James Casey (American football)

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James Casey
James Casey - Houston Texans.jpg
Casey at Houston Texans training camp.
No. 85     Philadelphia Eagles
Fullback / Tight End
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-09-22) September 22, 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth: Fort Worth, Texas
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school: Azle (TX)
College: Rice
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 5 / Pick: 152
Debuted in 2009 for the Houston Texans
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • 4x NCAA Division I tight end records
Career NFL statistics as of Week 7, 2014
Receptions 71
Receiving yards 828
Receiving TDs 5
Stats at NFL.com

James Byron Casey (born September 22, 1984) is an American football tight end and fullback for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Houston Texans in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Rice University and played baseball and football at Azle High School.

Personal life[edit]

Casey lost his mother at the age of 16, when a fire burned their home. He was only left with his backpack and the clothes he was wearing. He received support from citizens of Azle, who provided clothes, shelter and money to further his studies and his athletic career. He lived here and there, with his older sister for a while, with his future wife’s family, with the trainer at Azle High School.

Casey is married to his high school sweetheart, Kylie, and has 2 sons with her.[1]

Baseball career[edit]

Casey was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the seventh round of the 2003 MLB Draft.[2] He played in the White Sox organization for three years before retiring after 2006 to pursue a career in football.

College career[edit]

After retiring from baseball Casey chose to play college football at Rice University. As a freshman in 2007 Casey started four of 12 games recording 46 receptions for 585 yards and four touchdowns. He also had 144 rushing yards on 45 carries and five touchdowns as a running back and completed two of seven passes for 32 yards and an interception as a quarterback. He also played seven different positions in a game against Southern Mississippi.

As a sophomore in 2008 Casey started all 13 games at tight end earning third-team All-American and first-team All-Conference USA honors. He finished the season setting a single-season school record for receptions with 111 for 1,329 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also added 241 rushing yards on 57 carries and six touchdowns and completed two of five passes for five yards. Casey ended his collegiate career with NCAA tight end records for most passes caught in a season, most passes caught per game in a season, most yards gained in a season, and most yards per game in a season.[3]

After his sophomore year Casey announced that he would enter the 2009 NFL Draft.[4]

Casey graduated from Rice with a triple major in Economics, Sports Management, and Managerial Studies and a 3.84 GPA.

Professional career[edit]

Houston Texans[edit]

Casey was drafted by the Houston Texans in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. In his first game as starter, Casey caught three passes for 29 yards, but did not record a carry. In 2011, Casey was named the Texans starting fullback.

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Casey signed a three-year, $14.6 million contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on March 12, 2013.[5] [6]


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