Filled with memorabilia and mementos, Carlie Irsay-Gordon’s office inside the Colts complex holds some of the spoils of a football family that spans generations.
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GAME BALLS – The center football–made out to then-14-year-old “Carlie ‘Corn’ Irsay”–comes from December 1995 and marks the Colts’ 10-7 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in the playoffs. “Yep, my parents used to call me ‘Carlie Corn,’” she says.
ORNAMENT (not pictured) – About two years ago, Jim Irsay made three snowmen, one for each daughter, out of clay. “That’s his attempt at art,” Irsay-Gordon says. Another? Whenever her dad sends birthday cards to the girls or his grandchildren, he includes a hand-drawn stick-figure-comic postcript.
BOOKS – Her shelf includes Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition, or DSM-IV, a leftover from grad school.
TEA – Irsay-Gordon gave up coffee years ago and looks to either green or Rooibos tea for a pick-me-up.
ENGRAVING – The wooden rendering is of her late aunt Roberta Irsay’s horses. Irsay-Gordon rode competitively from age 7 to 20 on a Thoroughbred named London Times.
BREAKFAST – An AdvoBar. “My trainer introduced me to them,” sys Irsay-Gordon. “A lot of the players eat them, too.”
NEEDLEPOINT – “My grandmother (Irsay) made that,” she says. Her grandmother passed away in 2008, but Irsay-Gordon and her sisters are still going through her belongings, some of which are team artifacts stored down the hall in the Colts memorabilia room.
This article appeared in our September 2015 Issue.