James Starks

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James Starks
James Starks.jpg
Starks in 2011
No. 44 Green Bay Packers
Position: Running Back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-02-25) February 25, 1986 (age 29)
Place of birth: Niagara Falls, New York
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 218 lb (99 kg)
Career information
High school: Niagara Falls (NY)
College: Buffalo
NFL draft: 2010 / Round: 6 / Pick: 193
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Super Bowl Champion (XLV)
  • NFC Champion (2010)
  • Packers' postseason record for rushing yards in a game by a rookie
  • Second Team All-MAC (2006,2007)
  • First-team All-MAC (2008)
  • SI Honorable Mention All-American (2008)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 6, 2015
Rushing Yards: 2,046
Rushing Average: 4.2
Rushing Touchdowns: 8
Receiving Yards: 566
Receiving Touchdowns: 2
Stats at NFL.com

James Darell Starks (born February 25, 1986) is an American football running back for the Green Bay Packers. He was drafted by the Packers in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York.

High school career[edit]

James attended high school in Niagara Falls, New York, where he played football and ran track. In football, he ran for 1,048 yards and threw for over 600 yards for the Wolverines of Niagara Falls High School while earning All-Western New York honors in his senior season. He served as a captain for three years. In track & field, Starks was one of the states top performers in the long jump (PR of 7.00 meters), and also recorded a 11.14 100-meter dash time.

Considered only a two-star recruit by Rivals.com, Starks' only scholarship offer came from Buffalo, which he accepted.

College career[edit]

Starks enjoyed a standout career at Buffalo. He set a career rushing record with 3,140 yards, and scored 40 total touchdowns. He registered back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons as a sophomore and junior. He was one of the elite backs in the MAC and the nation and became the first 1,000-yard rusher in the Bulls’ Division I-A era. He also became the first UB freshman to earn All-MAC honors in 2006. He was named to the All-Mac Second Team as a freshman and sophomore, and was named to the All-Mac First Team as a junior. Starks did not play in his senior season due to a shoulder injury.[1] He is also a member of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity.

Professional career[edit]

Green Bay Packers[edit]

Starks lined up at running back for the Packers

Starks was drafted by the Packers in the sixth round—193rd overall—in the 2010 NFL Draft. He was injured during training camp and was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list. After being activated off the PUP list on November 10, he made his NFL debut on December 5 against the San Francisco 49ers, with 18 carries for 73 yards. On January 9 in the 2011 Wild Card Playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Starks broke the Packers' rookie post-season record for rushing yards in a single game. His first touchdown came against the Chicago Bears in the NFC championship game. Starks's rookie season finished with a win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV in which he rushed for 52 yards on 11 carries.[2]

On the weekend before the Super Bowl, the Niagara Falls—in his hometown of Niagara Falls, New York—were lit green and gold in his honor. The following Monday, Starks later met with Niagara Falls mayor Paul Dyster.

On November 11, 2015, after Starks had positive performances while replacing or backing up Eddie Lacy, he was named the starter by head coach Mike McCarthy for the upcoming game against the Detroit Lions.

Career statistics[edit]


Season Team Games Rushing Receiving
GP GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
2010 Green Bay Packers 3 0 29 101 3.5 16 0 2 15 7.5 12 0
2011 Green Bay Packers 13 2 113 578 4.3 40 1 29 216 7.4 17 0
2012 Green Bay Packers 6 2 71 255 3.6 22 1 4 31 7.8 9 0
2013 Green Bay Packers 13 1 89 493 5.5 41 3 10 89 8.9 23 1
2014 Green Bay Packers 16 0 85 333 3.9 41 2 18 140 7.8 28 0
Total 51 5 407 1,760 4.3 41 7 63 491 7.8 28 1


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