The Indianapolis Colts will induct running back Edgerrin James into the Ring of Honor during the team’s Week 3 contest against the Jacksonville Jaguars on September 23. James will be the ninth member elected to the privileged group.
“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.”
James, the team’s first round (4th overall) draft selection in 1999, leads the franchise in numerous categories, including most career attempts (2,188), rushing yards (9,226), rushing touchdowns (64), 100-plus yard games (49) and 1,000-yard seasons (five). He led the Colts in rushing for a team-high six seasons (1999-2000, 2002-05), which includes a franchise-best 1,709 rushing yards in 2000. James also led the NFL in rushing in 1999 and 2000, becoming the first player to lead the league in his first two seasons. He currently ranks 11th all-time in NFL history with 12,246 rushing yards.
James was voted to four Pro Bowls (1999, 2000, 2004-05) with the Colts as well as earning three career All-Pro selections (1999, 2000, 2004). He was named The Associated Press and Pro Football Writers of America NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1999 and earned a spot on the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team. Some of James’ other franchise records include the most rushing yards in a game (219 at Seattle on 10/15/00), the most attempts from scrimmage (2,544), the most 100-plus yards games in a season (10) and the most yards (1,553) and touchdowns (17) as a rookie in 1999. He also ranks second all-time in team history in scrimmage yards behind Marvin Harrison (14,608) with 12,065.
In 2000, the Edgerrin James Foundation was established as a non-profit organization created to improving the decision making process of youth and young adults, enhancing the quality of their lives and empowering them to make positive contributions to society. The foundation positively influences inner city youth who often face problems with education, self-esteem and other obstacles. In 2001, James donated $250,000 to his alma mater, the University of Miami, which is the largest donation ever made to the university by one of its former athletes.
Along with James, those enshrined in the Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor include, Robert Irsay, Bill Brooks, Tony Dungy, Jim Harbaugh, Marvin Harrison, Chris Hinton, Ted Marchibroda and the 12th Man.
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