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Nov 14, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Indianapolis Colts helmet on the sideline prior to the game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Tony Dungy says NFL needs to suspend Jim Irsay

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay is going through a difficult time after an arrest earlier this week. Irsay was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and he is also facing four felony drug possession charges, which has led to everyone discussing his future.

One man who knows Irsay well, former Colts head coach Tony Dungy, said that he felt sadness upon learning Irsay’s current situation.

I was heartbroken,” Dungy said on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. “I’ve known Jim Irsay for 13 years now. He’s a special guy to me — a person who is very self-sacrificing and would do anything for you. He did some unbelievable things for me, for my family, for the city of Indianapolis, and I just want him to do well.

“He’s struggling with some prescription painkillers and other medications — he made a big mistake. I was sad to see that but I’m hoping that this will be the silver lining in the cloud — he will reach out and get some help and grow from this.”

While Dungy feels for Irsay and continues to wish him the best as he deals with the difficult time ahead, the former Colts coach also understands that the NFL will need to step in and hand down some punishment.

“I think they have to,” he added. “If the commissioner doesn’t step in with something I don’t think it will be good, so, yeah, something has to be done and hopefully everyone benefits from it.”

Irsay has received an overwhelming amount of support since his arrest and he appears to be taking the proper steps towards a full recovery, so hopefully he can get everything together and continue to grow as a person.

A man that does not fall, does not stand up.

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