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College Football Analyst Profiles: Craig James (ESPN Networks)

Tuesday, December 29, 2009 , Posted by Christopher Byrne at 4:17 PM, under , , ,

It has been a while since we have published a biography/profile for on-air talent. Because people are searching for Craig James' biography on Google and being led to malicious web sites trying to infect their computers, we have decided to resume with his biography so a real source will show up somewhere on Google. The following is his biography/profile as published by the ESPN Networks.

Craig James, ESPN College Football Analyst

In 2007, [Craig] James became the Thursday night college football analyst for ESPN. A standout college and professional football running back, James returned to ESPN in 2003 as a game analyst for select ESPN and ESPN2 college football telecasts. He was previously with the network as a studio analyst on College GameDay and College Football Scoreboard from 1991 to 1996.

Center of Texas Tech Storm: ESPN's Craig James (left) and Mike Patrick
before the University of South Carolina - University of Georgia kickoff on
Saturday, September 12, 2009.

Photograph Copyright 2009 by Eye on Sports Media/The Cayuga Group, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

From 1996-2002, James worked for CBS Sports in a variety of roles. He was an NFL game analyst and a studio analyst on College Football Today, NFL Today and the college basketball halftime studio show. He also served as a reporter for the network’s coverage of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship and the bobsled and luge competitions during the 1998 Olympic Winter Games.

Before joining ESPN, James was the sports anchor (6 p.m. and 10 p.m. shows) at KDFW in Dallas/Fort Worth from 1992-1993. He was a sportscaster from 1991-93 at KRLD-AM in Dallas, where he has hosted Sports Central and covered the Dallas Cowboys.

As a player at SMU, James teamed in the backfield with Eric Dickerson to form the famed “Pony Express.” He was named First-Team All-Southwest Conference from 1980-83 and played for the USFL’s Washington Federals (1983-84) and NFL’s New England Patriots (1984-88). With New England, James was the NFL Rookie of the Year in 1984 and was voted New England’s Most Valuable Player and NFL Offensive Player of the Year by The Vince Lombardi Committee in 1985. James was a starter in the 1986 Pro Bowl and Super Bowl XX.

James, a native of Jacksonville, Texas, graduated from SMU in 1983 with a degree in liberal arts, having studied history and business.

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