James Hodgins
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Personal information
Born: (1977-04-30) April 30, 1977 (age 44)
San Jose, California
Career information
High school:Oak Grove
(San Jose, California)
College:San Jose State
Career history
As a player:
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:31
Receiving yards:178
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

James William Hodgins (born April 30, 1977) is a former American football fullback.

High school

Hodgins graduated from Oak Grove High School in his birthplace of San Jose, California in 1995 and lettered in football, basketball, and track.[1]

College career

At San Jose State University, Hodgins played four years on the San Jose State Spartans football team from 1995 to 1998 seasons. Hodgins was a fullback for his first three seasons. In 1996 as a sophomore, Hodgins had 326 yards rushing on 70 carries and 116 yards on 16 pass receptions.[1] As a junior in 1997, Hodgins rushed for 237 yards on 50 carries and made one 14-yard reception.[2] In 1998 as a senior, Hodgins moved to the defensive line as a linebacker and made 18 tackles and 3 sacks. He graduated from San Jose State with a sociology degree in 1999.[1]

Professional career

St. Louis Rams (1999–2002)

Hodgins signed with the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted free agent following the 1999 NFL Draft. As a rookie in 1999, Hodgins played 15 games, rushed for 10 yards in 7 carries with one touchdown, and made 6 receptions for 35 yards.[3] On November 28, Hodgins scored his first NFL career touchdown on a one-yard run.[1] Hodgins played in the divisional round game against the Minnesota Vikings.[4] The Rams later won Super Bowl XXXIV.

In 2000, Hodgins again played 15 games and started two; his first start was in Week 11 (November 12) in which he made one 3-yard reception. In his next start on November 26, Hodgins did not make any receptions or rushes.[5] Overall, Hodgins' statistics were very limited this season, with one reception for 3 yards and 2 rushes for 5 yards.[5]

Hodgins started 10 of the 16 regular season games of the 2001 season and made 4 receptions for 24 yards and his first career receiving touchdown. He also had 5 rushing yards on 2 carries. Hodgins also played in all three postseason games, including the Rams' Super Bowl XXXVI loss to the New England Patriots. In the Super Bowl, Hodgins made a 3-yard rush and 8-yard reception.[6]

Due to a broken foot, Hodgins did not play the first seven games of the 2002 season.[1] Hodgins then started 8 of the last 9 games. He rushed for 7 yards on 3 carries and made 9 catches for 47 yards.[3] Hosgins became a free agent after the 2002 season.

Arizona Cardinals (2003–2005)

In 2003, Hidgins signed a four-year deal worth a reported $5 million with the Arizona Cardinals.[7] In the 2003 season Hodgins started 8 of 16 games and rushed for 6 yards on 2 carries and made 14 receptions for 58 yards and two touchdowns.[3] Hodgins spent the 2004 season on injured reserve due to an injured shoulder.[1] In the 2005 season, Hodgins played only one game.[3]

New York Jets (2006)

In six games with the New York Jets in 2006, Hodgins made 2 receptions for 9 yards.[3] Hodgins returned a kickoff for 17 yards in the October 22 game against the Detroit Lions.[4]

Personal life

Hodgins lives in Oakley, California and works as a Christian motivational speaker and high school football coach.[8][9] After being head coach at Berean Christian High School in Walnut Creek, California, from 2013 to 2018, Hodgins became head coach at Berkeley High School in 2019.[10]

In June 2010, Hodgins was arrested and charged with fraudulently renting out homes he did not own. Hodgins pled guilty and complied with terms of an agreement requiring him to reimburse victims and obey the law for one year.[11] He then went on to voluntarily make restitution above what was required.[12]

His sons Isaiah and Isaac both played college football at Oregon State, with Isaiah eventually going to the Buffalo Bills in the 2020 NFL Draft.


  1. ^ a b c d e f "James Hodgins". Arizona Cardinals. Archived from the original on January 8, 2006.
  2. ^ "1997 San Jose State University Team Stats". CNN/SI. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d e "James Hodgins". NFL. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
  4. ^ a b "James Hodgins career game log". pro-football-reference. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
  5. ^ a b "James Hodgins game log, 2000". NFL. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
  6. ^ "James Hodgins game log, 2001". NFL. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
  7. ^ "Cardinals finally spend some money".
  8. ^ James Hodgins speaker bio
  9. ^ http://bayareafca.org/jamesbio
  10. ^ Lefkow, Mike (April 12, 2019). "Is Berkeley High football about to re-emerge with its new coaching hire?". East Bay Times. Retrieved April 21, 2010.
  11. ^ "Former NFL player pays back East Bay scam victims, gets case dismissed". East Bay Times. 2013-08-14. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  12. ^ Salonga, Robert (June 4, 2010). "Super Bowl champ arrested in Oakley housing scam". Contra Costa Times. Archived from the original on October 29, 2013. Retrieved February 5, 2013.