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From Gold Teeth to Gold Jacket: My Life in Football and Business

From Gold Teeth to Gold Jacket: My Life in Football and Business

From Gold Teeth to Gold Jacket: My Life in Football and Business

From Gold Teeth to Gold Jacket: My Life in Football and Business


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How a young man with a solid work ethic carried himself out of poverty to the pinnacle of professional sports and business.

Before he turned sixteen, Edgerrin James had already developed the critical thinking and mental discipline required for him to become one of the most astute business minds in professional sports.
Acclaimed as one of the greatest running backs of his generation who was inducted into the 2020 Pro Football Hall of Fame, James is a self-made financial whiz and philanthropist.
Selected by the Indianapolis Colts with the fourth overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft and signing the largest contract for a rookie running back in league history, James amassed over 12,000 rushing yards, was a four-time NFL All-Pro, and led the league in rushing in each of his first two seasons.
In his new memoir, From Gold Teeth to Gold Jacket, with award-winning sports journalist John Harris and a foreword from fellow teammate and Hall of Famer Peyton Manning, James shares his unique, no-holds-barred perspective in becoming an all-time NFL great while also building a financial empire while raising six children.
The product of a single-parent household in one of the most downtrodden rural areas in the state of Florida, James balanced life as a young father as he became one of the best players in college football at the University of Miami. Later, facing what seemed like an insurmountable obstacle after reaching the pros, he overcame a devastating knee injury to leave an indelible mark on the sport.
When his football career ended prematurely following the tragic death of the mother of his children, James made a seamless transition to become a successful businessman. This tell-all book, featuring colorful anecdotes from his football career and personal life delivered in conversational prose, draws parallels between sports and business and guides readers on how to develop their own personal game plan to reach their maximum potential.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683584322
Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
Publication date: 02/08/2022
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 310,119
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Edgerrin James is a Pro Football Hall of Fame running back who starred for teams including the Indianapolis Colts and Arizona Cardinals after being selected fourth overall in the 1999 NFL Draft. Among the most astute businessmen in professional sports, he was AP Offensive Rookie of the Year and earned four Pro Bowl and four All-Pro selections during his illustrious career. He currently resides in Miami, Florida. You can follow James online at, or on Instagram @edgerrinjames.

John Harris is a journalist based in Austin, Texas. He has covered sports, culture, race and the executive search industry for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Tampa Bay Times, ESPN's The Undefeated, CBS Sportsline, Hunt Scanlon Media and others. Harris has covered major sporting events throughout his career, including Super Bowl XLIII, which Edgerrin James participated.

Peyton Manning is one of the most recognized and revered players in NFL history. Taken number one overall in the 1998 draft, Manning played seventeen seasons in the league, winning two Super Bowls (one with the Indianapolis Colts and one with the Denver Broncos), was a 14-time Pro Bowler, five-time MVP, and will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2021. A celebrity both on and off the field, he spent seven seasons as a teammate with Edgerrin James, where the two built a friendship that lasts to this day.

Table of Contents

Foreword Peyton Manning vii

Introduction John Harris xi

Part I Immokalee (1978-1993) 1

Chapter 1 The Early Years 3

Chapter 2 My Dream Car 25

Part II High School (1993-1996) 43

Chapter 3 Schoolbooks and Playbooks 45

Chapter 4 Dreads and Gold Teeth 61

Part III The U (1996-1998) 69

Chapter 5 A Cane at Last 71

Chapter 6 Football and Family 91

Chapter 7 Junior Year and the UCLA Game 95

Part IV NFL Bound (1999) 103

Chapter 8 Team Edgerrin and the NFL Draft 105

Chapter 9 Edge and Ricky-Then and Now 129

Part V An Indianapolis Colt (1999-2005) 139

Chapter 10 Indiana, Here I Come 141

Chapter 11 Good Times 161

Chapter 12 Wounded Knee 173

Chapter 13 Business, Never Personal 187

Part VI Football in the Desert (2006-2009) 193

Chapter 14 New Attitude 195

Chapter 15 Changing Priorities 211

Part VII Poor Man, Rich Man 221

Chapter 16 Managing Your Money 223

Chapter 17 Common Sense Dollars and Cents 235

Chapter 18 Financial Literacy 101 247

Chapter 19 Owning the Dirt 259

Chapter 20 More Power to the Players 271

Part VIII Hello Hall of Fame 283

Chapter 21 Number 336 285

Hall of Fame Speech 301

Acknowledgments 307

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