James Lofton

James Lofton is the lead game analyst for Westwood One’s coverage of Sunday Night Football, his seventh straight year in that role.

Lofton joined the network in 2000, but left for coaching stints with the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders for seven years before returning in 2009. His previous broadcast stints included both CNN and NBC Sports.

James was the No. 1 draft pick of the Green Bay Packers in 1978, beginning a long career as an NFL wide receiver. In 16 seasons playing for Green Bay, the Los Angeles Raiders, Buffalo Bills, Los Angeles Rams and the Philadelphia Eagles, Lofton caught 764 passes for 14,004 yards, which was the most in NFL history at the time of his retirement. In 13 playoff games, Lofton caught 41 passes for 759 yards and eight touchdowns, including a seven-reception game in Super Bowl XXVI. He was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003.

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Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton celebrates his touchdown run with Ted Ginn (19) during the second half the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

NFC Championship Highlights: Panthers pound Cardinals 49-15

24 January 2016 Comments are off for this post.
CHARLOTTE, NC – In historic Super Bowl 50, it’ll be one of the game’s all-time greats against one of its biggest stars of the future. The Carolina Panthers made sure of that with a dominating 49-15 victory over the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Championship Game. Cam Newton had two touchdown…
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Analyst Picks: Championship Sunday Selections

23 January 2016 Comments are off for this post.
It’s down to the final four. A pat on the back to Ross Tucker, who was our only panelist to go with all home teams a week ago. That 4-0 week has Ross up to third in the overall standings. This week’s picks are worth four points apiece, and with…
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Legend to Legend: Super Bowl XI MVP Fred Biletnikoff

21 January 2016 Comments are off for this post.
In the latest installment of Legend to Legend, our James Lofton sits down with fellow Pro Football Hall of Famer Fred Biletnikoff, the Oakland Raiders great who was MVP of Super Bowl XI. For more on the history of the game, visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton,…
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Analyst Picks: Divisional Selections

16 January 2016 Comments are off for this post.
Our panel had a largely successful opening weekend of the playoffs, though only Mark Malone took all road teams and took home a clean sweep. With the eight points he earned, Mark pulled even with Tim Ryan for the season-long lead. So who are the guys taking this weekend? The…
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Analyst Picks: Wild Card Weekend

09 January 2016 Comments are off for this post.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year — the NFL Playoffs are upon us. Wild Card Weekend serves up four intriguing matchups that will hopefully produce four compelling games. But first a final look back on the regular season… Congrats go out to Tim Ryan, who eked out the…
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Indianapolis Colts President Bill Polian before an NFL football game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos in Indianapolis, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

Legend to Legend: Bill Polian on building the Bills, Panthers and Colts

07 January 2016 Comments are off for this post.
Few NFL executives have enjoyed as much success as former Bills, Panthers and Colts general manager Bill Polian. The architect of the great Buffalo teams that made four straight Super Bowls in the 1990s, helped propel Carolina to an NFC Championship Game in just the team’s second year and drafted…
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Analyst Picks: Week 17 Selections

02 January 2016 Comments are off for this post.
And so it’s all come down to this as we get set to wrap up the NFL’s regular season. We’ll continue our picks through Super Bowl 50, but the title of “top seed” is on the line this weekend. Tim Ryan has a one-game edge on Ross Tucker and is…
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Pittsburgh Steelers running back Franco Harris carries the ball into the end zone for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl VIII with the Dallas Cowboys in Miami, Jan. 21, 1979.  (AP Photo)

Legend to Legend: Franco Harris on the Steelers dynasty

29 December 2015 Comments are off for this post.
The word dynasty gets thrown around in the NFL from time to time, but perhaps no team is more deserving of the term than the Pittsburgh Steelers teams of the 1970s, winners of Super Bowls IX, X, XIII and XIV. A key figure on all of those team was running…
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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) points to the fans as he comes off the field after an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Minneapolis. The Vikings won 49-17. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

SNF Highlights: Vikings crush Giants 49-17 to clinch playoff spot

28 December 2015 Comments are off for this post.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – The Minnesota Vikings clinched a playoff spot with a 49-17 demolition of the New York Giants on Sunday night. Adrian Peterson rushed for 104 yards and a touchdown, Jerick McKinnon had two runs for scores and the Minnesota defense added a touchdown in a comprehensive win to take the…
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Analyst Picks: Week 16 selections

26 December 2015 Comments are off for this post.
Santa was kind to our panel with an early Christmas gift in Week 15, with 12-4 being the worst record for our experts. Boomer picked up a couple games on the field with a 14-2 record, but Tim Ryan maintained his two-game edge on Ross Tucker and Tony Boselli. Tim,…
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Legend to Legend: Jerry Rice talks about his Super Bowl wins

22 December 2015 Comments are off for this post.
It’s hard to know where to begin when talking about the career of the greatest wide receiver to ever play the game. There are the records, of course – most receptions, most touchdowns and most receiving yards among them – and an MVP performance in Super Bowl XXIII to go along with…
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SNF Highlights: Cardinals clinch NFC West with 40-17 over Eagles

21 December 2015 Comments are off for this post.
PHILADELPHIA – David Johnson had a career night as the Arizona Cardinals defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 40-17 Sunday night to lock up the NFC West title. Johnson scored three touchdowns and had 187 yards on 29 carries as the Cardinals improved to 12-2 on the year. Philadelphia dropped to 6-8…
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Analyst Picks: Week 15 selections

20 December 2015 Comments are off for this post.
Boomer Esiason and James Lofton are off to a fast start already in Week 15, having correctly selected both the Rams at home on Thursday and the Jets in Dallas on Saturday. After a strong Week 14 where he went 13-3, Tony Boselli has climbed up to a tie for…
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Legend to Legend: Lions cornerback Lem Barney

16 December 2015 Comments are off for this post.
Few professional football players have a resume quite like Lem Barney’s. The Mississippi native spent 11 seasons with the Detroit Lions, intercepting 56 passes and earning seven Pro Bowl selections. His time in Detroit from 1967-1977 also led him to one of the oddest credits you’ll ever see – backup…
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