Colts' Tom Zupancic resigns unexpectedly

 IBJ Staff
October 14, 2011
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Tom Zupancic resigned on Friday as the Indianapolis Colts' senior vice president of sales and marketing, ending 27 years with the NFL franchise.

The reason behind the departure was not clear. In a written statement to Colts' business associates, Zupancic wrote, "It is with bittersweet feelings that I am announcing my retirement from the Indianapolis Colts organization ... I feel blessed to have worked for one of the premier organizations in the National Football League."

Zupancic and Colts officials did not return calls seeking comment.

In his statement, Zupancic wrote, "I leave you with the most passionate staff in the NFL. I am confident that you will continue to enjoy excellent service delivered with professionalism. It has been my honor to work with you, and I wish you continued success in your business and in our mutual pursuit of another World Championship."

Zupancic had been with the Colts since they relocated from Baltimore to Indianapolis in 1984. He served as the team's strength and conditioning coach until 1999, when he became director of business development.


  • Penn State Ties?
    I hope there are no ties to the Penn State news! Sheesh
  • Tom Z.
    I don't know, but I suspect there's been a falling out, because Mr. Zupancic has a long and honorable history, not just with the Colts, but with local high schools. There may be a health reason to factor in, as well. He's not exactly a spring chicken any more...
  • Tom Z
    Gosh, I hope this isn't the start of the Colts shedding payroll for the rebuilding years. A guy in Tom's position probably made some good jack for a 10-12 win team. For 2 or 3 wins they don't need him. This sudden and at this time, he must have upset someone.
  • Wonder why
    Sudden and unexplained departures like this often are caused by some very unpleasant circumstances. Hopefully that's not the case here.
  • Interesting
    He's usually the uber homer in Colts UpClose and even he can't sell this crap from the Colts FO.

    I wonder why he resigned.. I mean he was there for some really bad teams.

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