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Ron "Po" James

Football ∙ New Brighton

 

 

 

 

Ron (Po) James scored only fifty points in each of his first two seasons as a powerhouse running back at New Brighton High School but romped for 200 points in his famous 1967 season, earned first team All State honors from both the AP and UPI, was named a high school All American, and earned a starting assignment in the annual Big 33 All Star game. Po played his college football at New Mexico State University, where he set an NCAA rushing record of 1782 yards that was finally broken by Herschel Walker of Georgia in 1980. Po compiled a college career rushing total of 3884 yards for an average of 4.75 yards per carry. His four year total offense of 5979 yards included 172 kickoff returns for 1870 yards and an average of 26 yards per return. He received several All American honors. In 1972 Po was a fourth round draft pick of the Philadelphia Eagles, earning a starting post during his first season and rushing for 565 yards on 182 carries, adding 156 yards on 20 pass receptions and another 413 yards on sixteen kickoff returns. After he was released by the Eagles in 1976, Po continued to reside in the Philadelphia area and was the director of the Baptist Children’s Services.