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Craig James is a former star running back for the New England Patriots who is now starring as a college football analyst for ESPN and ABC Sports. Craig first became nationally known when he teamed in the famed “Pony Express” backfield at SMU with Eric Dickerson in the early 80’s. He was a First Team All-Southwest Conference selection from 1980-83. After graduating from SMU, he played for the Washington Federals of the USFL (1983-84) and the Patriots (1984-88). With New England, James was the NFL “Rookie of the Year” in 1984 when he rushed for 790 yards. He was voted New England’s “Most Valuable Player” and NFL “Offensive Player of the Year” by the Vince Lombardi Committee in 1985, when he rushed for 1,227 yards and five touchdowns. He was a starter in the 1986 Pro Bowl and Super Bowl XX. From 1991 through 1996, Craig was at ESPN as a studio analyst for “College Gameday.” From 1996-2002, he worked for CBS Sports in a variety of roles. He was an NFL game analyst, a studio analyst on “College Football Today” and the “NFL Today”, and a reporter on the network’s coverage of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship and the 1998 Olympic Winter Games.
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