Edgerrin James was born on August 1, 1978 in Immokalee, Florida. At 6 foot tall and 215 pounds James is known to be one of the most punishing runners in the NFL. And to go along with this size, James also has a high level of speed and strength. When you combine all of this with his knowledge of the game it is easy to see why he has become one of the best of the best. And it is safe to say that his career is only getting started.
After a successful high school career James decided to take his game to the University of Miami. Despite scholarship offers from many schools he felt that he would do best staying in state. And this ended up being a great decision because by the time that he left school he had established himself as one of the top runners in its history. Although most of his records have been broken, there was a time when he was at the top of the list for many running back statistical categories at the school.
In the 1999 NFL Draft James was selected with the fourth overall pick by the Indianapolis Colts. Soon after the draft he signed a seven year contract worth approximately $49 million. This was one of the largest deals in the entire draft class, and it did not take long for him to start earning his money. In his first season he was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year by the AP. In fact, he won the NFL rushing title in both of his first two seasons.
After a successful career with the Colts, James decided to take his game across the country to play for the Arizona Cardinals. His first season with the Cardinals was 2006, and thanks to a poor offensive line he had one of the worst years of his career.
Edgerrin James will surely have his game back on track sooner rather than later.