Cerebral James taking steps to extend shelf life

Edgerrin James believes the leaguewide emphasis on the short, safe passing game will make him a more effective running back and allow him to play well into his 30s, writes John Clayton.

Originally Published: September 1, 2008
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Edgerrin James' vision has always given him an edge.

Taken by the Indianapolis Colts as the fourth pick in the 1999 draft -- a slight surprise one spot ahead of Ricky Williams -- James has rushed for 11,607 yards in nine seasons. After games, he'd flash back to plays as if he had a photographic memory. He could tell you the defensive coverages or the angle a linebacker was taking. James runs with his mind as well as with his legs.

James ...

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