Edgerrin James  
 

  • Edgerrin’s 299 yards rushing against UCLA in 1998 set the single-game mark both at Miami and in the Big East.
  • Edgerrin was a finalist for the 1998 Doak Walker Award, but lost out to Ricky Williams of Texas.
  • Unlike most surefire NFL first-rounders, Edgerrin watched the draft from home. Preferring to spend the biggest day of his life with the people closest to him, he stayed in Immokalee and caught the action on television with some 300 friends and neighbors at a local restaurant. When Paul Tagliabue announced Indianapolis’s pick, the crowd assembled around Edgerrin erupted in cheers.
  • When Edgerrin passed the 1,000-yard plateau in November of his rookie year, he became the youngest runner ever to do so. At 21 years, 2 months, and 20 days, he was 18 days younger than Barry Sanders when he set the mark in 1989.
  • In 1999 Edgerrin joined Jim Brown, Earl Campbell and Eric Dickerson as one of only 13 rookies to win the NFL rushing title.
  • With an NFL-best 2,303 total yards in 2000, Edgerrin became just the sixth player in league history to notch consecutive seasons of more than 2,000 yards from scrimmage. The others in this exclusive club are Walter Payton, Eric Dickerson, Thurman Thomas, Terrell Davis and Marshall Faulk.
  • Edgerrin rushed for 3,262 yards in his first two NFL seasons. In league history, only Eric Dickerson gained more.
  • To get in shape during the 2003 off-season, Edgerrin plunked down $50,000 to build his own gym in Immokalee. A notorious night owl, he often grabbed drug addicts off the street to serve as his workout partners in the wee hours of the morning.
  • Edgerrin’s nicknames are “The Edge” and “EJ.”
  • Edgerrin does a lot of volunteer work with kids, including establishing the Edgerrin James Foundation to promote charitable activities for underprivileged children and families. He speaks at schools for the DARE anti-drug program. He also bought a rundown house in Immokalee, renovated it, then let local kids use it as a fully-furnished game room. They call is the “Fun House.” In addition, he regularly takes local kids, both from his hometown and Indianapolis, on road trips to see different parts of the country.
  • Edgerrin’s donation of $250,000 to University of Miami athletics department in 2000 was the largest ever by a former athlete.
  • Edgerrin likes bowling, but has an odd technique. He places only his ring and middle fingers in the ball.
  • Edgerrin owns a 38-foot Sea Ray which he christened Stressss Freeee. He takes friends from Miami—including Clinton Portis, Santana Moss and Bubba Franks—out on the water all the time.
  • One of Edgerrin’s half-brothers, Ed “Doc” German, is a graduate of Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Edgerrin isn’t married, but has three daughters.
  • Edgerrin's favorite rapper is Trick Daddy.


 

 


Barry Sanders, 1991 Pro Set


Jim Brown, 1989 Swell


Marshall Faulk, 1996 Goudey

 

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