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James Zachery
Born: (1958-08-25) August 25, 1958 (age 59)
Midland, Texas
Career information
CFL status International
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 235 lb (107 kg)
College Texas A&M
High school Austin (TX)
Hand Right
Career history
As player
19801984 Montreal Alouettes/Concordes
19851987 Edmonton Eskimos
Career highlights and awards
  • Grey Cup champion (1987
Awards 1987

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James Ray Zachery (born August 25, 1958) was a defensive tackle (linebacker in college) who played 8 seasons in the CFL from 1980 to 1987. Zachery was an 11th round draft pick of the New York Jets in 1980 out of Texas A&M, and after his release by New York, he signed as a free agent with Montreal in September of 1980. Zachery played 7 games with the Als in his rookie season, and remained with the Als through the end of the 1985 season. He missed a fair number of games due to injuries, but had his best season in Montreal in 1984 when he recorded 9.5 sacks in 16 games.

Zachery was released by Montreal in September, 1984, and joined the Edmonton Eskimos a year later in September of 1985. Zachery recorded an impressive 8 sacks in just 9 games with Edmonton in 1985. In 1986, Zachery had 9 sacks was named to the West All-Star team. Also in 1986, Zachery had an amazing 5 blocked kicks which is still a CFL single season record. Zachery's last season was 1987 when he recored 3 sacks and added 2 more blocked kicks in 18 games with Edmonton.

Zachery finished with a career total of 37 sacks and his career total of 7 blocked kicks is tied for fourth place on the CFL all-time list.

James Zachery was well liked by his team mates and fans. He was also a talented actor and musician. Unfortunately, James Zachery was killed by a gang in his home town of on January 25, 1994.

Personal life[edit]

James was the proud father of 3. Klaesha S Zachery (Molly K. Hardy) Matthew J. Zachery (adopted) Kayla M. Atkey (Cindy Atkey).

Early years[edit]

James Ray Zachery was the 6st of 9 son born to Galberson and Dorothy Zachery.


James was raise in Midland, attending De Zaval Elementary, Pease Elementary, San Jacinto Jr. high, Austin Freshmen, Midland Senior High and Texas A&M University.

College years[edit]

James went on to play college football for Texas A&M

Professional career[edit]

Montreal Alouettes[edit]

Montreal Concords[edit]

Edmonton Eskimos[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

  Games Played, Tackles and Sacks   Interceptions   Fumble Returns   Blocked Kicks   Kickoff Returns
Year Team GP T ST Total TFL Yds KD Sacks
1980 MON 7 0
1981 MON 5 2
1982 MON 13 4
1983 MON 16 9.5
1984 MON 6 1.5
1985 EDM 9 8
1986 EDM 17 9
1987 EDM 18 23 3
CFL totals 91 37



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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Todd Dillon
Ottawa Rough Riders Starting Quarterbacks
Succeeded by
Tom Burgess
Preceded by
Memphis Mad Dogs Starting Quarterback
Succeeded by
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Doug Flutie
Grey Cup MVP
Succeeded by
Karl Anthony
Preceded by
Jason Tucker
Grey Cup MVP
Succeeded by
Ricky Ray
Preceded by
Casey Printers
CFL Most Outstanding Player
Succeeded by
Geroy Simon

Category:1958 births Category:1994 deaths Category:African-American players of American football Category:African-American players of Canadian football Category:American football linebacker Category:Montreal Alouettes players Category:Montreal Concords players Category:Canadian football defensive tackles Category:Edmonton Eskimos players Category:Grey Cup champions Category:Players of American football from Texas Category:Sportspeople from Midland, Texas