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James Saxton


James Everett Saxton, Jr.

Inducted 1996

Date of Birth



College Station, TX


University of Texas (1959-1961)


James Saxton stood 5-11, weighed 160, and was fast and shifty. In 1961, he averaged 7.9 yards every time he carried the ball. This average led the nation and set a school record. In his three years, Texas went 26-6-1 and was in three bowl games. His final game was in the Cotton Bowl after the 1961 season. He made a 74-yard touchdown on a punt return as Texas nipped Mississippi 12-7. He was voted Amateur Athlete of the Year for the state of Texas in 1961 and made the cover of Sports Illustrated, where he was called "Football's Fanciest Runner." He placed third in the Heisman vote. James played one pro season, 1962, with the Dallas Texans then entered the banking business in Austin, Texas. He supplemented his business career with work as an executive for United Way, American Heart Association and Boy Scouts.


Height 5'11

Weight 160

Career Highlights

  • 1961 All-Conference
  • 1961 Conference MVP
  • 1961 Heisman - Third
  • 1961 Led nation in rushing average
  • 1961 Unanimous All-America
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