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Robert Irsay
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Sports Executive
    (March 5, 1923-January 19, 1997)
    Owned the Los Angeles Rams (1972), Baltimore Colts (1972-84) and Indianapolis Colts (1984-97)
    He called Baltimore coaches from the owner's box and demanded they run specific plays.
    Baltimore's first round draft pick of 1983, John Elway, refused to play for Irsay's Colts and said he'd play baseball if he wasn't traded to another team.
    He moved the Colts out of Baltimore in the dead of night.
    After moving to Indianapolis, he told a local group of team boosters, 'It's not your team. It's not our team. It's my family's team. I paid for it.'
    His lawyer argued that the sudden move was forced by Baltimore when the city threatened to use eminent domain to seize the team.
    Irsay ended up receiving less money from Indianapolis than he was being offered by Baltimore.
    Irsay described his welcome at the Colts' new home, the Hoosier Dome, as 'the greatest thrill I've had in football.'
    After moving to Indianapolis, Irsay became more involved with the community, donating to local charities.
    Irsay's move prompted the city of Baltimore to build Camden Yards to keep baseball's Orioles in town.

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