South Alabama's Bryson James overcoming unbelievable odds

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Sep 28, 2013; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers running back Marlin Lane (15) scores a touchdown while being tackled by South Alabama Jaguars linebacker Bryson James (38) during the second quarter at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

 

You typically won’t see South Alabama get a lot of national attention, but one player they have is getting some much-deserved recognition for his hard work and the way he’s overcome adversity both on and off the field.

Byson James , a 6-foot-2, 235 pounds senior linebacker for South Alabama, is finishing up a productive college career that at one time looked like it had no chance of ever happening.

James was born on July 28, 1991, but he did so four months prematurely, which led to life-threatening complications:

“I weighed less than a pound and they were able to hold me in one hand, and I didn’t have any skin developed on me,” James says, retelling a story he has told many times before. “I had about 20 needles from my head to my feet.”

“They said that I was going to be retarded, that I wasn’t going to walk or talk. Now, I’m one of the smartest guy son the defense. I have a great family that has provided me with everything that I needed.”

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