Ran for 2411 yards in his senior season in high school, setting a Texas 4A record.
Teamed with Eric Dickerson to form the "Pony Express" at SMU, with each running back recording three straight 1000-yard seasons from 1980-82. Set a Holiday Bowl record in 1980 with 225 rushing yards in a 46-45 loss to BYU, sharing MVP honors with BYU QB Jim McMahon.
Became SMU's punter midway through his junior season, averaging 44.9 yards to lead the Southwest Conference and rank sixth in the nation. James was the first player in 21 years to be named all-SWC at two positions.
Played professionally for both the USFL's Washington Federals and NFL's New England Patriots. James capped a stellar 1985-86 season (1272 yards) with 105 rushing yards in an AFC title-game upset of Miami, but was held to one yard on five carries against the Bears (and McMahon) in Super Bowl XX.
Broke into broadcasting in the Dallas area while also contributing to ESPN's college-football studio shows. Covered bobsledding and luge at the 1998 Winter Olympics during his tenure at CBS (1996-2003) before moving full-time to ABC and ESPN.
Established the Craig James Broadcasting School in 1993, assisting in the careers of Merril Hoge and Kirk Herbstreit, among others.
Embroiled in a 2009 controversy involving son Adam's treatment by Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach, who allegedly had Adam locked in an equipment shed while he recovered from a concussion.
Chris James — Brother
Caylin James — Daughter
Marilyn James — Wife
Adam James — Son
Jessica James — Daughter
Andy James — Son
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, United States (BA in History, 1983)