Former Colts’ general manager Bill Tobin passed away at 83

Former Indianapolis Colts general manager Bill Tobin passed away at the age of 83, prompting the Colts’ owner, Jim Isray, to convey a heartfelt tribute. Tobin served as the Colts’ general manager from 1994 to 1996 before joining the Detroit Lions as director of player personnel from 2001 to 2002.

Prior to his tenure with the Colts, Tobin held the position of general manager for the Chicago Bears from 1987 to 1992. He later became the Bears’ vice president of personnel, serving in that capacity until 1992. During his time with the Bears, he made significant contributions, drafting notable players such as linebacker Mike Singletary and quarterback Jim Harbaugh, who is now appointed as the Los Angeles Chargers head coach.

In a tribute to their former Bears GM, the team’s chairman, George H. McCaskey, praised his relentless pursuit of excellence in making the team better. 

“Bill was relentless in pursuing a single goal: making the Bears better. He had a keen eye for talent and he passionately advocated for players he believed in. He helped build the greatest team in NFL history — the ’85 Bears — and for that we are forever grateful.”

Throughout his career, spanning 11 seasons as a general manager and director of player personnel, Tobin played a pivotal role in selecting 10 Pro Bowlers and two Hall of Fame players.

Colts owner Jim Irsay honors Bill Tobin’s legacy

Colts owner Jim Irsay expressed his condolences on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, following the passing of Bill Tobin. The former Colts’ general manager served as the Colts’ GM from 1994 to 1996 and left a lasting impact on the organization.

“Rest in peace, Bill Tobin, our GM from ’94–96. Bill was a tough, old-time football man, starting as a player in the old AFL. He lived a magical life associated with the game he loved, and our league will miss him. My love and prayers for Bill’s family,” the statement read. 

During his tenure in Indianapolis, the Colts achieved a record of 26-22. Tobin was instrumental in building a team that made an unexpected run to the AFC Championship Game in 1995. Additionally, he played a key role in drafting running back Marshall Faulk, who became a standout player for the Indianapolis Colts. 

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