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Rewind Wednesday: Craig James

Every Wednesday, High School Football America’s Jeff Fisher dives into his well-stocked treasure chest of interviews with NFL players who love to talk about high school football.

This week’s Rewind Wednesday takes you back to Jeff’s interview with former NFL running back Craig James, a member of the New England Patriots squad that faced the fabled 1985 Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XX.

James played at Stratford High School in Houston, winning a 1978 state championship in the largest classification in Texas. James was a star running back who broke Earl Campbell’s high school record by rushing for 2,411 yards in his senior season. James' Stratford team produced nine players who went on to play Division 1-A football, including lineman Chuck Thomas, who played in two Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers.

When it comes to his success in football and in life, James credits his high school coaches with helping him develop skills on and off the field. Click the play button below to listen to James talk about the importance of his high school football coaches.

Photo: AP/Elise Amendola


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