Kids mean a lot to James. It was his humble Immokalee, FL beginnings as a kid that drove his laser focus to help his family through football. He built deeply meaningful relationships with his friends and family, and also committed to staying out of trouble.
He worked his way to a spot at University of Miami, and finished with the most 100-plus yard games (14) in school history.
The Colts then drafted him, and he became part of a crucial offensive trio that included James, Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison. He later played three seasons with the Cardinals and one more as a Seattle Seahawk.
“You gotta know when the game is about to leave you,” James said. He started planning his exit early with the strategy of disciplined, slow, steady strokes. “If you want to solve something big, you break it down to small parts,” James said. Even for his friends in the league who find themselves in a bad place, James’ encouragement is: you can start from where you are.