Roland James

  • CB, #38
  • Height: 6’2 Weight: 191
  • Yrs/Pat: 11
  • Acquired: D-1, 1980 (14th)
  • School: Tennessee
  • Major: Human Services
  • Born: Feb 18, 1958 Jamestown OH

    Career Highlights

    • Drafted by the Patriots with the 14th pick in the first round of the 1980 draft
    • Tied for second on the team’s all-time interception list with Ron Hall (29)
    • Games Played/Started:Total: 145/122
    • Other Stats: Forced fumbles: Total- 13
    • Exceptional Punt Returner: One TD
    • 9 Career fumble recoveries
    • Games Played/Started: 1980 -16/10, 1981 -16/6, 1982 -7/7, 1983 -16/16, 1984 -15/15, 1985 -16/16, 1986 -15/15, 1987 -9/4, 1988 -15/15, 1989 -14/14, 1990 -6/4. Total: 145/122

    College Highlights

    • A consensus All-America pick for the Vols, he was a four year starter with 288 career tackles
    • Had ten career interceptions, including the third longest return in school history, a 90 yard return for a TD vs. Ole Miss in ’78
    • Also had 37 punt returns for 356 yards, including an 89 yard return for a TD vs. Vanderbilt in ’79
    • An outstanding trackster, was clocked at 7.26 secs. in 60 high hurdles and 13.5 secs. in the 110 high hurdles
    • Played in Hula, Senior and Bluebonnet Bowls.

    Personal

    • Has three sons: Vernald, Roland Jr. and Roman
    • Actively makes speeches in the offseason and works for Special Olympics and Cancer Society
    • Likes to swim, cook, listen to music, race go-karts and roller skate