CBS Sports Broadcaster Craig James
Craig James, who joined CBS Sports in 1996 as a college football studio analyst for COLLEGE FOOTBALL TODAY, will serve as an analyst for THE NFL TODAY, the CBS Television Network's NFL studio show, for the 1999-2000 season. Last season, he served as an analyst and reporter for three regular-season NFL games, as well as for THE NFL TODAY during the AFC Playoffs.
In addition, James was a reporter for CBS Sports' coverage of bobsled and luge at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games and has served as host of AT THE HALF® and as a reporter for the Network's coverage of the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship.
He joined CBS Sports after serving as studio analyst for ESPN's "College GameDay" and "College Football Scoreboard" programs, college halftimes and "NFL PrimeMonday." He also provided commentary and analysis for ESPN Sports Radio and ESPN2's "SportsNight." He started at ESPN in 1991 as an analyst for College Football Association games.
Before working for ESPN, James was a radio analyst for Southern Methodist football (1989-90). He went on to host "Special Edition" and "Profiles" for Dallas Cowboys television and co-hosted "The Jimmy Johnson Show" (1990-91). He was also a sportscaster at KRLD Radio in Dallas, executive producer and co-host of "The Michael Irvin Show" on KDFW-TV Dallas and anchor at KDFW (1992-93).
The former Southern Methodist University tailback was teamed with Eric Dickerson to form the famed "Pony Express." After being named first-team All-Southwest Conference (1980-83), James played for the USFL's Washington Federals (1983-84) and the NFL's New England Patriots (1984-88). He was the Patriots' Rookie of the Year (1984) and Most Valuable Player (1985), in addition to being named the NFL's Offensive Player of the Year (1985). James started in the 1986 Pro Bowl and Super Bowl XX (1986) versus the Chicago Bears.
James was graduated from SMU in 1983 with a liberal arts degree. He was born Jan. 2, 1961 in Jacksonville, Texas, and now lives in Plano, Texas, with his wife, Marilyn, and four children.