James Cotton was born in Cleveland, Ohio to James Graham and Catherine Cotton. He lettered in football, basketball, baseball at Collinwood High School. Cotton earned all-state honors in football and baseball and All-American honors in football. Currently, Mr. James Cotton is an advocate for BUCK-ICON LLC. Their mission is to become a premier professional and collegiate sports apparel and merchandise retailer, and provide resources for former members of the Ohio State football program to enhance their careers on a variety of different levels. Also, they will provide programs that will help them transition into professional life in Corporate America, Athletics, Society, and the Community. James received an Associate of Arts degree from City College of San Francisco and The Ohio State University awarded him a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. As a Junior, James was an instrumental part of the Buckeyes Big Ten Championship and Sugar Bowl Victories over Michigan & Texas A&M in 1998 (arguably one of the best team's in Ohio State History). During his senior season in 1999, he was voted by his coaches as the team's Most Outstanding Lineman by leading the team in sacks and tackles for loss. "My most memorable moment was being the last player sack Tom Brady Twice in the Big House". In 2000, James was drafted in the NFL by the Chicago Bears and played 8 years of professional football with stops with Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, XFL (New York/New Jersey Hitmen), Canadian Football League Calgary Stampeders (2001 Grey Cup Champion), and the Hamilton Tigercats. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Mr. Cotton is the proud husband and father of his beautiful daughters' Kierra, Vallory, and Veronica.
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