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Edgerrin James Named Pro Football Hall Of Fame Semifinalist For Fourth Straight Year
November 22, 2017 12:55 AM | Andrew Walker
INDIANAPOLIS - The Pro Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday announced its list of 27 Modern-Era Class of 2018 semifinalists, a group that includes Indianapolis Colts great running back Edgerrin James.

James, who is a semifinalist for a fourth straight year, now hopes to advance as a Hall of Fame finalist for a second time in three years. He was voted as one of 15 Modern-Era finalists for the Class of 2016, alongside his former teammate, wide receiver Marvin Harrison, and former head coach, Tony Dungy. Harrison and Dungy would end up being enshrined later that year.

The other Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018 nominees with Colts ties this year included offensive linemen Jeff Saturday (who was in his first year of eligibility), Ray Donaldson and Chris Hinton and pass rusher Cornelius Bennett.

The Modern-Era nominees for the Class of 2018 will be trimmed to 15 finalists in January. The Selection Committee will then meet on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, in Minneapolis to elect the Class of 2018, which will be formally enshrined into Canton in August.

Statistically one of the greatest running backs in NFL history, James played 11 NFL seasons, including his first seven with the Indianapolis Colts. In his career, James was named to four Pro Bowls and rushed for 12,246 yards, which ranks 11th on the all-time list. His 15,610 total yards from scrimmage ranks 11th all-time among running backs, and is more than Hall of Fame backs Eric Dickerson, Jerome Bettis and Jim Brown.

The Colts' fourth-overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft out of Miami, James lit up the league from the start in his NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year campaign, leading the NFL in rushing with 1,553 yards and also scoring 13 touchdowns on the ground and four touchdowns through the air.

He's the greatest running back in Colts history, and leads the franchise in career rushing yards (9,226), rushing touchdowns (64), rushing yards per game average (96.1), rushing yards in a single season (1,709 in 2000) and most seasons with 1,000 rushing yards (five).

The Class of 2018 Modern-Era semifinalists includes 25 players: 12 on offense (James is one of two running backs), 13 on defense and two coaches.

Here is the complete list of 2018 Modern-Era semifinalists, including their positions, years and teams, as well as the number of times the individual has been named a semifinalist since this decution vote was added to the Selection Committee Bylaws in 2004:

> Steve Atwater, S - 1989-1998 Denver Broncos, 1999 New York Jets | (Times as a Semifinalist: 7 - 2012-18)
> Ronde Barber, CB/S - 1997-2012 Tampa Bay Buccaneers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 - 2018)
> Tony Boselli, T - 1995-2001 Jacksonville Jaguars, 2002 Houston Texans (injured reserve) | (Times as a Semifinalist: 3 - 2016-18)
> Isaac Bruce, WR - 1994-2007 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 2008-09 San Francisco 49ers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 4 - 2015-18)
> LeRoy Butler, S - 1990-2001 Green Bay Packers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 - 2018)
> Don Coryell, Coach - 1973-77 St. Louis Cardinals, 1978-1986 San Diego Chargers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 10 - 2005, 2010-18)
> Roger Craig, RB - 1983-1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991 Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-93 Minnesota Vikings | (Times as a Semifinalist: 10 - 2009-18)
> Brian Dawkins, S - 1996-2008 Philadelphia Eagles, 2009-2011 Denver Broncos | (Times as a Semifinalist: 2 - 2017-18)
> Alan Faneca, G - 1998-2007 Pittsburgh Steelers, 2008-09 New York Jets, 2010 Arizona Cardinals | (Times as a Semifinalist: 3 - 2016-18)
> Torry Holt, WR - 1999-2008 St. Louis Rams, 2009 Jacksonville Jaguars | (Times as a Semifinalist: 4 - 2015-18)
> Steve Hutchinson, G - 2001-05 Seattle Seahawks, 2006-2011 Minnesota Vikings, 2012 Tennessee Titans | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 - 2018)
> Joe Jacoby, T - 1981-1993 Washington Redskins | (Times as a Semifinalist: 8 - 2005, 2008, 2013-18)
> Edgerrin James, RB - 1999-2005 Indianapolis Colts, 2006-08 Arizona Cardinals, 2009 Seattle Seahawks| (Times as a Semifinalist: 4 - 2015-18)
> Jimmy Johnson, Coach - 1989-1993 Dallas Cowboys, 1996-99 Miami Dolphins | (Times as a Semifinalist: 5 - 2014-18)
> Ty Law, CB - 1995-2004 New England Patriots, 2005, 2008 New York Jets, 2006-07 Kansas City Chiefs, 2009 Denver Broncos | (Times as a Semifinalist: 4 - 2015-18)
> Ray Lewis, LB - 1996-2012 Baltimore Ravens | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 - 2018)
> John Lynch, FS - 1993-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-07 Denver Broncos | (Times as a Semifinalist: 6 - 2013-18)
> Kevin Mawae, C/G - 1994-97 Seattle Seahawks, 1998-2005 New York Jets, 2006-09 Tennessee Titans | (Times as a Semifinalist: 4 - 2015-18)
> Karl Mecklenburg, LB - 1983-1994 Denver Broncos | (Times as a Semifinalist: 7 - 2012-18)
> Randy Moss, WR - 1998-2004, 2010 Minnesota Vikings, 2005-06 Oakland Raiders, 2007-2010 New England Patriots, 2010 Tennessee Titans, 2012 San Francisco 49ers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 - 2018)
> Leslie O'Neal, DE - 1986, 1988-1995 San Diego Chargers, 1996-1997 St. Louis Rams, 1998-1999 Kansas City Chiefs | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 - 2018)
> Terrell Owens, WR - 1996-2003 San Francisco 49ers, 2004-05 Philadelphia Eagles, 2006-08 Dallas Cowboys, 2009 Buffalo Bills, 2010 Cincinnati Bengals | (Times as a Semifinalist: 3 - 2016-18)
> Simeon Rice, DE - 1996-2000 Arizona Cardinals, 2001-06 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2007 Denver Broncos, 2007 Indianapolis Colts | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 - 2018)
> Richard Seymour, DE/DT - 2001-08 New England Patriots, 2009-2012 Oakland Raiders | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 - 2018)
> Brian Urlacher, LB - 2000-2012 Chicago Bears | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 - 2018)
> Everson Walls, CB - 1981-89 Dallas Cowboys, 1990-92 New York Giants, 1992-93 Cleveland Browns | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 - 2018)
> Hines Ward, WR - 1998-2011 Pittsburgh Steelers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 2 - 2017-18)





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