Colts Owner Jim Irsay Makes Forbes List of Richest Sports Owners
Forbes released a list of the richest owners across the major American sports, and Colts owner Jim Irsay found his way onto that list.
Jim Irsay may cause a lot of controversy, but there is one fact about Irsay that is not controversial: he is a very rich man.
Irsay was ranked 33rd on Forbes’ list with a net worth of $2.7 Billion. Among NFL owners, Irsay ranks 14th in net worth.
Irsay‘s father bought the Baltimore Colts in 1971, and Jim joined the Colts’ staff at just 23 years old. Jim’s was named the Vice President and General Manager of the Colts just two years later.
Jim started to run the Colts’ day-to-day operations in 1995 after his father suffered a stroke, and he inherited the team after a legal battle with his stepmother following his father’s death in 1997.
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He’s been up to his usual outspoken ways this offseason as he’s grabbed headlines with a few of his comments.
He had a bizarre press conference about Andrew Luck after his franchise quarterback came back from shoulder treatment in the Netherlands. Irsay passionately defended Luck and guaranteed that his QB would be on the field for 2018.
This all came after Tony Dungy may or may not have relayed comments from Irsay that Luck’s injury was all in his head.
Irsay also dropped a hint that he would like to see the Colts select a talented running back with the third overall pick in this offseason’s NFL Draft. Indianapolis has been linked to Saquon Barkley throughout the draft process, so that may be the player that Irsay is campaigning for.
A lot of things can change in an NFL organization, but it looks like Jim Irsay will be the boss in Indianapolis for the foreseeable future.