Edgerrin James

Edgerrin Tyree James (/ˈɛdʒərɪn/; born August 1, 1978) is a former American football running back who played in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons. He played college football for the University of Miami. He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts fourth overall in the 1999 NFL Draft. James also played for the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks. The AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1999, he earned four Pro Bowl selections and four All-Pro selections. James is the Colts' all-time leader in career rushing yards, attempts, and touchdowns. James is thirteenth on the all-time rushing list, and a member of the 10,000 Yards rushing club.

Edgerrin James
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James with the Seattle Seahawks in 2009.
No. 32
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born:August 1, 1978 (age 40)
Immokalee, Florida
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:219 lb (99 kg)
Career information
High school:Immokalee
(Immokalee, Florida)
College:Miami (FL)
NFL Draft:1999 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:12,246
Yards per carry:4.0
Rushing touchdowns:80
Receiving yards:3,364
Receiving touchdowns:11
Player stats at NFL.com

College career

Edgerrin James tackled Miami vs Florida State 1997-10-04 (cropped)
James with the Miami Hurricanes in 1997

James was recruited out of Florida's Immokalee High School by the University of Miami. He proved to be one of the most successful running backs in the school's history.

James ranks third in all-time University of Miami rushing yards. He was the only running back in school history to post two consecutive seasons with 1,000-plus rushing yards, and he ranks first in school history with the most 100-plus rushing games (14). All single season records held by James have since been broken by former Baltimore Ravens running back Willis McGahee.

Edgerrin was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame on April 23, 2009 at its 41st Annual Induction Banquet at Jungle Island in Miami.

College statistics

Rushing Receiving
Year Team GP Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD
1996 Miami 7 71 446 6.3 2 6 90 15.0 0
1997 Miami 10 184 1,098 6.0 13 19 250 13.2 1
1998 Miami 11 242 1,416 5.9 17 17 255 15.0 2
Career 28 497 2,960 6.0 32 42 595 14.2 3


Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad Wonderlic
6 ft 0 in
(1.83 m)
220 lb
(100 kg)
4.38 s 1.40 s 2.44 s 3.8 s 6.70 s 22
All values from NFL Combine)[2]

Indianapolis Colts

James playing for the Indianapolis Colts in 2004

The Indianapolis Colts selected James in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft with the fourth overall pick. James signed a seven-year, $49 million rookie contract. Some critics believed that the Colts made a mistake by choosing James over the reigning Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams.[3]

James quieted the critics and was an immediate success, and was named the 1999 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press. James won the NFL rushing title in his first two seasons. He was the last NFL player to win the rushing title in his rookie season before Ezekiel Elliott. Six games into the 2001 season, he tore his ACL.

James had over 1,500 rushing yards in both the 2004 and 2005 seasons.

James left Indianapolis as its all-time leading rusher with 9,226 yards. After James departure in March 2006, the Colts won Super Bowl XLI the following season. Although he was not on the team at the time, Colt's Owner Jim Irsay still sent him a Super Bowl ring.[4]

On September 23, 2012, James was inducted into the Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor during the week 3 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Arizona Cardinals

James signed a four-year, $30 million deal with the Arizona Cardinals on March 23, 2006.[5] With the retirement of Corey Dillon, James became the active leader in career rushing yards at the start of 2007, and remained so through his last game in November 2009 (though he would be passed by LaDainian Tomlinson by the end of the season). James went through a stretch of 10 games out of the 2008 season where he carried the ball only 20 times. Through this time, Ken Whisenhunt brought him in strictly as a pass protector. In Week 17 against the Seattle Seahawks, James carried the ball 14 times for 100 yards. James said he would not come back to Arizona following the 2009 NFL playoffs, despite a year left on his contract.[6] In the Cardinals' first playoff game since 1998, James averaged 4.7 yards per carry and ran for 100 yards. In the Divisional Round of the playoffs, James rushed for 57 yards and a touchdown in the Cardinals' upset victory over the heavily favored Carolina Panthers. James rushed for 73 yards in the Cardinals' 32-25 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship game. James rushed 9 times for 33 yards in the Cardinals' 27-23 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII.

His long-time girlfriend, the mother of his children, died of cancer in April 2009.[7] After this, he asked for his release from the team, and the Cardinals honored his request on April 28.

Seattle Seahawks

After spending the 2009 offseason grieving with his four children and declining NFL offers,[7] James finally agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks on August 24, 2009, missing the team's training camp.[8] The team released running back T. J. Duckett to make room for James on the roster.[9] However, James rushed for only 125 yards on a career-low 46 carries. He played in only seven games, and on November 3, 2009, Seattle cut him from the team.[7]

On July 26, 2011, James announced his retirement from professional football.[10] He had amassed 12,246 rushing yards (11th all-time at the time of his last game in 2009)[11] and 80 rushing touchdowns (15th).[12]

Colts franchise records

  • Most career rushing yards (9,226)[13]
  • Most career rushing touchdowns (64)[13]
  • Best career rushing yards per game average: 96.1[13]
  • Most rushing yards in a single season: 1,709 (2000)[14]
  • Most seasons with 1,000 rushing yards (5)[14]

NFL career statistics

Year Team Games Rushing Receiving
G GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
1999 IND 16 16 369 1,553 4.2 72 13 62 586 9.5 54 4
2000 IND 16 16 387 1,709 4.4 30 13 63 594 9.4 60 5
2001 IND 6 6 151 662 4.4 29 3 24 193 8.0 27 0
2002 IND 14 14 277 989 3.6 20 2 61 354 5.8 23 1
2003 IND 13 13 310 1,259 4.1 43 11 51 292 5.7 17 0
2004 IND 16 16 334 1,548 4.6 40 9 51 483 9.5 56 0
2005 IND 15 15 360 1,506 4.2 33 13 44 337 7.7 20 1
2006 ARI 16 16 337 1,159 3.4 18 6 38 217 5.7 14 0
2007 ARI 16 16 324 1,222 3.8 27 7 24 204 8.5 26 0
2008 ARI 13 7 133 514 3.9 35 3 12 85 7.1 16 0
2009 SEA 7 0 46 125 2.7 10 0 3 19 6.3 7 0
Career 148 135 3,028 12,246 4.0 72 80 433 3,364 7.8 60 11


Personal life

James currently resides in Miami, Florida. He has six children. On April 14, 2009, Andia Wilson, James' long-time girlfriend and the mother of four of his children, died from leukemia at the age of 30.[16] James also practiced creative arts and bowled professionally through high school.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 21, 2016. Retrieved December 7, 2016.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ *Edgerrin James, RB, Miami - 1999 NFL Draft Scout Profile, Powered by The SportsXchange Archived September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "1999 NFL draft re-visited". Fox Sports. April 24, 2007. Archived from the original on February 14, 2008. Retrieved October 2, 2007.
  4. ^ . ESPN.com. July 24, 2012 http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/8196973/edgerrin-james-join-indianapolis-colts-ring-honor_1. Retrieved November 3, 2016. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ ESPN.com
  6. ^ James expecting to leave Cardinals
  7. ^ a b c Dorsey, David (January 6, 2010). "Edgerrin James eyes return to playing". The News-Press. Retrieved February 3, 2010.
  8. ^ "Edgerrin James lands in Seattle | ProFootballTalk". Profootballtalk.nbcsports.com. Retrieved September 20, 2011.
  9. ^ "Seahawks dump Duckett | ProFootballTalk". Profootballtalk.nbcsports.com. Retrieved September 20, 2011.
  10. ^ "Edgerrin James announces retirement from NFL". Procanes.com. Retrieved September 20, 2011.
  11. ^ Rushing yards, 2009 leaderboard, note that LaDanian Tomlinson had passed him by the end of the season.
  12. ^ Rushing TDs, 2009 leaderboard
  13. ^ a b c "Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts Career Rushing Leaders". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved January 5, 2019.
  14. ^ a b "Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts Single-Season Rushing Leaders". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved January 5, 2019.
  15. ^ "Edgerrin James Stats". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved January 5, 2019.
  16. ^ "Edgerrin James' girlfriend, mother of his 4 kids, dies of leukemia". Naples Daily News. April 19, 2009. Archived from the original on April 21, 2009.

External links

1996 Miami Hurricanes football team

The 1996 Miami Hurricanes football team represented the University of Miami during the 1996 NCAA Division I FBS football season. It was the Hurricanes' 71st season of football and 6th as a member of the Big East Conference. The Hurricanes were led by second-year head coach Butch Davis and played their home games at the Orange Bowl. They finished the season 9–3 overall and 6–1 in the Big East to finish as conference co-champion. They were invited to the Carquest Bowl where they defeated Virginia, 31-21.

1999 Indianapolis Colts season

The 1999 Indianapolis Colts season was the 47th season for the team in the National Football League and 16th in Indianapolis. The Indianapolis Colts finished the National Football League's 1999 season with a record of 13 wins and 3 losses, and won the AFC East division. This season marked a turning point for the Colts franchise, who had only made the playoffs 3 times since 1977. Since 1999, the Colts have been one of the most successful NFL franchises, only missing the playoffs 5 times in the past 19 years. No other turnaround was as great as the 1999 Colts until the 2008 Miami Dolphins went from a 1-15 record to an 11-5 record and an AFC East title.

Despite completing a great turnaround from 3-13 to 13-3, the Colts would go on to lose to the eventual AFC Champion Tennessee Titans in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.

1999 NFL season

The 1999 NFL season was the 80th regular season of the National Football League. The Cleveland Browns returned to the field for the first time since the 1995 season, while the Tennessee Oilers changed their name to "Tennessee Titans," with the league retiring the name “Oilers.”

The return of the Browns increased the number of teams to 31, the first time the league had played with an odd number of teams since 1966. This required the NFL to give at least one team a bye each week; previously, barring extreme circumstances, a club never received a bye during the first two weeks or last seven weeks of the season.

Under a new system, for ten weeks of the season (Week #1, Week #2 and Week #10 to Week #17), one team received a bye, and for seven weeks of the season (Week #3 to Week #9), three teams received a bye. This format would continue until the Houston Texans joined the NFL in 2002, returning the league to an even number of teams.

The start of the 1999 NFL Season was pushed back one week and started the weekend after Labor Day, a change from the previous seasons: due to the Y2K concerns, the NFL did not want to hold the opening round of the playoffs on Saturday January 1, 2000, and did not want teams traveling on that day.

Week 17 games were held on January 2, 2000, and the opening round of the playoffs would be scheduled for January 8 and 9, with the bye week before the Super Bowl removed to accommodate the one-week adjustment. The start of the season after Labor Day would become a regular fixture for future seasons, beginning in 2001.

The final spot in the NFC playoffs came down to an exciting final day of the season. The Green Bay Packers and Carolina Panthers were both at 7–8, tied for the last spot in the playoffs with the Dallas Cowboys and tied in other tiebreakers. The Packers/Panthers tie would be broken by best net point differential in conference games. With both the Packers and Panthers playing at 1:00 PM Eastern on January 2, the two teams tried to outscore the other. The Packers beat the Arizona Cardinals 49–24, and the Panthers beat the New Orleans Saints 45–13, with the result that the Packers finished ahead of the Panthers by 11 points. Nevertheless, Dallas defeated the New York Giants later that night to claim the final playoff spot.

The St. Louis Rams, who had had losing records for each of the past nine seasons dating back to their first tenure in Los Angeles (and had finished in last place in their division the previous season), surprised the entire league by defeating the Tennessee Titans 23–16 in Super Bowl XXXIV at the Georgia Dome.

2000 All-Pro Team

The 2000 All-Pro Team is composed of the National Football League players that were named to the Associated Press, Pro Football Writers Association, and The Sporting News All-Pro Teams in 2000. Both first and second teams are listed for the AP team. These are the three teams that are included in Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League. In 2000 the Pro Football Writers Association and Pro Football Weekly combined their All-pro teams, a practice with continues through 2008. In 2000 the AP did not have a separate “Fullback” position.

2000 Indianapolis Colts season

The 2000 Indianapolis Colts season was the 48th season for the team in the National Football League and 17th in Indianapolis. The Indianapolis Colts finished the National Football League's 2000 season with a record of 10 wins and 6 losses, and finished second in the AFC East division. However, their 2000 season was over as they lost in overtime to their division rival Miami Dolphins in the Wildcard round.

Much like last season, the Colts once again sent Peyton Manning, Edgerrin James and Marvin Harrison to the Pro Bowl at the end of the season.

2003 Indianapolis Colts season

The 2003 Indianapolis Colts season was the 51st season for the team in the National Football League and 20th in Indianapolis. The Colts improved on their 10-6 record from 2002, going 12-4 and reached the postseason for the second straight season. After the season, quarterback Peyton Manning was named league MVP along with Steve McNair of Tennessee.

After defeating the Broncos and the Chiefs in the first two rounds, the Colts lost to the New England Patriots in the title game, which saw the first playoff meeting between Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. New England would go on to defeat the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII. It was the final season seeing the Colts wear their blue facemasks and white shoes.

2004 All-Pro Team

The 2004 All-Pro Team was composed of the National Football League players that were named to the Associated Press, Pro Football Writers Association, and The Sporting News All-Pro Teams in 2004. Both first and second teams are listed for the AP team. These are the three teams that are included in Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League. In 2004, the Pro Football Writers Association and Pro Football Weekly combined their All-Pro teams, a practice with continues through 2008. In 2004, the AP reinstated the “Fullback” position.

2005 All-Pro Team

The 2005 All-Pro Team was composed of the National Football League players that were named to the Associated Press, Pro Football Writers Association, and The Sporting News All-Pro Teams in 2005. Both first and second teams are listed for the AP team. These are the three teams that are included in Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League. In 2005 the Pro Football Writers Association and Pro Football Weekly combined their All-pro teams, a practice which continued through 2008.

2005 Indianapolis Colts season

The 2005 Indianapolis Colts season was the franchise's 53rd season in the National Football League, the 32nd in Indianapolis and the fourth season under head coach Tony Dungy. The Colts improved on their 12–4 record from 2004 and finished the season 14–2. Indianapolis started the season with a 13-game winning streak and were heavily favored to go to and win Super Bowl XL. The Colts' rival, the New England Patriots, lost to the Denver Broncos in the Divisional round of the playoffs. The following night the Colts were favored over the Steelers because they had easily beaten them in their previous meeting. However, the Colts suffered a devastating loss lost when Placekicker Mike Vanderjagt missed a crucial field goal, which gave the Pittsburgh Steelers an upset win, who eventually went on to win the Super Bowl, The same team they lost to in the playoffs for the first time since 1996, when the colts were in the AFC wild-card game.

The 2005 Colts set an NFL record by winning twelve games in which they never trailed at any point in the contest.The 2005 Colts were the first team opening with 13 or more wins to lose a playoff game, although this would be repeated by themselves again in the 2009 season, the 2011 Green Bay Packers who started 13–0 and went 15–1, and by the 2015 Carolina Panthers.

2006 Arizona Cardinals season

The 2006 Arizona Cardinals season was the teams 87th Season in the NFL and 19th season in Arizona. The season began with the team trying to improve on their 5–11 record in 2005. They also moved into the Cardinals Stadium in Glendale, Arizona (one of the western suburbs of Phoenix), the first ever stadium in the United States with a retractable playing surface. The stadium was christened University of Phoenix Stadium on September 26. Despite a somewhat promising start, the team suffered a few setbacks, including key losses to the Dallas Cowboys and the eventual NFC Champion Chicago Bears, and ended the season (again) at a disappointing 5–11 record. Head coach Dennis Green was fired after the season, replaced by Ken Whisenhunt.

2006 Chicago Bears–Arizona Cardinals game

On October 16, 2006, during the sixth week of the National Football League (NFL) regular season, the Chicago Bears defeated the Arizona Cardinals, 24–23, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The undefeated Bears staged the "comeback of the year" against the 1-win Cardinals after trailing by 20 points at halftime. This game is the first game in which the Bears won after trailing by 20 or more points since 1987 (they defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 27–26). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first win in Bears history in which they trailed by at least 20 points in the second half, and the Cardinals became the first team in NFL history to lose consecutive games in a season after being ahead by 14 or more points at the end of the first quarter in each of their games. The Bears also set an NFL record for the biggest comeback without scoring an offensive touchdown in league history. Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart became the first quarterback in history to throw at least 2 touchdown passes in each of his first 2 career starts. The last time a team won after committing 6 turnovers was over 20 years prior.The postgame press conference was notable for Cardinals head coach Dennis Green's profanity-laced rant, highlighted by the quote "The Bears are who we thought they were". The game was ranked #6 on NFL Top 10 on NFL Network for Top Ten Greatest Comebacks of All Time under the title "Cardinals Blow It"/"Monday Night Meltdown", as well as Top Ten Meltdowns at #7.

2007 Arizona Cardinals season

The 2007 Arizona Cardinals season was the 88th season for the team in the National Football League, and their 20th season in Arizona. They improved upon their 5–11 record in 2006 after finishing last place in the NFC West, by finishing 8–8, but the failure of the Cardinals to qualify for the Super Bowl marked the 23rd consecutive year in which the Super Bowl did not include the team in whose region the game was being played. Two heartbreaking losses to the San Francisco 49ers, who won only five games that season, came back to haunt them in the end, as they barely missed the playoffs by just one game. Nonetheless, Pro Football Reference argues that the 2007 Cardinals had the easiest schedule of any non-playoff team since the 1965 Eagles: they never opposed any team with a better record than 10–6 in any of their sixteen games.

Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor

The Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor honors former players, coaches, club officials, and fans who made outstanding contributions to the Indianapolis Colts football organization.

Originally a ring around the former RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana, it currently encircles Lucas Oil Stadium.

The Ring of Honor began on September 23, 1996, with the induction of then owner, Robert Irsay. Since then, ten players (all offensive), two head coaches, a general manager, and an honor to the fans have been added. Tony Dungy was the first to be added to the ring of honor in Lucas Oil Stadium.

The 12th Man addition to the ring was the last to be added in the RCA Dome. While the ring membership is not increased annually, there was at least one inductee added every year from 2010 to 2013.

Javarris James

Javarris James (born September 18, 1987) is a former American football running back. He was signed by the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He played college football at the University of Miami.

He has also been a member of the New England Patriots and Washington Redskins. He is the younger cousin of NFL running back Edgerrin James, who also played college football in Miami and later for the Colts.

Larry Coker

Larry Edward Coker (born June 23, 1948) is an American football coach and former player. From 2001 to 2006, he served as the head coach at the University of Miami. His 2001 Miami team was named the consensus national champion after an undefeated season that culminated with a victory in the Rose Bowl over Nebraska. In the process of winning the championship, Coker became the second head coach since 1948 to win the national championship in his first season. (Bennie Oosterbaan from the University of Michigan and Dennis Erickson of Miami were the last two head coaches to accomplish this feat.) Coker was fired by Miami on November 24, 2006 following his sixth loss that season. After a stint as a television analyst for ESPNU, he was announced as the head coach for UTSA, whose Roadrunners football team began play in 2011. He resigned as UTSA coach on January 5, 2016.

List of National Football League career rushing attempts leaders

This is a list of National Football League running backs by total career rushing attempts. This list includes all running backs with at least 2,500 attempts.

Active players listed in bold type.

Miami Hurricanes football statistical leaders

The Miami Hurricanes football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the Miami Hurricanes football program in various categories, including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders. The Hurricanes represent the University of Miami in the NCAA's Atlantic Coast Conference.

Miami began competing in intercollegiate football in 1926, but these lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

Since 1926, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.

The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.

Bowl games only began counting toward single-season and career statistics in 2002.. The Hurricanes have played in 12 bowl games since this decision, giving many recent players an extra game to accumulate statistics.These lists are updated through the end of the 2016 season.

Norm Bulaich

Norman Batton Bulaich (born December 25, 1946) is a former American football running back in the National Football League.

Ratcliff Thomas

Ratcliff Thomas (born January 2, 1974) is a former American football linebacker. He played four seasons with the Indianapolis Colts (1998–2001) and appeared in 34 games. He totaled 24 defensive tackles, along with an interception (D. McNabb) also blocked the first punt in ten years to lead to Edgerrin James first professional touchdown.During Thomas' tenure with Colts, he was named special teams captain. Usually used on special teams but he was a viable back up that played every LB position. Thomas also amassed 55 career special teams tackles, leading the Colts with a career-high 31 special team tackles during the 1999 season, also being named to Sports Illustrated All-Pro Team that same year and finished second on the club with 20 in 2000. He played in each of the Colts postseason games during the 1999 and 2000 campaigns, recorded numerous tackles on defense and two special teams.

Thomas attended T. C. Williams High School, where he was a two-sport star in both football and basketball. Basketball: The McDonald's All-American nominee finished on the top 5 scoring list in the school's history and appeared in the Capital Classic preliminary game. Thomas led his team to several District championships and play-off berths each of his three varsity seasons. Also named team's MVP, All-Region guard and Player of the Year in the city of Alexandria. Thomas received a Division-1 scholarship University of Maryland BC to play basketball, which he later reneged to play football.

Football: Thomas a two-way starter, 1,000 yd rusher at RB and as a LB was the Titan's best defensive player. Thomas led the Titans to several lofty national rankings, as high as 9th in the country USA Today and an undefeated season as Junior that ended in a loss in the Regional Championship. He was named the state of Virginia Defensive player of the year. Thomas was awarded graduating in 1992, where his #29 jersey was retired in September 2000. Also member of the Fairfax Football Hall of fame, Alexandria Dream Team and was named 46th greatest athlete of all time Northern VA.

Thomas attended Hargrave Military Academy, where he played in the post-graduate football program. Highly recruited as a LB, Thomas choose University of Maryland, College Park.

A native of Alexandria, Virginia, Thomas was a four-year letterman at the University of Maryland, College Park. He was named to the Freshman All-American team alongside the likes of Ray Lewis. Thomas was the first player to lead the Terrapins in tackles for three consecutive seasons (E. J. Henderson and D'Qwell Jackson have since duplicated that feat). Thomas recorded 427 career tackles, the then third-highest (currently fifth-highest) total in school history. Also starting every game of his career at UMCP.

In 2007, Thomas served as defense coordinator for his Alma mater T.C. Williams for several seasons.

In 2010, Thomas became defense coordinator for the Edison Eagles High School football team in Alexandria, Virginia.

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