James Saxon
Saxon in 2012 as Minnesota Vikings running backs coach
Arizona Cardinals
Position:Running backs coach
Personal information
Born: (1966-03-23) March 23, 1966 (age 55)
Beaufort, South Carolina
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:239 lb (108 kg)
Career information
High school:Burton (SC) Battery Creek
College:San Jose State
NFL Draft:1988 / Round: 6 / Pick: 139
Career history
As a player:
As a coach:
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:533
Yards per carry:3.7
Rushing touchdowns:5
Receiving yards:515
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

James Elijah Saxon (born March 23, 1966) is an American football coach and former fullback who is the running backs coach for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He previously served as an assistant coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills.

Saxon played college football at San Jose State and was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the sixth round of the 1988 NFL Draft. He played for eight seasons in the NFL with the Chiefs, Miami Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles.

Early life

Born in Beaufort, South Carolina, James Saxon graduated from Battery Creek High School in Burton, South Carolina in 1984.[1]

Playing career

College

Saxon moved to Sacramento, California to attend American River College and played on its football team from 1984 to 1985.[1] Then, Saxon transferred to San Jose State University. Saxon played for the San Jose State Spartans football team in 1986 and 1987 as running back and was part of the Spartans' 1986 California Bowl championship team.[2] James Saxon also has a son named Devin Saxon, some people may know him as a Football Player on the Harvard Crimson Football Team. Others may recognize him as "Mr. Minnesota" from the 2012 Cosmo's Bachelor of the Year.

National Football League

Saxon was selected in the sixth round of the 1988 NFL Draft as the 135th overall pick. As a fullback, Saxon played for the Kansas City Chiefs from 1988 to 1991, Miami Dolphins from 1992 to 1994, and Philadelphia Eagles in 1995.[3][4]

Coaching career

Early career

In 1997, Saxon got his first coaching job as running backs coach at Rutgers University, a position he would have for two years. Saxon also served as a training camp coaching intern for the Kansas City Chiefs in 1998. In 1999, Saxon was a volunteer assistant coach for Menlo College.[1]

Buffalo Bills

In 2000, Saxon was hired by the Buffalo Bills as their running backs coach.

Kansas City Chiefs

In 2001, Saxon was hired by the Kansas City Chiefs as their running backs coach. He would serve in that position until 2007.

Miami Dolphins

In 2008, Saxon was hired by the Miami Dolphins as their running backs coach and would serve in that position until 2009.

Minnesota Vikings

In 2010, Saxon was hired by the Minnesota Vikings as their running backs coach.

Pittsburgh Steelers

In 2014, Saxon was hired by the Pittsburgh Steelers as their running backs coach coach under head coach Mike Tomlin.

Arizona Cardinals

On January 14, 2019, Saxon was hired by the Arizona Cardinals as their running backs coach under head coach Kliff Kingsbury.

References

  1. ^ a b c "James Saxon". Pittsburgh Steelers. Retrieved January 21, 2015.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 5, 2013. Retrieved October 3, 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ http://www.nfl.com/player/jamessaxon/2502848/profile
  4. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/S/SaxoJa00.htm