William James (American football)
James at 49ers training camp in August 2010
|No. 24, 21, 22, 41, 31|
|Date of birth:||June 15, 1979|
|Place of birth:||Uniontown, Pennsylvania|
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||200 lb (91 kg)|
|NFL Draft:||2001 / Round: 3 / Pick: 78|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at PFR|
William James (born William James Peterson, Jr.; June 15, 1979) is a former American football cornerback. He was drafted by the New York Giants in the third round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He played college football at Western Illinois.
James (then known as Will Peterson) attended the University of Michigan for two years, one of them with the school's 1997 national championship team, before finishing his collegiate career at Western Illinois University with a brief stint at Youngstown State in Ohio between the two. In his senior season at Western Illinois, James started 10 games. He finished his college career with 96 tackles (77 solo), nine interceptions, two sacks, and 11 tackles for losses. He averaged over 26 yards per interception return and scored two defensive touchdowns.
New York Giants
In his rookie NFL season with the Giants in 2001, James played in all sixteen games, starting in five of them. In 2002, he started all 12 games in which he played, but missed four due to injuries. In 2003, James started five games, but missed the rest of the season because of a stress fracture in his lower back. In 2004, James played in every regular season game for the Giants, and started fifteen of them. James was released by the Giants on Friday May 26, 2006; the Giants waived him because of severe back problems and health issues related to stress fractures in his lower back.
He signed with the Philadelphia Eagles on October 30, 2006 and played with the team for two seasons before becoming a free agent in 2008.
On March 18, 2008, James was signed by the Buffalo Bills to a two-year contract, but was released on August 30 during final cuts.
James was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars on September 1, 2008. The Jacksonville Jaguars released William James on Thursday, June 11, 2009.
James signed with the Detroit Lions on July 28, 2009.
San Francisco 49ers
James was signed by the San Francisco 49ers on May 5, 2010. His contract expired at season's end, making him an unrestricted free agent.
Upon signing with the Eagles, James officially dropped the Peterson Jr. from his name.