INDIANAPOLIS—No one had a better seat for a unique tribute.
At the end of the third quarter the Colts paid tribute to thier all-time leading rusher with a minute-and-a-half video montage of his greatest highlights.
It was a sight he enjoyed from the Seahawks bench.
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"It was actually fun," said James of coming to Indianapolis for the first time since leaving the Colts after the 2005 season. "I wish i would have played a little bit more, but I was just out there laughing and having fun."
The veteran taiback carried the ball just four times for 16 yards and caught one pass, serving as a backup for Seattle in the Colts' 34-17. When he left Indianapolis, he was the Colts' feature back and was on his way to be the same in Arizona.
Three seasons, a few injuries and less production have changed things, and life has changed the priorities for James.
"I can still play, but my main focus right now it is my family and my kids thats first," said James, who has carried the ball only 21 times this season.
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This attitude is likely changed by the death of his longtime girlfriend and mother of his four children, Andia Denise Wilson, who died of leukemia in April. According to the Naples Daily News, she left behind four children that she had with James: Edquisha, 11, Eyahna, 7, Edgerrin Jr., 4, and Euro, 2.
"Everything evolves around what I do with my kids," said James when talking about his possible future in football. "If there was a situation where I had to leave right now, I would leave right now."
"Thats the main priority for me, making sure I've got that part taken care of. Once that's taken care of I can get go out and play, I'm ready to play I take good care of myself and football isn't . More of taking care of the family first."
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Whenever his career does come to an end, James says he'll always consider himself first and foremost a member of the Colts, with whom he rushed for a franchise-record 9,226 yards and scored 74 touchdowns. He was credited by many players with helping the team build towards its Super Bowl XLI championship in the 2006 season, the year after James left from Arizona.
Shortly after, owner Jim Irsay awarded James a player's Super Bowl ring.
"To this day, they'll always be my friends, I'll always be a Colt," said James. "I'll always enjoy, being here, coming here and watching them play."