But his ties with the PSU chapter of Uplifting Athletes remain strong. So strong, in fact, that James will use his performance at the NFL Combine next week to help raise funds to fight the rare disease kidney cancer, which is the mission of Penn State UA.
At THIS SECURE LINK, Penn State fans can pledge a certain dollar amount for every rep James does in the bench press at the Combine. For example, if you pledge $2 per rep and he does 27 reps (which he did at Lift for Life last summer), you will donate $54 for the fight against kidney cancer.
James was heavily involved with Uplifting Athletes while at Penn State, serving as the chapter’s director of marketing. He saw the combine as a way to assist even more.
“All my best friends are the guys who are running the chapter and I really enjoyed helping Uplifting Athletes and the Penn State chapter,” James said. “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.”
The NFL Combine is being held in Indianapolis from Feb. 17-23. James and the rest of the tight ends will take to the bench press Feb. 19.