Shannon James


205 lbs


5' 10"






Dec 28th, 1983

Career Years:






Playing in all 18 regular season games, James was the Stamps’ nominee for Most Outstanding Defensive Player for the second straight season. He led the club with 73 tackles, a career high and the highest total by a Stamp since 2005. He added 13 pass knockdowns, which were the most by a Stamp since 2001, two sacks, five tackles for a loss and nine special-teams tackles. James also had a team-leading four forced fumbles and also recovered one fumble. James set a career mark with eight tackles on Labour Day against the Edmonton Eskimos and played his best game of 2008 in the rematch on Sept. 5 when he recorded seven tackles, one quarterback sack, one forced fumble, one special-teams tackle and a 27-yard interception return for a touchdown. In addition, James was one of only two Stampeders to record a tackle in every game of the 208 season including playoffs. James capped his impressive campaign by playing in both Stamps playoff games and notching seven tackles, one special-teams tackle and an interception.


James had a breakout campaign in his second season with the Stamps. He was second on the team in tackles (60) and tied for the lead in pass knockdowns (five). James also recorded two interceptions, one forced fumble, four sacks and seven special-teams tackles. For his efforts, James was the Stampeders nominee for the CFL Most Outstanding Defensive Player Award.


Joined the Stampeders mid way into the season…Played in two regular season games…First CFL game was on October 15 vs B.C…recorded seven defensive tackles and one tackle for a loss.


Signed with the Baltimore Ravens on May 1, 2006…Released on August 29, 2006…Signed as a free agent September 10, 2006 by the Calgary Stampeders.


James was a First Team All-American by six outlets including the Associated Press, Sports Xchange, Sports Network, The Sporting News, I-AA.org and Walter Camp All-America teams, as well as an All-ECAC All-Star, All-New England and first-team All-Atlantic 10...He is the all-time leader in interceptions at UMass and his 20 career picks were the most of any active player in Division I through the end of the 2005 season...A 2004 All-American, James had a strong senior season with 55 tackles and four interceptions...He finished fourth in career solo tackles with 253 and seventh with 341 total tackles...He was named the A-10 Defensive Player of the Year in 2004 in addition to being an A-10 First Team pick...He started all 47 games of his career and scored four touchdowns while at UMass. 2005 – (Massachusetts) James was a First Team All-American by Associated Press, Walter Camp, Sports Xchange, Sports Network, The Sporting News and I-AA.org...He was also recognized as a ECAC All-Star, Atlantic 10 First Team, New England Football Writers All-Star Team…Senior captain and a strong candidate for Buck Buchanan Award for second year in a row as top defensive player in Division I-AA...Decorated consensus Preseason First Team All-American by Sports Network, I-AA.org, Lindy's and Street & Smith's…Lindy's and Street & Smith's Preseason Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year…Rated Number 1 safety by I-AA.org and The Sports Network…Number one Small College Draft Projection by Draft.com and nfldraftscouting.com...Atlantic 10 Preseason First Team after being A-10 Defensive Player of the Year in 2004…Second in the Atlantic 10 in interceptions per game (0.40) which is also tied for 25th in the nation and had three fumble recoveries. 2004 – (Massachusetts) Reigning First Team All-American, who was named a preseason First Team All-American by numerous outlets...Named captain for the 2005 season along with Serge Tikum and Colin Stoetzel...Moved from corner to free safety entering the 2004 season...Led the nation and Atlantic 10 in Interceptions (8) and Interceptions Per game (0.8)...He was named First Team All-American, Associated Press, First Team All-American, Walter Camp Foundation, First Team All-American, I-AA.org, First Team All-American, The Sports Network, First Team All-American, College Sports Report, First Team All-American, Don Hansen Gazette, First Team All-American, CSTV, First Team Atlantic, Don Hansen Gazette, New England Sports Writers All-Star Squad, Buck Buchanan Award Finalist, 2004 A-10 Defensive Player of Year, 2004 Atlantic 10 First Team, A-10 Defensive Player of Week (Oct. 17), A-10 Defensive Player of Week (Oct. 3), Preseason All-Atlantic 10 First Team. 2003 – (Massachusetts) One of UMass' top defensive backs...A third team All-Atlantic 10 selection...Earned second team All-East Region honours from Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette...Started all 13 games, playing both cornerback and free safety...Named Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Week, ECAC Defensive Player of the Week and Sports Network National Defensive Player of the Week following the victory at Villanova, in addition to winning the Gold Helmet from the New England Football Writers...Named preseason second team All-Atlantic 10 Conference. 2002 – (Massachusetts) The starter at free safety...Played in all 12 games on the season, starting every time...Ranked third on the team with 111 total tackles on the season, including 80 solo stops...Led the team in pass break-ups with 10, while tying for the team lead in interceptions with four...Also recorded two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and five tackles for loss... Named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week following the victory at James Madison.


Played at Bunnell High School ... Totaled 55 tackles, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries during his senior year, when he served as team captain … Set school records for career touchdowns (49), career rushing yards (2,500), single season rushing yards (1,600), single season touchdowns (27) and single game touchdowns (five) ... Earned first team All-State honors from the New Haven Register and the Hartford Courant ... Also named first team All-SWC and first team All-Connecticut Post ... Earned All-State honors at second base on the baseball team ... Also a member of the Bunnell basketball team.