James Rodgers (gridiron football)

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James Rodgers
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Rodgers with the Atlanta Falcons
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Position: Wide receiver / Kickoff returner
Personal information
Born: (1988-12-20) December 20, 1988 (age 29)
Richmond, Texas
Height: 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight: 188 lb (85 kg)
Career information
High school: Richmond (TX) Lamar Consolidated
College: Oregon State
Undrafted: 2012
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
CFL status: International
Career highlights and awards
Career CFL statistics
Receptions: 7
Receiving yards: 88
Touchdowns: 1
Player stats at NFL.com

James Rodgers, Jr. (born December 20, 1988) is a former gridiron football wide receiver. He signed with the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent following the 2012 NFL Draft. He played college football for Oregon State University. He has also played for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (CFL).

High school career[edit]

Rodgers attended Lamar Consolidated High School in Richmond, Texas, where he played wide receiver and free safety. He was the 2005 and 2006 District MVP and First Team All-State. He was also a star basketball and track athlete.[1][2]

College career[edit]

Rodgers in a game vs. Louisville in 2010.

Rodgers attended Oregon State University where he majored in speech communication and minored in ethnic studies.

As a freshman in 2007, Rodgers appeared in 13 games, recording 50 rushes for 586 yards, and three touchdowns. He also recorded 19 receptions for 208 yards and one touchdown. He also returned five kickoffs for 122 yards.[3] In 2008, as a sophomore, he appeared in start 12 games. He recorded 46 carries for 408 yards, and five touchdowns. He also recorded 51 receptions for 607 yards, and four touchdowns. He also recorded 33 kickoff returns for 818 yards, and one touchdown.[4] He was named the First-team All-conference as a kick returner.[5] As a junior in 2009, he started 13 games. He recorded 58 carries for 346 yards and one touchdown. He also recorded 91 receptions for 1,034 yards and nine touchdowns. He also recorded 36 kick returns for 840 yards as well as 13 punt returns for 151 yards.[6] In 2010 as a senior, he started four games. He recorded eight carries for 38 yards. He also recorded 16 receptions for 215 yards, and two touchdowns. He also recorded 12 kickoff returns for 344 yards as well as six punt returns for 110 yards, and one touchdown.[7] On October 9, 2010, he suffered a knee injury that ended his season, allowing him to receive a medical redshirt. He returned in 2011, as a redshirt senior and started nine games. He recorded 11 carries for 75 yards. He also recorded 45 receptions for 514 yards and three touchdowns.[8]

In his career at Oregon State, Rodgers set the Oregon State career record with 6,377 all-purpose yards. He was also the first player in school history to record 1,000 yards rushing and 2,000 yards receiving for his career. He also finished his career second on the school's list for career kick return yardage (2,124). He finished third in school history with 19 touchdown receptions. He finished sixth all-time in school history in punt return average (13.7). Recorded 41 consecutive games with a pass reception. He finished fourth in school history in career receiving yards (2,582). He also finished second on the school's all-time career receptions list (222).[1]

Track and field[edit]

Rodgers was also a track star at Oregon State. He competed in the 100 meters and the 200 meters, posting personal bests of 10.33 seconds and 22.05 seconds.

Personal bests[edit]

Event Time (seconds) Venue Date
100 meters 10.45 Houston, Texas May 2, 2009
200 meters 22.00 Houston, Texas May 16, 2009

Professional career[edit]

2012 NFL Combine[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
5 ft 6 in
(1.68 m)
184 lb
(83 kg)
29 58 in
(0.75 m)
8 34 in
(0.22 m)
4.67 s 1.66 s 2.73 s 4.23 s 6.93 s 37 in
(0.94 m)
9 ft 7 in
(2.92 m)
19 reps
All values from NFL Combine, except 3-cone drill (Oregon State Pro day).[9][10]

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2012 NFL Draft, Rodgers signed with the Atlanta Falcons on April 30, 2012.[11] He was released August 31, 2012. On September 12, he was signed to the Falcons' practice squad, where he spent the entire season.[12] Before the start of the 2013 season, Rodgers was waived again, but he was re-signed to the practice squad.[13]

Montreal Alouettes[edit]

Rodgers was signed to the Montreal Alouettes' practice roster on August 6, 2014.[14] In 2014, he appeared in 10 games. He recorded seven receptions for 88 yards and one touchdown.[15] He recorded 12 carries for 60 yards and one touchdown.[16] He also recorded 11 kickoff returns for 206 yards, as well as 58 punt returns for 467 yards, and one touchdown.[17]

Coaching career[edit]

In August 2016, Rodgers joined the University of Nebraska athletic department as a graduate manager and player personnel intern.[18]


Rodgers is the son of Tasha Williams and James Rodgers, Sr.[2][19] He is also the nephew of retired safety Michael Lewis.[2] He also has three siblings, including Jacquizz Rodgers, currently a running back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who he was also teammates with during his tenure at Oregon State.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Player Bio: James Rodgers". Retrieved November 23, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d "James Rodgers 2009 Football bio". OSUBeavers.com. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  3. ^ "Rave Report - 2007 Season Stats" (PDF). OSUBeavers.com. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  4. ^ "Rave Report - 2008 Season Stats" (PDF). OSUBeavers.com. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  5. ^ "Pac-10 Announces All-Conference Football Awards". Pac-10.org. December 8, 2008. Archived from the original on May 31, 2009. Retrieved November 23, 2009.
  6. ^ "Rave Report - 2009 Season Stats" (PDF). OSUBeavers.com. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  7. ^ "Rave Report - 2010 Season Stats" (PDF). OSUBeavers.com. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  8. ^ "Rave Report - 2011 Season Stats" (PDF). OSUBeavers.com. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  9. ^ "James Rodgers, DS #67 WR, Oregon State". NFLDraftScout.com. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  10. ^ "James Rodgers NFL Draft Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  11. ^ Smith, Michael (April 30, 2012). "Falcons' undrafted free agents include James Rodgers". NBCSports.com. Retrieved 2014-07-05.
  12. ^ Adams, Jay (September 12, 2012). "WR Jamer Rodgers Added to Practice Squad". Retrieved 2014-07-05.
  13. ^ Smith, Michael (September 1, 2013). "Jacquizz Rodgers' brother returns to Falcons' practice squad". NBCSports.com. Retrieved 2014-07-05.
  14. ^ "ALOUETTES ADD RECEIVER JAMES RODGERS TO PRACTICE ROSTER". montrealalouettes.com. August 6, 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  15. ^ "2014 Montreal Alouettes receiving stats". CFL.ca. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  16. ^ "2014 Montreal Alouettes rushing stats". CFL.ca. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  17. ^ "2014 Montreal Alouettes punt & kickoff return stats". CFL.ca. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  18. ^ "James Rodgers Bio". Huskers.com. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  19. ^ "New Audio...from prison...James Rodgers Sr. speaks". OregonLive.com. December 21, 2009. Retrieved January 20, 2017.

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