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Craig.James_

About

Welcome to my blog site! I’m smiling as I type this…because I remember when “bloggers” came into existence and I thought they were nuts! I was in the TV world and paid little attention to the work being done by bloggers. I apologize for my ignorance and ask your forgiveness.

The Digital World is exploding with amazing content and I’m thrilled to be able to participate in it’s growth.

I’m a fifth generation Texan, born in a small east Texas farming town. Both of my grandparents were farmers…so was my dad.

My mom and dad were born/raised in the same town. They were high school sweethearts who married and had two boys. I’m the oldest born, January 2, 1961. My brother Chris, was born October 4, 1963. Some say my brother and I left the hospital after birth, already running and playing ball. I went on to play in the NFL, while my brother went on to play Major League Baseball.

The road hasn’t always been cheerful. Over time, I’ll share my stories. Each trial has provided lessons learned and added to my testimony and bond with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

I married my high school sweetheart and have been married for almost 33 years! We have four grown children. Two are married, with one having a little boy (yes, we are grandparents) and another baby on the way next summer.

I played football for many years. First as a little boy in Pasadena, Texas for the Redskins. Then at Stratford high school on the west side of Houston, where I earned a scholarship to play at Southern Methodist University (SMU) located in Dallas, Texas.

After graduating from SMU, I went on to play in the United States Football League (USFL) then on to the New England Patriots. I was with the Patriots from 1984-88.

I was blessed to play with a lot of really good athletes…allowing me to achieve a lot of really neat personal accomplishments. I’m most proud of breaking the all-time single season rushing record in Texas high school football. I accomplished that with a bunch of great teammates. At SMU, I was on the all-conference team each of my four seasons. With New England, I played in the Pro Bowl, Super Bowl XX and was the 1985-86 Vince Lombardi NFL Offensive Player of the Year. Not in my wildest childhood dreams did I imagine any of these things being possible. I thank God for my talent, teammates and coaches who helped make it all possible.

Following my playing days, I got into the broadcast business. My first big job was in 1991 with ESPN. Along with Chris Fowler and Lee Corso…I spent five years working on ESPN’s College Gameday. I also worked at CBS Sports for six years before returning to ESPN/ABC.

In 2011, I resigned from ESPN/ABC to run for the open U.S. Senate seat in Texas. Ted Cruz went on to win the 2012 election.

From 2014- present…I have been on staff with the Family Research Council, as an assistant to FRC president, Tony Perkins.

Along the way, I have been in the real estate business, too. First as a land broker then on to buying and selling ranches. At times, I’ve been one of the bigger hay producers in the state of Texas. Ranching, farming and working cattle is in my blood.