LaMichael James to be inducted into College Football Hall of Fame

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LaMichael James is one of 22 to be inducted later this year into the College Football Hall of Fame.


TEXARKANA, Texas — LaMichael James is arguably the most celebrated running back from Texarkana, although many have been recognized as such.

The former Liberty-Eylau, Oregon Duck and NFL back has picked up another honor. He will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

“I have no word at this very moment, it’s still surreal to me,” James said on Facebook.  “I do know I love you all and I’m extremely grateful for the continuous love and support you have showed me in life.”

It was announced Monday that James is one of 22 who will join the Class of 2023. That group will officially be inducted during the 65th NFF annual awards dinner on Dec. 5 at the ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

James set most of Liberty-Eylau’s school rushing records (2005-2007), only to see Tra Carson break several a few years later and follow James to Oregon University. Weighing in at 185 pounds during his schoolboy days, James still holds the record of 4,273 yards, a career mark at L-E.

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LaMichael James was drafted in second round by the San Francisco 49ers in 2012.

LaMichael James led L-E to state championship

Nearly 2,000 of those yards came during his junior year in 2006.  The Leopards won the UIL Class 3A Division II state championship. James piled up 2,043 yards his senior season, earning him several scholarship offers from coast-to-coast. He settled on Oregon, where he will join five other Ducks in the Hall of Fame. Norm Van Brocklin, Mel Renfro and Ahmad Rashad were all NFL stars.

“Selection to the College Football Hall of Fame is a well-deserved honor for LaMichael,” said Oregon University Director of Athletics Rob Mullens. “He is a true Duck legend and one of the most electrifing players in the history of college football.

“The legacy LaMichael left in Eugene is everlasting and a significant reason for the continued success of our football program. He led our team to tremendous heights and produced so many memorable moments while being part of an offense that changed the game of college football.”

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LaMichael James retired after playing for the Miami Dolphins because of injuries.

LaMichael James won several college awards

James ranks second all-time at Oregon in career rushing yards (5,082), all-purpose yards (5,869), rushing touchdowns (53), 100-yard rushing games (26) and total points scored (348). He owns the program record with seven career 200-yard rushing games. His 21 rushing touchdowns in a season is tied for the school record, and his 144 points is the most in a season.

Oregon reached three BCS bowls with James (2009-11), including the 2011 BCS National Championship game. The Ducks won three consecutive Pac-12 titles, and James was the first unanimous first-team All-
American (2010) and consensus two-time All-American in program history. James won the Doak Walker Award in 2010 as the nation’s best running back, and was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy.

He was a finalist for the Doak Walker and Paul Hornung Awards as the most versatile player in the nation in 2011. He is one only three players in conference history to rush for 1,700 yards in consecutive seasons.

LaMichael James

Born in New Boston, Texas, James was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and selected as a FWAA freshman All-American in 2009, when he set the conference record for rushing yards by a freshman (1,546).

James was drafted by San Francisco in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He played for both the 49ers and Miami Dolphins.

James currently owns and operates Killer Burger franchises in Oregon. A third location set to open in Eugene later this year.