genuinely likeable and kind person."