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When I first did this list, I had James at No. 2 and Dickerson at No. 1. Dickerson was the lone Hall of Famer on the list.
Surely he had to be No. 1, right?
Well, just like Faulk, Dickerson's best days were with the Rams. If there was a rusher who really defined his career by his play in Indianapolis, it would be James.
When James left after the 2005 season, he took with him some impressive numbers.
He had 9,226 yards, best in Colts franchise history, for both Indianapolis and Baltimore.
He had 64 rushing touchdowns and over 350 receptions.
James was at first labeled a mistake. The Colts had a chance to take the more publicized Ricky Williams. Instead, the Colts took James.
It was definitely a smart choice.
James started his career by leading the league in rushing his first two seasons. Once paired with Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison, the "triplets" started an impressive run of playoff appearances for the franchise.
In his third year, James was hurt. It would mark the only time he would not reach at least 900 yards with Indianapolis. Not surprisingly, it would also be the only time since 1998 that the Colts have missed the playoffs.
Lost in Manning's record setting 2004 season in which he passed for 49 touchdowns is the fact that James still had over 1,500 yards of rushing. Just as much as Manning, James was an important cog to the Colts' offense.
So important, in fact, that Colts' owner Jim Irsay presented James a Super Bowl ring, even though James had left the team in the offseason before.
That alone signifies why James is the best Colts back of all-time.