INDIANAPOLIS – Jim Irsay is sitting in the back of that convertible, sitting next to Edgerrin James, seeing those tombstones.
This is Edge’s day, his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August 2021, and they’re riding together in the back of that 1975 Chevy Caprice in downtown Canton, Ohio. The parade route cuts through St. John’s Catholic Church Cemetery. Fans are lining Cleveland Avenue, cheering for Edge, and Irsay is throwing $100 bills because it’s what he does, but he sees those tombstones and now he’s reflecting on this life he’s lived, the highs and lows, the pain and suffering. The cocaine and alcohol and Super Bowls. The nights he fell asleep, his family worried he’d never wake up.