James Cotton was born in Cleveland, Ohio, United States to James Graham and Catherine Cotton. He lettered in football, basketball, baseball at Collinwood High School. Cotton earned all-state honours in football and baseball and All-American honours in football. James Cotton is the founder of the BUCK-ICON Foundation. The mission is to provide resources for former members of the Ohio State football program to enhance their careers on a variety of different levels and provide programs that will help them transition into professional life in Corporate America, Athletics, Society, and the Community. James received an Associate of Arts degree from City College of San Francisco and The Ohio State University awarded him a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. As a Junior, James was an instrumental part of the Buckeyes Big Ten Championship and Sugar Bowl Victory over Texas A&M in 1998. During his senior season in 1999, Jame was voted by his coaches as the team's Most Outstanding Lineman by leading the team in sacks and tackles for loss. "My most memorable moment was being the last player sack Tom Brady Twice in the Big House". In 2000, James was drafted in the NFL by the Chicago Bears and played 7 years of professional football with stops in Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, and the Canadian Football League (2001 Grey Cup Champion). A native of Cleveland, Ohio, James is the proud father of his beautiful daughter’s Kierra Cotton and Veronica Snyder. For more info about the Buck-Icon Foundation or visit www.buckicon.com or visit www.sotl.com/jamescotton.