James Casey (American football)
Casey at Houston Texans training camp in 2010.
|Position:||Tight ends coach|
|Date of birth:||September 22, 1984|
|Place of birth:||Fort Worth, Texas|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||240 lb (109 kg)|
|High school:||Azle (TX)|
|NFL Draft:||2009 / Round: 5 / Pick: 152|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
James Byron Casey (born September 22, 1984) is a former American football tight end and fullback and current tight ends coach for the Houston Cougars. He was drafted by the Houston Texans in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft and has also played for the Philadelphia Eagles and Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Rice University and played baseball and football at Azle High School.
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, Texas, who provided clothes, shelter and money to further his studies and his athletic career. He lived in various locations, 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 two sons with her.
Casey was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the seventh round of the 2003 MLB Draft. He played in the White Sox organization for three years before retiring after 2006 to pursue a career in football.
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.
Casey graduated from Rice with a triple major in Economics, Sports Management, and Managerial Studies and a 3.84 GPA.
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.
Casey signed a one-year deal with the Broncos on April 11, 2015. He was reunited with his former Texans head coach, Gary Kubiak.
On October 9, 2015, Casey was released from the Broncos to make room for Derek Wolfe, who came off a four-game suspension.
- 2003 Draft: Chicago White Sox
- "2013 Football Bowl Subdivision Records" (PDF). NCAA. p. 9. Retrieved October 5, 2013.
- Southern Miss' McRath, Rice's Casey leave for NFL
- Eagles add James Casey
- Monday Morning Quarterback. King, Peter. 2013 Mar 18.
- Wilkening, Mike (February 19, 2015). "Eagles release James Casey". profootballtalk.com. Retrieved 2015-02-19.
- James Casey reunites with Tom Herman on the University of Houston coaching staff by Joseph Duarte. Houston Chronicle, 13 Jan 2016. Retrieved 2016-01-15.