An American professional football player who was a running back for the San Diego Chargers in the NFL, Lionel James who is also popular as Little Train sadly passed away at the age of 59. The football player left the world on Friday, February 25, 2022.
According to the sources, the news of his sudden demise was shared by his former team Auburn Tigers through an official statement. Along with this, the NFL also shared this heartbreaking news on their official website. James got his nickname due to his little stature. He was the 5-foot-6 running back.
What Was Lionel James Cause of Death?
Since the news of his passing went viral on social media, many fans took the support of Twitter to pay their last tribute to the NFL personality. It was disheartening to hear about the passing of the player. If we talk about some popular football personalities who died recently.
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How Did Lionel James Die?
According to the official website of the Auburn Tigers, the website revealed the cause of his death and James lost his life after a long battle with an illness. Still, the specific details regarding his illness are awaited. Lionel James was born on May 25, 1962, in Albany, Georgia, US.
He attended Doughtery High School where he used to play football, basketball, and running track. He also played college football for the Tigers and shared the backfield with Bo Jackson. James was the captain in 1983 when Auburn won the Southeast Conference championship and won the Sugar Bowl in 1984.
Later, he was selected by the San Diego Chargers in the fifth round of the 1984 NFL Draft. He also handled the team in yardage from rushing, receiving, punt returns, and kickoff returns. He has a record with his 2,535 all-purpose yards in 1985 and also the same season, he was receiving his 1027 yards that season was the most ever for a running back.
He played for the San Diego Chargers from 1984 to 1988. Along with this, he also won awards such as San Diego Chargers 40th Anniversary Team and Auburn Tigers Leading Rusher in 1981. In his entire career, he gave his best to achieve a lot of love and respect from the nation. Lionel James will be always remembered by his family, friends and fans.