The Indianapolis Colts have announced the September 23rd game versus the Jacksonville Jaguars in Indianapolis will be a special day for former running back, Edgerrin James. For James, this will be more than just a trip back to Indy to see his former team – James will be inducted into the Ring of Honor.
James was selected by the Colts with the fourth overall pick in the 1999 NFL draft. To say James is loved by the Colts faithful might be the understatement of the year. To this day, he leads the Colts franchise in many categories:
- Most career rushing attempts: 2,188
- Rushing yards: 9,226
- Rushing touchdowns: 64
- 100-plus yard games: 49
- 1,000-yard seasons: Five
“I am very pleased to announce the addition of Edgerrin James to the Colts’ Ring of Honor,” said Owner and CEO Jim Irsay. “Edgerrin is one of the most significant players in our history, and he embodies the talent and competitive nature we seek in every player. Edgerrin ran his way into the record books and into the hearts of all Colts fans. He now is taking a rightful place among others enshrined in our Ring, and he represents all that is right with the Horseshoe.”
As a member of the Colts, James was honored several times for his play on the field:
- Voted to four Pro Bowls
- Three All-Pro selections
- AP & Pro Football Writers of America NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (1999)
- Earned a spot on the NFL 2000′s All-Decade Team
Upon hearing the news, James said “I feel great. It is a tremendous honor. It’s one of those things that you set out to do and hope to have a career where you can leave a lasting imprint. For me, it’s super important because a lot of my young kids didn’t get a chance to see me play. Now, at least they’ll know their daddy could play a little bit.”
Today, Edgerrin James spends a lot of time working with his foundation. The Edgerrin James Foundation is a non-profit organization devoted to improving the decision making process of inner city youth.
James will join Robert Irsay, Bill Brooks, Jim Harbaugh, Marvin Harrison, Chris Hinton, Ted Marchibroda and the 12th Man in the Indianpolis Colts Ring of Honor.
The Good in Sports salutes Edgerrin James on his upcoming induction and thanks him for his positive contribution to society.
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