Colts fans will love the first look at former RB Edgerrin James’ Hall of Fame bust.
Indianapolis Colts fans unleashed a collective sigh of relief earlier this year when it was announced that former star running back and Peyton Manning partner-in-crime Edgerrin James had finally gotten over the hump and was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
James was famously snubbed out of being included in the 2016 class after being named one of the 15 finalists, and he followed that up one year later by not even making the cut after the initial downsize.
The NFL decided to postpone the 2020 induction ceremonies until next year for precautionary reasons amid the ongoing pandemic, further delaying the demands of fans in Indianapolis to see James enshrined in Canton.
However, while having to wait a little longer to soak in that moment is the opposite of ideal, grabbing a first look at the four-time Pro Bowler’s bronze bust is undoubtedly a passable consolation prize.
As nice as it would be to see how spot on the facial features are, everything else about the bust — look at how refined James’ trademark dreadlocks are! — is perfect, and it’s nothing less than he deserved given how disrespected he was in previous ballots.
For context, Terrell Davis got the nod over James back in 2017 despite the fact that the Colts star racked up 4,639 more rushing yards than the ex-Bronco. In many ways, the former No. 4 overall pick having to wait longer to get his respect is a perfect encapsulation of how overlooked he was throughout his Colts career, when Manning garnered most of the plaudits.
By the time James left Indianapolis, he held every rushing record for the franchise. Perhaps the most impressive part about his otherworldly numbers was how balanced they were. In five of his seven seasons with the Colts, he rushed for at least 1,259 yards.
When all was said and done, however, James registered 9,226 yards and 64 touchdowns on the ground, adding 356 receptions (50.8 per season) for over 2,800 yards and 11 touchdowns as a receiver out of the backfield.
James’ induction was long overdue, and hopefully the debut image of his bust helps Colts fans remember just how essential he was to the offense over his seven-year tenure with the organization.