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Lionel James
Running Backs Coach

No stranger to the football landscape in Alabama is former Auburn and Sand Diego Chargers running back Lionel James, who comes on board to coach Thunderbolts running backs in the XFLs first season.

James served as offensive coordinator for the Birmingham Steeldogs of arenafootball2 last season and was running backs coach for he Kansas City Chiefs prior to that. Collegiate coaching stops for James include Appalachian State and Auburn.

A star running back at Auburn from 1981-83, James ran helped compose one the most dynamic backfields in Tiger history, teaming with Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson for two of those seasons. In fact, it was James and not Jackson who won Auburns offensive player of the year award in 1982.

As a pro, James set seven Chargers records and one NFL record during his seven-year career. He owns San Diego records for punt and kickoff return yards, while also setting the team mark for combined return yards. His 2,534 yards on combined yards in 1985 set the NFL standard.

Named the Chargers most valuable player in 1985, James led the team in rushing and receiving that season. He led the team in punt returns for four years, kickoff returns for two years and was the teams leading scorer in 1987.

James career NFL statistics include 209 receptions for 2,278 yards, 99 kickoff returns for 2,094 yards and 124 punt returns for 1,193 yards.

James and his wife, Kesha, are the parents of one child, Lionel James II.

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