Despite loss, Colts welcome former running back Edgerrin James into the now nine-member Ring of Honor.


INDIANAPOLIS – It wasn't your typical halftime at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Instead of a majority of the Colts faithful heading to the concourse during the 12-minute break, the crowd stayed right where they were to honor one of their favorites.

Former running back Edgerrin James (1999-2005) became the ninth member of the Colts Ring of Honor with his name being unveiled by Colts owner Jim Irsay.

James had a throng of family and friends join him at midfield for the halftime tribute.

Before revealing James' name right next to Marvin Harrison's on the Ring of Honor, Irsay described 'Edge' as someone who 'fought and gave every ounce of blood, sweat, and tears for this franchise.'

Also joining James on the field were numerous former teammates as a highlight video played during the celebration.

"I had so many memories here, I can't just pick one," James said. "It was just being here in Indianapolis all those years. It was fond, it was different, and you just grew to love it and Indianapolis is a place that I can call home."

Wide receiver Reggie Wayne was one of those former teammates who made it out to midfield to honor James.

The two's friendship dates back to their college days at the University of Miami and Wayne knew he would be out there to watch the induction.

"I guess that's what friends are for. I told him yesterday I would make sure I would be out there," Wayne said. "I was happy for him. I wish he would have given a longer speech though. He told me he was going to beat Marvin's speech and he accomplished that."

James kept things short addressing the crowd at Lucas Oil Stadium and knows if that day does come where Canton calls his name, it will be the Colts blue jersey that he will be donning.

"Even when I was on other teams, you know I was always rooting for the Colts, I was always helping out the players as much as I can," James said. "I always looked at myself as a Colt. If it wasn't from the business side of things, I still would have been a Colt and I'm always a Colt regardless."

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