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
- 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
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.
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
Jim Brown, 1989