Recently, I was lucky enough to interview Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Craig James. James was an undrafted free agent signed by the Minnesota Vikings following a two year career at Southern Illinois. In 2019, James had a career high 12 special teams tackles and was 5th on the team in special teams snaps. I would like to thank Craig once again for the amazing opportunity.
Q (Me): Tell us a little about where you grew up.
A (Craig): I grew up in a small town in Illinois, not too far from Chicago.
Q: How did you get into football? Who/what were your influences?
A: Mostly from watching my family play. My older cousin was a very big influence for me.
Q: What excited you about first coming to play for Philly? What do you like about the city?
A: I always loved Philly due to it’s Terell Owens phase. I was a big fan during that time. I also knew that I came here for a reason, it was meant to be. I also liked the city because I raced in the Penn Relays when I was younger. I was familiar with the atmosphere.
Q: What is one misconception people have about you?
A: I try not to think about that.
Q: What kind of teammate do you like to work with?
A: I like to be around teammates I can joke around with, have fun with.
Q: In 2019, you were placed on the field due to starters being injured during a crucial drive which could’ve won Green Bay the game. Two snaps after being put in, you made a game winning play. What went through your mind before making that game winning play?
A: I just told myself “I hope I don’t f*ck this up.”
Q: If you could choose one Eagles player to be quarantined with, who would it be?
A: Probably Marcus Epps. He’s like my son. He’s fun to be around.
Again, thank you to to Craig for taking the time to do this interview.
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