After being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 2003, Bradie James realized that his career had become about who had the biggest ego, biggest car or biggest house. He realized he needed to put Christ first in his life, but couldn’t do so without the risk of losing his friends. Today, he is able to share his story of setting aside other people’s expectations and only looking to God for approval.
Growing up in Monroe, La., Bradie James has always been a leader, unafraid to tackle any challenge or obstacle that comes across his path. After graduating from LSU, Bradie was selected in the fourth round of the NFL draft by the Dallas Cowboys, where he became the defensive captain. Within the first four years of his NFL career, Bradie lost both of his parents, three months apart. As much as he had accomplished at that point in his life, he began to wonder for whom he was playing football. At one point, Bradie began to understand that he was only living for worldly possessions. He started attending church and began to truly understand his faith, going back to his foundation and realizing that his athletic talent came from God. When he stopped trying to meet the expectations of others and only looked to God for approval, his friends began to turn away. Yet Bradie accepted that he was playing for a bigger audience and purpose.
Today, when Bradie gets questions about his faith from friends and teammates, he uses it as an opportunity to share his story as food for thought and get them back to their spirituality. Bradie’s experiences are naturally appealing to younger audiences and sports fans, yet he also resonates with those who are exploring ways to be open about their faith.
After graduating from high school, Bradie James headed to LSU where he became a two-time All-SEC selection and All-American. He left LSU as the school’s second leading tackler.
In 2003, Bradie was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round. By 2005, he was the Cowboys’ starting middle linebacker and in 2007, he was named defensive captain. He has continued to shine and has quickly become one of the Cowboys’ undisputed team leaders.
As a humanitarian, Bradie actively participates in charity events. After the death of his mother in 2007, Bradie established Foundation 56, a faith-based organization named after his jersey number, dedicated to expanding and enhancing the quality of life of women, men and their families who have been directly and indirectly affected by breast cancer.
Bradie resides in North Texas with his wife Star and their son, Ace.