James Saxon (American football)

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James Saxon
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Saxon in 2012 as Minnesota Vikings running backs coach
Pittsburgh Steelers
Position: Running backs coach
Personal information
Date of birth: (1966-03-23) March 23, 1966 (age 51)
Place of birth: Beaufort, South Carolina
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 239 lb (108 kg)
Career information
High school: Burton (SC) Battery Creek
College: San Jose State
NFL Draft: 1988 / Round: 6 / Pick: 139
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards: 533
Yards per carry: 3.7
Rushing touchdowns: 5
Receiving yards: 515
Player stats at NFL.com

James Elijah Saxon (born March 23, 1966) is an American football coach and former running back who is currently the running backs coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League. He played college football at San Jose State before playing in the NFL from 1988 to 1995.

Early life and college career[edit]

Born in Beaufort, South Carolina, James Saxon graduated from Battery Creek High School in Burton, South Carolina in 1984.[1] Saxon moved to Sacramento, California to attend American River College and played on its football team from 1984 to 1985.[1] Then, Saxon transferred to San Jose State University. Saxon played for the San Jose State Spartans football team in 1986 and 1987 as running back and was part of the Spartans' 1986 California Bowl championship team.[2]

Professional playing career[edit]

Saxon was selected in the sixth round of the 1988 NFL Draft as the 135th overall pick. As a fullback, Saxon played for the Kansas City Chiefs from 1988 to 1991, Miami Dolphins from 1992 to 1994, and Philadelphia Eagles in 1995.[3][4]

Coaching career[edit]

In 1997, Saxon got his first coaching job as running backs coach at Rutgers University, a position he would have for two years. Saxon also served as a training camp coaching intern for the Kansas City Chiefs in 1998. In 1999, Saxon was a volunteer assistant coach for Menlo College.[1]

Saxon then became running backs coach for the Buffalo Bills in 2000 and held the same positions for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2001 to 2007, Miami Dolphins from 2008 to 2010, and Minnesota Vikings from 2010 to 2013. He was hired by the Pittsburgh Steelers for the same position on January 28, 2014.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "James Saxon". Pittsburgh Steelers. Retrieved January 21, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-05. Retrieved 2013-10-03. 
  3. ^ http://www.nfl.com/player/jamessaxon/2502848/profile
  4. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/S/SaxoJa00.htm

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