Montgomery Advertiser | 12:28 AM, Oct. 16, 2011
Written by Alvin Benn Special to the Advertiser
Montgomery's Big Brothers Big Sisters Program has a lot of adult mentors, but none quite as imposing as a former pro football star doing his best to help a little boy with big dreams of his own.
The Big Brother is Jenorris James, but everybody just calls the 6-foot-4-inch, 300-pound former Auburn University and NFL star JeNo.
The boy is Kamaryea Pringle, a student at Fitzpatrick Elementary School who loves sports and hopes that, one day, he might become famous, too.
James doesn't have to take Kamaryea under his wing because he's starting a new job and working hard to learn the ropes. He's also wealthy. Million-dollar contracts are the norm for most NFL starters.
His playing days are behind him now, precipitated by injuries that so often end football careers. But, he's not looking back. It's the future that counts.
1:57 AM, Sep. 5, 2011
AUBURN -- Jeno James is a finisher. The 1995 Sidney Lanier graduate was a three-year starter along the offensive line at Auburn, started a Super Bowl and, according to USA Today, earned more than $10 million during his seven-year NFL career.
As 30-somethings go, James' resume was stacked.
Yet he wasn't satisfied. The demands of college football sidetracked James' academic aspirations and he left Auburn after the 1999 season without a degree.
"I'm the kind of guy who can't leave things undone. It weighed on my mind for years that I hadn't gotten that degree," said James, now a sales and marketing executive in Montgomery. "I wanted to be taken seriously in my post-NFL world -- to be seen as an intelligent person. I knew what had to be done."