The Indianapolis Colts have announced they are inducting Edgerrin James into their ring of honor this upcoming season. James, who was their fourth overall pick in the 1999 draft, was a star running back for the franchise until 2006. During those seven seasons as a Colt, James set their career records for rushing attempts (2,188), rushing yards, (9,226), and rushing touchdowns (64).
Indianapolis is currently in the midst of one of the biggest rebuilding years in team history, so it is only fitting to honor the man who contributed so much to what the team was during the first decade of the new millennium; the man referred to by many Colts fans as a “class act”; the man who whose trade to the Cardinals in 2006 leaving Reggie Wayne the sole rushing star of the team left many of those same fans angry and bitter. But the Colts are bringing James back to Indianapolis where he belongs and this news is not only exciting to the fans, but to Edgerrin James himself.
“It is a tremendous honor,” James said in a statement released by the team. “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….No matter where I go or what I do, I’m always a Colt.”
The ceremony will take place during the week three home game against the Jaguars on September 23. A very big congratulations to Edgerrin James, and his whole lot of young kids, on this tremendous and well deserved honor.