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Colts' Owner Explains 'The Decision'

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On his way down the tunnel of EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Jim Irsay knew. His step was swift as he made his way toward the team plane, his eyes trained straight ahead after the team's 2011 season-ending loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. It was why the normally voluble Indianapolis Colts owner would only stop for a brief moment to address the media who stalked him that day.

"I knew when I walked out of that locker room, I knew that it had ended,'' Irsay said Thursday during a lengthy interview in his office. "I saw players in that locker room who'd I'd known for years and knew they wouldn't be back. On my way to the airport, there were tears rolling down my face.''

One of those players, of course,...

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