It’s a new year with new opportunities for Pro Football Hall of Fame hopeful Edgerrin James, who was just named a Finalist for the 2018 Class that will be inducted in Canton, Ohio. James is in his 4th year of eligibility, previously being a semi-finalist in 2017 along with a finalist in 2016 and 2015.
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) January 3, 2018
Many wonder why the Edge continues to be denied enshrinement into Canton, but his career numbers and accolades are likely Hall of Fame worthy. James has either been on the ballot the wrong year or just didn’t make the final cut simply because of his Super Bowl status. It’s probably another longshot with some great names on the list, but hey you never know!
James is ranked 13th on the all-time NFL rushing list with 12,246 rushing yards. Surprisingly out of all inactive players with 12,000+ career rushing yards, the Edge is the only one not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In addition to his amassed yards, James had 80 career rushing touchdowns which are ranked 20th on the all-time list. He also was a great pass catching back, with 433 career receptions for 3,364 yards and 11 touchdowns.
James does not lack the accolades either on top of his career numbers. Here listed is just an idea of all his career accomplishments:
- 4 Pro Bowl Selections (All with Colts)
- 2x First-team All-Pro (1999, 2005)
- 2x Second-team All-Pro (2000, 2004)
- 2x NFL Rushing Yards Leader (1999, 2000)
- NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (1999)
- Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor
- NFL 2000s All-Decade Team
- Colts All-Time Leading Rusher (9,226)
- Colts All-Time Leader in Rushing Touchdowns (64)
- Colts All-Time Rushing Yards Per Game Average (96.1)
- Colts All-Time Yards in a Single Season (1,709:2000)
- Colts All-Time Seasons with 1,000 rushing yards (5)
Sure, James does not have a Super Bowl under his belt, but you cannot overlook his career numbers and accolades. He only played in 11 NFL seasons, but still managed to crack the Top-20 in NFL history for rushing yards and rushing touchdowns.
The numbers are there for the Hall of Fame-worthy back to be enshrined this season, but the one thing holding him back is a championship. James just missed the opportunity as the Colts won the Super Bowl the next season, but the Edge was in Arizona at the time. 2018 may be the year, and if not, James will be enshrined one day. If so, he would join Marvin Harrison and Tony Dungy who were just inducted in 2016. James no doubt was probably the best back in Colts history to wear the Horseshoe helmet. A Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction would cap off an amazing career that was well deserved for the Edge.