Ed. note: Roy Hobbson is one of the best voices in the Indianapolis area. He's contributed before to 18to88.com, but most know him for his work on The Silent Pagoda (RIP) and Flipside Sports (sigh). He is my favorite writer on the internet, bar none. Please welcome his debut piece for Colts Authority. -NID
Edgerrin James came to Indianapolis perceived as the least-Indianapolis person in the vast history of least-Indianapolis people, ever. He left as its most beloved.
More so than Reggie.
Or Peyton even, or Kurt Vonnegut or anyone else, because “beloved” is a tricky word.
He was an enigma wrapped in 4 AM games of craps wrapped in our own misconceptions, and “he led by example,” explains Bill Polian. “He set as great an example as I ever saw.”
Because of course he did. Because nothing about Edge was ever one-dimensional or simple.
If we are honest with ourselves, and even if we aren’t, we tend to pre-judge people on occasion. And in the beginning, we all did, I fear. We ...