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|Date of birth:September 5, 1951|
|Place of birth: Little Rock, Arkansas|
|Date of death: March 31, 2018(aged 66)|
|Place of death: Corona, California|
|NFL Draft: 1974 / Round: 6 / Pick: 148|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|* Southern California Sun (1974)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NFL.com|
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
James Edward McAlister (September 5, 1951 – March 31, 2018) was an American football running back in the National Football League during the 1970s. He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the sixth round of the 1974 NFL Draft. He played college football at UCLA, where he was also a star on the track and field team. He had the best long jump in the world in 1973 set at home in Westwood.
In 1974, the World Football League gained a large measure of recognition the day before the NFL draft when the Southern California Sun announced the signing of three potential NFL first-round selections, including McAlister. McAlister was one of a trio whose agent, 22-year-old Michael L Trope, decided not to wait for competitive bidding by the NFL. "Their value was at a peak, 30% to 35% higher than it would have been later, because of the publicity the WFL could get by our signing," said Trope, who approximated the total package at close to $1 million for his three clients.
McAlister died on March 31, 2018 in Corona, California.
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