Edgerrin James

Edgerrin James
James with the Seattle Seahawks in 2009.
No. 32
Position: Running back
Personal information
Born: (1978-08-01) August 1, 1978
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
Receptions: 433
Receiving yards: 3,364
Receiving touchdowns: 11
Player stats at NFL.com

Edgerrin Tyree James (/ˈɛərɪn/; 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.

College career

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

College Totals284972,9606.032425953


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

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]

Professional statistics

Year Team Games Rushing Receiving
1999IND 16163691,5534.27213625869.5544
2000IND 16163871,7094.43013635949.4605
2001IND 661516624.4293241938.0270
2002IND 14142779893.6202613545.8231
2003IND 13133101,2594.14311512925.7170
2004IND 16163341,5484.6409514839.5560
2005IND 15153601,5064.23313443377.7201
2006ARI 16163371,1593.4186382175.7140
2007ARI 16163241,2223.8277242048.5260
2008ARI 1371335143.935312857.1160
2009SEA 70461252.71003196.370

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.[15]


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  2. *Edgerrin James, RB, Miami - 1999 NFL Draft Scout Profile, Powered by The SportsXchange Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. "1999 NFL draft re-visited". Fox Sports. 2007-04-24. Archived from the original on 2008-02-14. Retrieved 2007-10-02.
  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. 1 2 3 Dorsey, David (January 6, 2010). "Edgerrin James eyes return to playing". The News-Press. Retrieved 2010-02-03.
  8. "Edgerrin James lands in Seattle | ProFootballTalk". Profootballtalk.nbcsports.com. Retrieved 2011-09-20.
  9. "Seahawks dump Duckett | ProFootballTalk". Profootballtalk.nbcsports.com. Retrieved 2011-09-20.
  10. "Edgerrin James announces retirement from NFL". Procanes.com. Retrieved 2011-09-20.
  11. Rushing yards, 2009 leaderboard, note that LaDanian Tomlinson had passed him by the end of the season.
  12. Rushing TDs, 2009 leaderboard
  13. 1 2 3 https://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/clt/career-rushing.htm
  14. 1 2 https://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/clt/single-season-rushing.htm
  15. "Edgerrin James' girlfriend, mother of his 4 kids, dies of leukemia". Naples Daily News. April 19, 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-04-21.
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