From his native Monroe, Louisiana, to his current residence of Dallas, Texas, Bradie Gene James has always been a leader, unafraid to tackle any challenge or obstacle whether on the football field — or in the boardroom. After a successful football career at LSU, Bradie went on to the NFL in 2003 and played for the Dallas Cowboys. He came to Dallas as a backup linebacker, but excelled on special teams where he finished his rookie season fourth in special teams tackles. By 2005, he was the team’s starting middle linebacker, and in 2007, he was named defensive captain.
The death of his mother influenced Bradie’s decision to establish Foundation 56, to help stamp out breast cancer. Established in 2007, Bradie used the foundation to help raise money in the fight against the often fatal disease. Named after his Dallas Cowboys jersey number, Foundation 56, a faith-based organization, is dedicated to expanding and enhancing the quality of life for women, men, and their families who have been impacted by breast cancer. To date, Foundation 56 has donated more than half a million dollars and has contributed to funding mobile mammogram units that serve communities in South Louisiana and North Texas. In October 2010, the foundation unveiled the Bradie James’ Resource Center inside of the Women’s Imaging Center at Methodist Dallas Medical Center, and has served over 2,500 women thus far.
In addition to working with his own foundation, Bradie also serves as a health ambassador with GlaxoSmithKline and works with the Heroes Foundation reaching at risk children through sports. He is the vice president/co-owner of Premier Electronics and owner of several Mooyah Burgers Fries and Shakes locations in North Texas. Recently he was named the 2012 LSU Young Alumnus of the Year.
Bradie resides in North Texas with his wife, Star, and their children, Ace and Aston.