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Jimmy Farris
No. 87, 86, 16     
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1978-04-13) April 13, 1978 (age 44)
Place of birth: Lewiston, Idaho
Career information
College: Montana
Undrafted in 2001
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* San Francisco 49ers (2001)*
Career highlights and awards
* Associated Press I-AA All-American (2000)
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James Robert Farris (born April 13, 1978) is a former American football wide receiver who retired from the NFL in 2009. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the United States Congress in 2012.

Early years

Farris attended Lewiston High School in Lewiston, Idaho, and was a letterman in football, basketball, and track. In football, Farris helped in leading his team to their first Idaho High School Football State Championship as a sophomore, and as a senior, to the State Football Championship Game and finished his senior season with 78 receptions for 1,510 yards and 18 touchdowns. In basketball, he was named the team's most valuable player as a senior.


Farris attended the University of Montana, where he was a four-year letterman and All-American for the Montana Grizzlies, leading them to the National Championship game in 2000. His game-winning catch in the semi-final game against Appalachian State sent the "Griz" to their third championship game appearance in six years.[1]

NFL career

He was signed by the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 2001. Farris has also been a member of the New England Patriots, Atlanta Falcons, Washington Redskins[2] and Jacksonville Jaguars.

He has worked for Comcast Sports Southeast as a host and analyst on Sportsnite, as well as host his own NFL Fantasy Football web show called Side:Line with Jimmy Farris. Farris currently works as a guest NFL analyst on CBS46 in Atlanta, GA.

Political career

In 2012 Farris was the Democratic candidate for the United States House of Representatives in Idaho's 1st congressional district, running against the incumbent, Republican Raúl Labrador.[3] He defeated Cynthia Clinkingbeard in the Democratic Party primary on May 15.[4] Labrador won the general election, 63% to 30.8%.[5]

Farris was a candidate for an open Idaho House of Representatives seat in the Garden City-based District 16 in 2014, but was defeated in the Democratic primary by teacher and activist John McCrostie.[6]


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Party political offices
Preceded by
Walt Minnick
Democratic Party nominee, Idaho's 1st congressional district
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