Monday August 3, 2009 01:11
Job market tough for Super Bowl and Hall of Fame running back
Americans are experiencing the worst unemployment rates in decades, and even marquee professional athletes are finding it hard to obtain a job.
Michael Vick, who was set free two weeks ago after serving nearly two years for bankrolling a dogfighting ring, still can’t find a spot on a NFL roster, and more than a dozen teams have said they’re not interested in the former elite quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons.
The job market is even tough on former University of Miami tailback and Peyton Manning’s old teammate Edgerrin James, who just months ago led the Arizona Cardinals in rushing at Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa.
With 12,121 yards in 10 seasons, Edge is 123 yards shy of cracking the NFL’s Top 10 all-time list of rushers to likely make the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and he said there’s “not 32 backs out there better than me” in reference to the 32 NFL teams.
But he’s not worried about joining a team. The time off has allowed him to mourn the death of his longtime girlfriend, who died of leukemia in April, and he spent time last week working with 400 kids at his football camp in his hometown of Immokalee, Fla. Washington Redskins tailback Clinton Portis assisted his former college teammate.
James, who turned 31 on Saturday, is on the tail end of his career, but he still has enough juice to contribute to a team. The 6-foot-2, 219-pound back would be a good fit in New Orleans or Jacksonville, which feature smallish tailbacks Reggie Bush and Maurice Jones Drew.
If he doesn’t find employment before the NFL season, Edge can always sell the white Lamborghini he purchased during Super Bowl week.
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