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William James (American football)


William James (American football)

William James
James at 49ers training camp in August 2010
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1979-06-15) June 15, 1979
Place of birth: Uniontown, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
College: Western Illinois
NFL Draft: 2001 / Round: 3 / Pick: 78
Debuted in 2001 for the New York Giants
Last played in 2010 for the San Francisco 49ers
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
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William James (born William James Peterson, Jr.; June 15, 1979) is former American football cornerback. He was drafted by the New York Giants in the third round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He played college football at Western Illinois.

James has also been a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions, and San Francisco 49ers.

College career

James (then known as Will Peterson) attended the University of Michigan for two years, one of them with the school's 1997 national championship team, before finishing his collegiate career at Western Illinois University with a brief stint at Youngstown State in Ohio between the two. In his senior season at Western Illinois, James started 10 games. He finished his college career with 96 tackles (77 solo), nine interceptions, two sacks, and 11 tackles for losses. He averaged over 26 yards per interception return and scored two defensive touchdowns.

Professional career

New York Giants

In his rookie NFL season with the Giants in 2001, James played in all sixteen games, starting in five of them. In 2002, he started all 12 games in which he played, but missed four due to injuries. In 2003, James started five games, but missed the rest of the season because of a stress fracture in his lower back. In 2004, James played in every regular season game for the Giants, and started fifteen of them. James was released by the Giants on Friday May 26, 2006; the Giants waived him because of severe back problems and health issues related to stress fractures in his lower back.

Philadelphia Eagles

He signed with the Philadelphia Eagles on October 30, 2006 and played with the team for two seasons before becoming a free agent in 2008.

Buffalo Bills

On March 18, 2008, James was signed by the Buffalo Bills to a two-year contract, but was released on August 30 during final cuts.

Jacksonville Jaguars

James was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars on September 1, 2008. The Jacksonville Jaguars released William James on Thursday, June 11, 2009.

Detroit Lions

James signed with the Detroit Lions on July 28, 2009.

San Francisco 49ers

James was signed by the San Francisco 49ers on May 5, 2010. His contract expired at season's end, making him an unrestricted free agent.


Name change

Upon signing with the Eagles, James officially dropped the Peterson Jr. from his name.


External links

  • Jacksonville Jaguars bio
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