Edgerrin James  

“I just want to live like a full-time tourist, to show up at the airport, pick a destination, walk up to the counter and say, ‘Do you have any first-class seats?’”

“I learned. It’s cool to run over those smaller guys, but those big dudes—the guys who’ve been working in the weight room all week, just waiting for their chance to smack you—now I don’t even try.”

“My total goal in life is to have fun. I just want to be out and around, chillin’.”

“To be the best of all time, you have to do it over and over. I want to keep it up, and then the numbers will speak for themselves.”

“For me, the easy part is playing.”

“I keep things real simple because I know where I came from and I don’t ever want to go back to that way of living.”

“I hate getting yelled at, that’ll get you on my bad side. My mom never yelled at me. She just told us what needed to be done and we did it.”

“I never got into the gangs. Gangs are for followers.”

“I want to be remembered as a person who kept it real, who did what he wanted to do, but never did nothing stupid and never tried to offend nobody else. I’m always being myself.”

“All my life has been about proving myself.”

“People used to say I’d never make it in college because of where I came from, and I’ve proved them wrong. Nothing I love more than turning a negative into a positive.”

“I like to wear defenses down-—they get tired and I’m still moving.”
“I ain’t changin’ for nobody. The ad people want to clean up my grammar, my speech, my look, my image, but I got a saying: ‘It’s real easy to be me; it’s too hard to be someone else.’”

“My way has always worked. My way is what got me here.”

“Too much of my family has messed with drugs. Addiction might be in my genes, so I ain’t never tryin’ it. It’s something you can’t control, and I don’t like things I can’t control. I worked too hard to have it taken away for something stupid. I ain’t gonna be laughed at the way I used to laugh at those crackheads.”

“I was a man by middle school.”

“I want to be one of the best ever. It’s important to me. Why can’t I be? Who’s faster than me? Not many. Who has the size and can move like me? Not many. Catch passes like me? Not many.”

“People underestimate me, maybe because of my look, maybe because of my speech, and I love that. I love to give the impression that I’m an easy victim. I ain’t nobody’s fool, believe that.”

“I want to make my mark in the NFL. This is the highest level, and this is where it goes down in history.”

“Trust me—the day I’m not into football, I’ll walk away.”

“My biggest fear in the world is going broke and having to depend on someone else again.”

"Put me in any city, I'll end up doing something with kids. That's the time of your life when it's pure fun."


Edgerrin James, 2000 Sport

Edgerrin James, 2001 SI for Kids

Edgerrin James, 2000 Tradition


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