Sep/24/12 09:16 AM Filed in: Edgerrin James
Edgerrin James was about to be introduced for his halftime induction into the Indianapolis Colts' Ring of Honor on Sunday when an old buddy came sprinting out of the Lucas Oil Stadium tunnel.
Wide receiver Reggie Wayne, still in uniform but sporting a Colts baseball cap instead of a helmet, took his place at midfield alongside retired Colts favorites Tarik Glenn, Gary Brackett and Ryan Diem.
"I almost missed it, but got there," Wayne said of honoring James, the Colts' all-time leading rusher with 9,226 yards from 1999 to 2005. "I wish he would have given a longer speech though."
James had promised he would be understated in the tradition of the eighth Ring of Honor inductee, wide receiver Marvin Harrison, who uttered "thank you" five times in a Nov. 28, 2011, acceptance speech that took about 20 seconds.
Colts owner Jim Irsay handed the microphone to James, who said, "It was an honor (that) I played for the Colts, and I want to tell everyone thank you."
Surrounded by his six children, James received a standing ovation as he exited to the tunnel.
"They told me I could just say, 'Thank you,' so I went over," James said, laughing, about his word count.
He enjoyed the video highlights on the stadium's large screens.
"Oh man, it's good (for my kids)," James said. "They get to see that I know what I'm talking about. I wish I could still move like that."
Eden, James' 8-year-old son, was impressed.
"He's a 'playa!' He's a 'playa!'" the boy repeated.