Nov 8, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) shakes hands with former Colts running back Edgerrin James before the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Running Back: Edgerrin James (1999-2005)
If you don’t remember how talented James consider this: he led the NFL in rushing his first two seasons and is 11th all-time in rushing yards. Every player with more rushing yardage ahead of him is either in the Hall of Fame or soon will be.
Drafted in 1999, the Colts made their second crucial decision by taking James over Ricky Williams. In his third year, James tore his ACL, derailing a promising season in 2001 contributing to an injury plagued season for the team.
James wasn’t just a threat on the ground, and was an integral part of the Colts passing game as well. While with the Colts, James never caught fewer than 44 passes when playing a full season. He was also a very capable blocker as well. Simply put, James is one of the versatile running backs to play the position.
You could easily make an argument for Marshall Faulk, who spent the first five years of his career with the Colts. Faulk edges out James by just 33 rushing yards all-time. While Faulk was a great back, he wasn’t as important to the Colts as James was during his seven years.
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