'Jim' James S. Irsay
||James S. Irsay was born n Lincolnwood, Illinois, the son of Harriet (née Pogorzelski) and Chicago
businessman Robert Irsay. His father was from a Hungarian Jewish family and his mother was the daughter of Polish Catholic
He attended high school at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois a suburb just north of Chicago, Illinois and at Mercersburg Academy '78, Mercersburg, Pennsylvania. After high school he attended,
and graduated from, Southern Methodist University in 1982 with a degree in broadcast journalism. Irsay played linebacker for the SMU Mustangs football team as a walk-on, but an ankle injury
ended his playing career.
Irsay was 12 years old when his father, Robert Irsay, purchased the Baltimore Colts in 1972. 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. Jim assumed day-to-day management with the role of Senior Executive Vice President, General Manager and Chief Operating Officer
in April 1996. When his father died in January 1997 Jim engaged in a legal battle with his stepmother over ownership of the team, but later became the youngest NFL
team owner at that time at 37. He controls 100% of the franchise.
The 47-year-old Indianapolis Colts owner wanted to win the Super Bowl XLI (2007). At any cost and he did. In 1984 at the age of 24 he was named general
manager of the Colts by his father. The Colts is his only significant business venture.
He married Margaret M 'Meg' Coyle in 1980, and the couple have three daughters, Carlie Irsay-Gordon, Casey Foyt and Kalen Irsay
He has a recording studio in his Carmel estate where he records songs with professional musicians; writes writes poetry, was once a power weightlifter, has ran a
marathon, quietly contributes to charities. In 2007 he was Board of director for United Way of Central Indiana
There are many interesting articles on the intenet on Jim. Beside the offical site of the Indianapolis
Nov 2, 2006 Jim Irsay, owner and CEO of the Indianapolis Colts and a graduate of Southern Methodist University, is creating a scholarship program at SMU for graduates
of Indiana high schools.
Colts owner Irsay, wife to divorce after 33 years
MIKE BAKER, Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay and his wife of 33 years are ending their marriage.
Meg Irsay filed a divorce petition in Hamilton County Superior Court in Noblesville on Thursday citing an "irretrievable breakdown" of the
marriage. She is asking the court to divide their marital estate.
A joint statement issued by the couple said Jim Irsay will retain full ownership of the Colts and his other business interests.
The couple married Aug. 2, 1980. They have been separated for a decade.
Jim Irsay has owned the Colts since 1997 following the death of his father, Robert Irsay.
Margaret Coyle Irsay (Meg) was born in Arlington Heights, Ill. idaughter of Ruth and Ed Coyle. She attended Illinois Institute of Technology, Northern
Illinois University and Southern Methodist University. Meg’s experience in movement started as a girl. She later began teaching and practicing rhythmic movement
in the fitness industry. During this time she became interested in the somatic psychotherapies including Rolfing, Feildenkrais, Rubenfeld and Ecstatic dance. She
opened her own studio, One Body Incorporated, and began teaching what she called “conscious movement”, the practice of allowing the body to open by
pening the heart. She is author of "Messages to Me: Words Collected on the Road to Silence" published in January 30, 2007 with Ray Takuji Satoas Illustrator