HARRISBURG, Pa. – On Jesse James’ Twitter page, the former Penn State tight end leads off his profile proudly declaring his leadership position as the “Uplifting Athletes Chapter Director of Marketing.”
Now that James has started the next chapter of his football life by making himself available for the 2015 NFL Draft, the 6-7, 270-pound athletic and versatile pass catcher wants to keep giving back.
So James chose to make the upcoming NFL Combine, slated for Feb. 17-23 in Indianapolis, as a vehicle to support the Uplifting Athletes Penn State Chapter.
James is running a PLDGIT campaign where every bench press repetition he performs at the NFL Combine will raise research funds in support of kidney cancer research – the chosen rare disease of the Penn State Chapter.
Fans can support James and the Uplifting Athletes Penn State Chapter by visiting the Jesse James: Reps For Research fundraising page at pldgit.com/jessejames.
“All my best friends are the guys who are running the chapter and I really enjoyed helping Uplifting Athletes and the Penn State Chapter,” said James, who stays in close touch with Penn State Chapter President Ben Kline and at least one of those conversations is about Uplifting Athletes.
“The guys who did all the work, we bonded together and became close. And just because I’m not there anymore it doesn’t mean I don’t support them.”
James, who hails from South Allegheny in suburban Pittsburgh, has the reputation at Penn State as a weight room “freak” according to his former teammates and coaches and was filmed bench pressing 225 pounds 27 times at the 2014 Penn State Lift For Life.
“Uplifting Athletes helped me a lot, it helped me build a foundation and put things into a difference perspective,” said James, who is training for the NFL Combine in California. “This will help the guys at Penn State reach their fundraising goals this year. So even though I’m not there anymore, I want to continue helping in whatever way I can.
“By supporting me at the NFL Combine, you are supporting Uplifting Athletes and the Penn State Chapter.”
(UPLIFTING ATHLETES PRESS RELEASE)