Tory James in 2006
|Date of birth:||May 18, 1973|
|Place of birth:||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||190 lb (86 kg)|
|High school:||Marrero (LA) Archbishop Shaw|
|NFL draft:||1996 / Round: 2 / Pick: 44|
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James attended Archbishop Shaw High School before going to college at Louisiana State University, and was originally drafted by the Denver Broncos in the second round of the 1996 NFL Draft. His career was endangered by a serious knee injury suffered in the first preseason game of the 1997 season. James tore the patellar tendon in his right knee and missed the entire season. The Broncos were the NFL champions of the 1998 season after winning Super Bowl XXXIII against the Atlanta Falcons.
In 2000, after he accumulated 65 tackles and seven interceptions, the Broncos made no effort to resign James. He then signed with the Oakland Raiders as an unrestricted free agent, signing a five-year, $18 million contract. However, after the 2002 season, the Raiders (after eight interceptions in three years) left James unprotected again, and he signed a four-year, $14 million contract with the Cincinnati Bengals.
On January 6, 2001, during the Raiders' divisional playoff game against the Miami Dolphins, James made a 90-yard interception return for a touchdown, and the Raiders beat the Dolphins 27-0 in Oakland.
On February 9, 2007 Bengals coach Marvin Lewis indicated that James will not be resigned. He was signed by the New England Patriots on April 17, 2007. James was cut by the Patriots on September 9, 2007.
- "Raiders shut out Dolphins, advance to AFC title tilt". CNN/SI. Associated Press. January 7, 2001. Retrieved October 9, 2011.