Erasmus James

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Erasmus James
No. 99
Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1982-11-04) November 4, 1982 (age 31)
Place of birth: Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 261 lb (118 kg)
Career information
High school: Hollywood (FL) McArthur
College: Wisconsin
NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18
Debuted in 2005 for the Minnesota Vikings
Last played in 2008 for the Washington Redskins
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Consensus All-American (2004)
  • First-team All-Big Ten (2004)
  • Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year (2004)
  • Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year (2004)
  • Bill Willis Award (2004)
  • The Rotary Lombardi Award Finalist (2004)
  • Bronko Nagurski Award Finalist (2004)
  • Ted Hendricks Award (2004)
  • Chuck Bednarik Finalist (2004)
Career NFL statistics
Tackles 37
Sacks 5.0
Forced fumbles 1
Stats at
Stats at

Erasmus James (born November 4, 1982) is an American football defensive end who is currently a free agent.[1] He played college football at University of Wisconsin, and earned All-American honors. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings 18th overall in the 2005 NFL Draft, and played professionally for the Vikings and the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL).

Early Years[edit]

James was born in Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis. He attended McArthur High School in Hollywood, Florida, and was a standout for the McArthur Mustangs high school football and basketball teams. Despite not playing football until his senior year, he posted 14 sacks, and 53 tackles (23 for losses) in his only season.

College Career[edit]

James attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and played for the Wisconsin Badgers football team from 2001 to 2004. He played on the defensive line alongside teammate Anttaj Hawthorne. He finished his career with 124 tackles (25.5 for losses), 18 sacks, 28 quarterback hurries, seven forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and six pass deflections. James was nicknamed "The Eraser" for his ability to sack opposing quarterbacks. He was a first-team All-Big Ten selection and was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American following his senior season in 2004.

Professional Career[edit]

Pre-draft measureables
Height Weight 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20 ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6-4⅛* 266* 4.65** 1.63* 2.77* 4.44* 7.56* 37½"* 10'02"* 25** 17*
* represents NFL Combine

325-pound bench press. 600-pound squat.[2][3]

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

James was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings 18th overall in the 2005 NFL Draft. During his rookie year, he compiled 28 total tackles and four sacks. James missed most of the 2006 and 2007 seasons with injuries. The Vikings made their intentions clear to waive James on May 23, 2008, but later rescinded the waiver after the Washington Redskins offered a conditional 2009 seventh-round draft choice. He finished his injury-plagued career with the Vikings with 37 tackles and 5 sacks.

Washington Redskins[edit]

On May 27, 2008, the Vikings agreed to trade James to the Washington Redskins for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. He appeared in five games for the Redskins in 2008 but did not record any statistics and was eventually waived on December 9, 2008.


  1. ^ "Erasmus James Signs With New Mexico Stars". Retrieved 23 November 2011. 
  2. ^ Erasmus James USA Today. Retrieved April 20, 2009.
  3. ^ pass-rusher saluted, scolded for his play

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