Starks in August 2011.
|No. 44 Green Bay Packers|
|Date of birth:February 25, 1986|
|Place of birth: Niagara Falls, New York|
|High School: Niagara Falls (NY)|
|Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)||Weight: 218 lb (99 kg)|
|NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 6 / Pick: 193|
|Debuted in 2010 for the Green Bay Packers|
|Roster status: Active|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012|
|Stats at NFL.com|
James Darell Starks (born February 25, 1986) is an American football running back for the Green Bay Packers. He was selected in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York.
High school career
James attended high school in Niagara Falls, New York. He ran for 1,048 yards and threw for over 600 yards for the Wolverines of Niagara Falls High School while earning All-Western New York honors in his senior season. He served as a captain for three years. Considered only a two-star recruit by Rivals.com, Starks' only scholarship offer came from Buffalo, which he accepted.
Starks enjoyed a standout career at Buffalo. He set a career rushing record with 3,140 yards, and scored 40 total touchdowns. He registered back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons as a sophomore and junior. He was one of the elite backs in the MAC and the nation and became the first 1,000-yard rusher in the Bulls’ Division I-A era. He also became the first UB freshman to earn All-MAC honors in 2006. He was named to the All-Mac Second Team as a freshman and sophomore, and was named to the All-Mac First Team as a junior. Starks did not play in his senior season due to a shoulder injury. He is also a member of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity.
Green Bay Packers
Starks was drafted by the Packers in the sixth round—193rd overall—in the 2010 NFL Draft. He was injured during training camp and was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list. After being activated off the PUP list on November 10, he made his NFL debut on December 5 against the San Francisco 49ers, with 18 carries for 73 yards. On January 9 in the 2011 Wild Card Playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Starks broke the Packers' rookie post-season record for rushing yards in a single game. His first touchdown came against the Chicago Bears in the NFC championship game. Starks's rookie season finished with a win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV in which he rushed for 52 yards on 11 carries.
On the weekend before the Super Bowl, the Niagara Falls—in his hometown of Niagara Falls, New York—were lit green and gold in his honor. The following Monday, Starks later met with Niagara Falls mayor Paul Dyster.
- Layden, Tim (February 14, 2011). "Green And Golden: Behind the poise and precision of quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the gutsy contributions of a host of role players, the Packers burnished their championship legacy with a memorable 31--25 victory over Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLV". Sports Illustrated. Time Inc.. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1181765/index.htm. Retrieved 2011-02-11. "Among [general manager Thompson's] most prescient moves was drafting ... Starks ...."