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Colts owner Jim Irsay is trying to help land Indy another Super Bowl

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Jim Irsay will be in Atlanta for the owners meetings. (USATSI)
Jim Irsay will be in Atlanta for the owners meetings. (USATSI)

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While the NFL recently announced the four-game suspension for one of the Colts best defensive players, defensive end Robert Mathis, the league still is silent on what, if any, punishment it'll hand down to owner Jim Irsay after he was arrested in March and charged with DWI and four other felonies.

And though we haven't heard much from Irsay since he checked into a treatment facility, he's planning to speak Tuesday at the owners meetings in Atlanta to campaign for the city of Indianapolis to land another Super Bowl.

In fact, he talked about it to reporters Monday.

"I haven't been in a coma or anything like that," Irsay said. "I've been clued into everything that's been going on the last few months. It's good to be at this meeting, really kind of focus on the Super Bowl bid. I'm really not going to talk about any personal medical issues or that sort of thing, but just grateful to be back, and certainly have a lot of appreciation for the support I've received. I'm all in.

"It feels good to be back and I'm excited about our chances tomorrow."

As the Indianapolis Star writes, Irsay has slowly been reintroduced into the day-to-day operations of the organization, and he plans to speak to his fellow owners Tuesday about returning to the site of Super Bowl XLVI.

"I think he's really looking forward to it,” his daughter Carlie Irsay-Gordon said on ESPN. “He obviously has been a big pushing factor in terms of getting us all rallied and ready to go around it. Even before he took a little hiatus for his health. He's ready to come back and get plugged back in.

"He's feeling great. We're really excited to have him back."

Irsay also said he's not finished with his rehab. But he's also ready to get back to work full-time.

"It's a love. The league is dear to me," he said. "Family business, you're blessed to be part of something like that. It's a great privilege to be part of the NFL; you don't take for granted ... you just treasure it. I kind of feel like we're getting ready for a big game. It's one of those win-lose situations."

The Star writes that Irsay's role will be somewhat limited in pitching the idea of Indianapolis, which will get plenty of competition from Minnesota for the right to host Super Bowl VII and beyond. Helping the cause, though, will be former Colts standout center Jeff Saturday, who will be in attendance in front of the owners as well.

"We're all Hoosiers and I think the passion that we have, not only for the Colts, but for the city and how far we've come ... it's a different place," Kalen Irsay, another of Irsay's daughters, told the Star. "And we just want to add to that even more. And getting another Super Bowl would definitely do that."

Wrote Irsay:

As for Irsay's eventual punishment from the league -- and believe us, the players are waiting to see what transpires -- if and when it happens has yet to be determined.

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