Retired running back Edgerrin James will enter the Indianapolis Colts' Ring of Honor during the team's home game on Sept. 23, becoming the ninth honoree.
James 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).
“I feel great. It is a tremendous honor," James said in a released statement. "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 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 ranks 11th all-time in NFL history with 12,246 rushing yards.
“Edgerrin is one of the most significant players in our history, and he embodies the talent and competitive nature we seek in every player,” Colts owner Jim Irsay said in a released statement. “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 was a first-round draft pick out of the University of Miami in 1999.
The Colts Ring of Honor includes Robert Irsay, Bill Brooks, Tony Dungy, Jim Harbaugh, Marvin Harrison, Chris Hinton, Ted Marchibroda and the “12th Man.”