Here's a list of modern era RBs in the hall. While there are several I would say James doesn't come close to, there are others who I think "well, maybe he does belong."
I also wonder about the politics of the hall. Manning has been pretty vocal in support of James and the role he played on the good Colts teams.
Of course, I'm also old. I looked at the list and couldn't believe LaDainian Tomlinson has been retired 9 years. As they say, seems like yesterday ...
Marcus Allen (RB) 1982-1997 Jerome Bettis (RB) 1993-2005 Jim Brown (FB) 1957-1965 Earl Campbell (RB) 1978-1985 Larry Csonka (FB) 1968-1979 Terrell Davis (RB) 1995-2001 Eric Dickerson (RB) 1983-1993 Tony Dorsett (RB) 1977-1988 Marshall Faulk (RB) 1994-2005 Frank Gifford (HB-FL) 1952-1960, 1962-1964 Franco Harris (RB) 1972-1984 Paul Hornung (HB) 1957-1962, 1964-1966 John Henry Johnson (FB) 1954-1966 Leroy Kelly (RB) 1964-1973 Floyd Little (RB) 1967-1975 Curtis Martin (RB) 1995-2005 Ollie Matson (HB) 1952, 1954-1966 Hugh McElhenny (HB) 1952-1964 Lenny Moore (HB) 1956-1967 Marion Motley (FB) 1946-1953, 1955 Walter Payton (RB) 1975-1987 Joe Perry (FB) 1948-1963 John Riggins (RB) 1971-1979, 1981-1985 Barry Sanders (RB) 1989-1998 Gale Sayers (HB) 1965-1971 O.J. Simpson (RB) 1969-1979 Emmitt Smith (RB) 1990-2004 Jim Taylor (FB) 1958-1967 Thurman Thomas (RB) 1988-2000 LaDainian Tomlinson (RB) 2001-2011 Charley Trippi (HB) 1947-1955 Doak Walker (HB) 1950-1955
Last Edit: Feb 1, 2020 20:15:53 GMT -6 by lmills72
Admittedly, I’m not a big NFL fan, but I follow lots of sports. Just saw the ‘20 HOF class. I didn’t bother to look up any stats, but I only recognized two names...barely.
Edgerrin James was a decent Colts running back. Hall of Fame running back? Questionable.
Edge is far from a questionable HoF choice. There have been 16 RBs all time to rush for more than 12k yards. The only three not to be in the HoF (prior to now), Edge, AP, and Frank Gore, with AP and Gore still playing. He led the league in rushing his first two seasons, and toped 1500 rush yards on 4 occasions, only Barry Sanders has ever done that 5 times.
Edge was certainly a deserving choice for the HoF.