For the past 30 years or so, I have listened to my father call Jim Irsay "Jimmy." It was a term of endearment. Jim Irsay was, after all, the promising son of our owner...a likeable guy that gave us hope for the franchise after the old man finally kicked the bucket. I still remember the 37-year-old owner taking the Peyton Manning pick up to the Commish himself, at which time my dad shouted "Don't blow it, Jimmy!" He did not blow it. He nailed it, and the Lombardi Trophy I never thought I would see made its way through downtown Indy.
This offseason has been a big one for "Jimmy." He hosted the Super Bowl, made some HUGE changes to the overall make-up of the franchise, got involved in a little media squabble with his legendary QB, then eventually let that QB go. He told the world that the horseshoe was iconic and must be respected. He then allowed the world to think he was contemplating RGIII, creating a new wave of debates. In addition, his fascination with Twitter has become one of the most entertaining (some might say embarrassing) story lines for those who cover the NFL year-round.
When Jimmy hired Ryan Grigson and Chuck Pagano, the man I had always known as "Jimmy" suddenly became "Mr. Irsay." This is apparent in every interview with Grigson or Pagano, despite the fact Pagano is only a year or so younger. He has vaulted himself into a position of prominence, not just in the NFL, but in the world of sports.
I know Jerry Jones will always be the most recognizable owner in the NFL. Al Davis is no longer with us, and Art Modell sold out years ago. Robert Kraft is high on the list, to be sure, and the Rooneys and Maras will always be up there as well. In light of this offseason, however, where do you think Irsay ranks? Is it possible our owner is the second most recognizable owner in the NFL right now?