In Cincinnati, James Wilder is the name of a young Bengals running back fighting to make the roster.
In Tampa, that name is football royalty.
James Wilder Sr. is the leading rusher in Tampa Bay Buccaneers history (5,957 yards) and the former NFL record holder for most rushing attempts in a game (43) and in a season (407).
“People always tell me great things about him,” said James Jr. “They say if I’m half of what he was, then I’m pretty darn good. To follow in his footsteps and do the kinds of things that he did in his career is my goal.
“I grew up watching him all the time on tape. He retired before I was born, but that’s who I idolized and modeled my game after. Same size, same height, same playing style.”
“He’s a very determined kid,” said James Sr. “Ever since he’s been playing ball…
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