INDIANAPOLIS — Jim Irsay is sitting in the back of that convertible, sitting next to Edgerrin James, seeing those headstones.
It’s Edge’s day, his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August 2021, and they’re riding together in the back of this 1975 Chevy Caprice through downtown Canton, Ohio. The parade route passes through the cemetery of St. John’s Catholic Church. Fans line Cleveland Avenue, cheering Edge, and Irsay throws in $100 bills because that’s what he does, but he sees those tombstones and now he reflects on that life he’s lived, the ups and downs the downs, the pain and the suffering. Cocaine and booze and the Super Bowls. On the nights he fell asleep, his family feared he would never wake up.