28 Tory James CB
School: Louisiana State
Born: May 18, 1973
Tory James was born on May 18, 1973 in New Orleans, La. ... Attended Archbishop Shaw High School in Marrero, La., where he was an all-district performer as a defensive back and kick returner ... Also starred in track and basketball during his prep career ... Tory and his wife Angela have a daughter, T'yanna.
Tory James was signed by the Patriots as an unrestricted free agent on April 24, 2007 ... Originally selected by the Denver Broncos in the second round (44th overall) of the 1996 NFL Draft ... Placed on injured reserve with a knee injury (08/18/97) ... Signed by the Oakland Raiders as an unrestricted free agent (03/03/00) ... Released by the Raiders (02/27/03) ... Signed by the Cincinnati Bengals as a veteran free agent (03/10/03).
- James joins the Patriots in 2007 as a veteran of 11 NFL seasons with the Denver Broncos (1996-99), Oakland Raiders (2000-02) and Cincinnati Bengals (2003-06).
- James enters 2007 having played in 158 career regularseason games with 86 starts and tied for fourth among all active NFL players with 39 career interceptions.
- In his regular-season career, James has totaled 402 tackles (361 solo), including one sack, 39 interceptions for 377 yards, 121 passes defensed, five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and 35 special teams tackles.
- James has recorded at least four interceptions in each of the last six seasons and has achieved the feat seven times in the last eight years.
- James has led his team in interceptions four times in his career and has ranked either first or second on his team in that category in each of the last six years.
- James started every contest in each of the last four seasons entering 2007 - a streak of 64 consecutive games - and has missed just two games in the last nine seasons.
- James was selected to the Pro Bowl following the 2004 campaign, a year in which he ranked second in the NFL with a career-high eight interceptions.
- With the Bengals in 2006, James placed second on the team with four interceptions and also ranked second on the club with 14 passes defensed. One of his interceptions came on Oct. 1 against the Patriots, when he picked off a Tom Brady pass in the first quarter of New England's 38-13 victory.
- James had a four-year run in Cincinnati (2003-06) during which he started every game and totaled 21 interceptions.
- James had his most statistically productive season in the NFL in 2004, recording a career- high 63 tackles (58 solo) and a career-best eight interceptions while earning a selection to the AFC Pro Bowl squad, first-team All-Pro honors from Football Digest and second-team All-Pro recognition from College & Pro Football Weekly.
- In 2001, James led Oakland with five interceptions and also played in both of the Raiders' playoff games that season, including the Jan. 19, 2002 “Snow Bowl” game against the Patriots at Foxboro Stadium.
- James spent the first four seasons of his career in Denver. As a rookie in 1996, he played in every game with two starts, making his first career start against the Patriots at Foxboro Stadium on Nov. 17, 1996.
- After missing the 1997 campaign due to injury, James returned to play in every game in 1998, including all three of Denver's playoff contests as the Broncos won Super Bowl XXXIII. In 1999, he led Denver with five interceptions despite starting just four games.
- James has played in 12 career playoff games with four starts and has recorded 32 tackles (29 solo), three interceptions for 98 yards and a touchdown, 10 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one special teams tackle in those games.
2006 (16/16 - Cincinnati): James placed second on the team with four interceptions and also ranked second on the club with 14 passes defensed ... Totaled 43 tackles (34 solo).
- Recorded an interception Oct. 1 against the Patriots, when he picked off a Tom Brady pass in the first quarter of New England's 38-13 victory.
- On Nov. 26, recorded his sixth career multi-interception game when he snared a pair of passes in the Bengals' 30-0 victory at Cleveland.
2005 Season (Cincinnati Bengals): Started at RCB in Games 1-16 and Wild Card playoff vs. Pittsburgh ... His 931 snaps ranked third on defense and were 91.8 percent of 1014 total ... Has played 16 regular-season games in seven of the last eight seasons, only missed action coming in 2002 with Oakland, when he returned after missing only two games with right fibula fracture.
2004 Season (Cincinnati Bengals): Finished second in the NFL in interceptions (8), just 1 off the league lead... Named first-team All-Pro by Football Digest and second-team All-Pro by College & Pro Football Weekly...Ranked second on defense in snaps played for second straight year, playing 1001 of 1065 (94%)...Tied for the team lead in passes defensed(16), and ranked seventh in tackles (74)...Also had two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
2003 Season (Cincinnati Bengals): Was among six veteran released by Oakland on Feb. 27, and signed March 10 with Bengals as free agent ... Started every game at RCB, getting 16 starts for the first time in his career ... Played 16 games for the fifth time in the last six seasons ... Ranked second on defense in snaps played, logging 1014 of the 1038 total (97.7 percent).
2002 Season (Oakland Raiders): Played for AFC Champion Oakland in 14 regular-season games, with 13 starts, and started all three Raiders postseason games ... Diagnosed with fracture of right fibula after completing Dec. 8 game at San Diego, and was out for Games 14-15 ... Returned to action in regular-season finale with a plate inserted in right leg ... Key performer in Oakland's postseason play, totaling 8 tackles, 4 passes defensed, 1 INT and a forced fumble in the three games.
2001 Season (Oakland Raiders): Led the Raiders with 5 INTs, playing all 16 regular-season games and two postseason games for club that posted 10-6 record and won a second consecutive AFC West title ... Also led the squad in interception return yards (72) and in passes defensed (16).
2000 Season (Oakland Raiders): Left Denver as unrestricted free agent, signing Feb. 28 with Oakland ... Saw action in all 16 regular-season games at cornerback, and played in both postseason games as Raiders won AFC West with a 12-4 record and advanced to AFC title game ... Led Oakland's dominant defensive effort in 27-0 Divisional playoff win on Jan. 6 vs. Miami, snagging 2 INTs, including one for a 90-yard TD.
1999 Season (Denver Broncos): Saw action in all 16 Denver games, with four starts ... Led the team with 5 INTs, returning for 59 total yards ... All of his interceptions came against AFC West rivals ... Tallied 38 tackles on the season.
1998 Season (Denver Broncos): Played in all 16 Denver regular-season games, and in all three postseason games as Denver went on to win Super Bowl XXXIII vs. Atlanta ... In regular season, had 12 tackles (10 solo) and 2 passes defensed, plus 12 tackles and a fumble recovery on special teams.
1997 Season (Denver Broncos): Did not play for Broncos, due to torn patellar tendon in his right knee that he suffered in preseason opener July 26 vs. Buffalo ... Underwent surgery, and was placed Aug. 18 on Injured Reserve list.
1996 Season (Denver Broncos): Drafted by Denver in second round (44th overall) ... Signed July 22 ... Saw action in secondary and on special teams in 16 regular-season games and made two starts at RCB ... Posted 22 tackles, 7 passes defensed, 2 INTs and 10 special teams tackles ... Added a forced fumble and fumble recovery that both came Dec. 1 vs. Seattle ... Made first pro start Nov. 17 at New England and had 2 tackles, 2 passes defensed and a special teams tackle.
In his four years at Louisiana State, James played in 39 games with 29 starts and totaled 117 tackles (81 solo), three fumble recoveries, one forced fumble, 11 interceptions, 20 passes defensed, two sacks and five tackles-for-loss (14) ... He returned one interception for a touchdown, and also played wide receiver as a freshman in 1992, catching six passes for 78 yards (13.0 avg) with a long of 35 yards and one touchdown ... He earned first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors as a junior in 1994, and closed his career by being named to the All-America Dream Team by the Poor Man's Guide to the NFL Draft.
- Tory's wife, Angela, is a dentist in the process of becoming certified in Texas after Hurricane Katrina prompted the James family's move from Louisiana.
- Tory joins a Patriots fraternity of LSU alumni that includes Kevin Faulk, Jarvis Green, Randall Gay and Eric Alexander. He and Faulk played together for one year at LSU.