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E.J. Junior

Defensive End

Ester James Junior III

Inducted 2020

Date of Birth



Salisbury, NC


University of Alabama (1977-1980)


During his historic four year career at Alabama, E.J. Junior led Alabama to two national championships in 1978 and 1979. He becomes the 19th Crimson Tide player to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Junior only lost four games as a member of the Crimson Tide, finishing his collegiate career with a record of 44-4 which included a 28-game winning streak from 1978-1980, never finishing lower than No. 6. The three-time First-Team All-SEC selection finished his career with a 30-2 victory over Baylor in the 1981 Cotton Bowl. A leader on defense, the Crimson Tide only allowed 98 points during his senior campaign and just 67 in 1979. He also racked up 190 tackles and 21 sacks for the Crimson Tide. Junior was the fifth overall pick in the 1981 NFL Draft. During his pro career he was a two-time Pro Bowl selection while playing with the St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals (1981-1988). He also played for the Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Seattle Seahawks. Following the NFL, he had a successful coaching career with time in the pros and at the collegiate level.


Height 6'3"

Weight 227

Career Highlights

  • 1980 All-Conference
  • 1980 Unanimous All-America
  • 1979 All-Conference
  • 1979 Second-Team All-America
  • 1978 All-Conference
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