Miami Hurricanes are in the news, even if they don’t currently sport the orange and green uniform today. Two former Canes greats, Edgerrin James and Reggie Wayne were named as two of the 25 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2020.
BREAKING: 3 first-year eligible players are among the list of 25 Modern-Era Player Semifinalists for the Class of 2020. #PFHOF20— Pro Football Hall of Fame (@ProFootballHOF) November 26, 2019
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Starting as a rookie in 1999, Edge came out of gates on fire. From 99 until 2009, James was one of the most electric and dynamic running backs during his time with the Colts, Cardinals and Seahawks. As the NFL’s 13th all-time leading rusher, James was known for many things, and excelled at several of them. His career stats read: 12,286 rushing yards, 80 rushing touchdowns, 433 receptions, 11 receiving yards.
Teaming up with Peyton Manning, Marvin Harrison, and also Wayne, the Colts became one of the leagues most prolific offenses, as James helped transform the franchise into contenders. It’s not a surprise he’s the all-time leader in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns in Colts history.
James headed to the desert and joined the Cardinals in 2006, where he was instrumental in reviving another dead franchise. With the help of Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald and others, Arizona reached the Super Bowl in 2008 for the first and only time in team history.
Edge has reached the 25 for the HOF five previous times, and last year he reached the top 10 for the first time.
Wayne was another Hurricane who got drafted to Indianapolis, arriving in 2001 after a stellar college career in Coral Gables. Lining up with fellow receiver Marvin Harrison, Wayne was fortunate enough to play with one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history in Manning, and together they made magic for 10 years.
Even when Andrew Luck became the new Indy QB in 2012, Wayne continued to produce outstanding numbers. He retired in 2014 with 1,070 receptions, 14,345 receiving yards and 82 touchdowns. Wayne also helped the Colts win a Super Bowl in 2006, and caught a touchdown in the game which was played in Miami. #87 was a six-time Pro Bowl selection, and was first-team all-pro in 2010.
This is Wayne’s first year of eligibility for the Hall, and he seems to be well on his way to landing a spot in Canton in the future.
If James and Wayne find themselves being inducted into this elite fraternity of football greatness, they will join eight of their fellow Miami Hurricanes who have also been selected into the Hall of Fame. Last year, Ed Reed became the latest Cane to be inducted, and Ray Lewis was the year prior.
Then when you consider players like Vince Wilfork, Devin Hester, Andre Johnson, Frank Gore if he ever retires, you can expect several more Hurricanes to make their push for Canton in the future.