The Hall of Fame class of 2019 was announced yesterday, and the former Colts running back fell short of induction for the third straight year.
Edgerrin James was a great running back for the Colts back in the 2000’s. He was part of the three-headed monster, along with Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison. But apparently he wasn’t good enough to get into the Hall of Fame just yet.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced its 2019 class yesterday, and James was absent from the list. This is the third year in a row in which James has fallen short. There were only two offensive players inducted in this year’s class.
James led the league in rushing in his first two years and ran for 13 touchdowns each of those years as well. He holds numerous franchise rushing records for the Colts as well. It was surprising to not see him get in based on this year’s class.
Next year might be his best year to get in. The first year eligible player class is one of the weakest it has been in years. His former teammate, Reggie Wayne, might be the strongest candidate of first year players. James should have an excellent shot at getting in next year.
But if he doesn’t, he might have to wait awhile. Another former teammate will surely get in on the first ballot in 2021, that teammate being Peyton Manning. Other players who are eligible for the first time are Charles Woodsen and Calvin Johnson.
James has a Hall of Fame worthy resumé. He should get in next year. If he somehow doesn’t it is truly a travesty.