Unfortunately the Pro Football Hall of Fame will not be holding its Class of 2020 induction ceremonies scheduled for August 8 due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, that’s not stopping High School Football America from saluting the game’s greats.
Throughout the coming week, we’ll be using our new feature called Clippings to look back on the high school careers of this year’s honorees.
We start by looking back at Edgerrin James’ career at Immokalee High School in Florida. As a junior, James caught the eye of college football recruiters when he led the state in rushing with 2,127 yards with 29 rushing touchdowns.
In 1994, James led Immokalee to a 7-4 mark and a district championship, grabbing headlines along the way.Sat, Oct 1, 1994 – Page 45 · News-Press (Fort Myers, Florida) · Newspapers.com Sat, Oct 1, 1994 – Page 41 · News-Press (Fort Myers, Florida) · Newspapers.com
His senior year started with him on the sidelines because of an elbow injury. When James returned to the field, he made an instant impact, turning around the team’s 0-5 start.Sat, Oct 21, 1995 – Page 32 · News-Press (Fort Myers, Florida) · Newspapers.com
James’ return to led to four wins in the final five games. He finished with 1,304 yards with 10 touchdowns and was named to Parade Magazine‘s All-American Team.Sat, Oct 1, 1994 – Page 45 · News-Press (Fort Myers, Florida) · Newspapers.com