Colts owner Jim Irsay offers surprise for fans at training camp

By Doug Halberstadt
Sports Columnist

I’m assuming most NFL training camps are pretty much alike. They practice in the morning for a couple of hours. Then, they take a break for lunch. After they’re done with that, they’re back out on the field for more practice or possibly some scrimmaging. Then, it’s into the hot tubs, ice baths and weight rooms until it’s time to eat again. Pretty mundane for most of the veterans and a necessity for the newcomers.

Last Saturday (July 26), Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay decided to liven things up a bit at the Colts training camp in Anderson, Indiana. The owner showed up at camp as he had promised to do via his Twitter account. The thing that made his visit special was what he brought with him.

He brought along lots of $100 bills. He then proceeded to pass them out to some of the fans in attendance. This comes just four months after the 55-year-old was arrested for a DUI and drug possession. The police reported that he had $29,000 in cash on him at the time of his arrest.

Irsay is facing what is expected to be a highly-publicized trial coming up in August. Perhaps he’s attempting to show the Colts’ die-hards that it’s not an unusual thing for him to travel with a small fortune in cash on his person. Whatever his reasoning, several Colts fans were awfully glad they went to see their team practice last weekend and even had some extra cash to take back home with them.

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at

From the July 30-Aug. 5, 2014, issue

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