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Roland James
Date of birth: February 18, 1958 (1958-02-18) (age 51)
Place of birth: Xenia, Ohio
Career information
Position(s): Cornerback
College: Tennessee
NFL Draft: 1980 / Round: 1 / Pick 14
 As player:
1980-1990 New England Patriots
Playing stats at

Roland Orlando James (born February 18, 1958 in Xenia, Ohio), is a former American Football defensive back who was selected by the New England Patriots in the 1st round of the 1980 NFL Draft. At 6'2", 190 lbs from the University of Tennessee, James played his entire NFL career for the Patriots from 1980-1990. He currently resides in Sharon, MA and is working as the Director of Youth Services at the Somerville Community Youth Program in Somerville, MA.

Roland had the longest punt return in the NFL during the 1980 season. He returned a punt 75 yards for a TD in the Patriots 34-21 win over the New York Jets @ Schaefer Stadium on 11-02-80.

Roland recorded 5 sacks (Richard Todd, Jim McMahon, David Woodley, Dave Krieg & Steve Dills)

He intercepted a pass by David Woodley on the last play of the Patriots 3-0 "Snow Plow" victory over the Miami Dolphins on 12-12-82.

Roland intercepted 3 pass by Joe Ferguson in the "3rd Qtr" of the Patriots 31-0 shutout of the Bills @ Rich Stadium on 10-23-83.

He tackled Frank Middleton for a safety in the Patriots 50-17 rout of the Indianapolis Colts on 11-18-84.

Roland recovered 10 fumbles during the regular season and recovered a fumble by Freeman McNeil in the Patriots 26-14 AFC Playoff Game win over the NY Jets on 12-28-85.

He had 29 interceptions and 42 punt returns in 145 regular season games for the New England Patriots.

Roland played in 5 playoff games for the New England Patriots

Coaches high school football in Massachusetts. His son Roman James plays Free Safety for Baylor University.



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