Jul/25/12 11:48 AM Filed in: Edgerrin James
The Indianapolis Colts will have their Edge back. For a day, then forever as part of their Ring of Honor.
Running back Edgerrin James, the team’s all-time rushing leader, will be inducted into the Ring of Honor on Sept.?23. That day, the Colts play Jacksonville at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Owner Jim Irsay said on Colts.com that James “embodies the talent and competitive nature we seek in every player.’’
Irsay’s appreciation for James was obvious. He awarded him a ring from the Colts’ Super Bowl XLI win over Chicago after the 2006 season even though James wasn’t re-signed prior to that season.
James told Colts.com that the recognition is important to him.
“It is a tremendous honor,” he said. “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.”
James, the fourth pick in the 1999 draft and a two-time league rushing champ, set career franchise rushing records with 9,226 yards and 2,188 attempts during his seven years with the team. He also holds club marks with 1,709 yards in a season and 219 yards in a game.
In the Ring of Honor, James, whose 12,246 career rushing yards rank No. 11 in NFL history, will join owner Robert Irsay, Bill Brooks, Chris Hinton, Jim Harbaugh, Ted Marchibroda, Tony Dungy, Marvin Harrison and The 12th Man.