Indianapolis Star columnist Bob Kravitz wrote a heartfelt plea for Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay to get help when he was arrested for driving under the influence, and Kravitz tweeted on Tuesday that Irsay will cede day-to-day control of football operations to his daughter, Carlie Irsay-Gordon, while the owner is in rehab getting help.
While Jim is in rehab, one of his daughters, Carlie, will fill Jim's role. Will sign off on trades, acquisitions, etc.— Bob Kravitz (@bkravitz) March 18, 2014
So who exactly is Carlie Irsay-Gordon? She's the 33-year-old daughter of Jim and Meg Irsay — one of three from the couple (who divorced last fall) whom Jim has said previously will have equal shares of team ownership when he dies.
The most famous sister might actually be Casey Irsay, who is married to racecar driver A.J. Foyt IV.
But Irsay-Gordon, who has attended NFL owners meetings for nearly a decade, will be in charge while Irsay gets the help he needs. It will be interesting to see if she speaks at the owners' meetings in Orlando, which begin on Sunday. Jim Irsay is typically visible at the events, almost always speaking to the media.
According to the bio on the team website, Irsay-Gordon interned with the Colts in the football and marketing departments while pursuing her undergraduate degree, later graduating from Skidmore College in 2005 with a bachelor of arts degree in religious studies with a minor in geoscience.
She and her husband moved from Chicago to Indianapolis with their three children.
There has been speculation for the past few years that Jim Irsay might dial back his daily involvement with the team. Perhaps Irsay-Gordon had been preparing for this day. Clearly, the team has faith in her abilities or she would not be overseeing this role.
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