TEANECK, N.J. -- Happy Birthday to James Finn Jr.
The NFL fullback, who was born in Teaneck, turns 40 on Friday.
Finn was born on Dec. 9, 1976 in Teaneck and grew up in Fair Lawn. He attended Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell where he starred in both football and wrestling. An All-State pick in both sports, he was the 189-pound class state champion and posted a 33-2 record as a senior.
Because no Division I-A recruiters were seeking him, Finn sought a Division I-AA program and committed with the University of Pennsylvania.
Finn was a four-year letterman while playing college football at the University of Pennsylvania, where he accumulated 2,277 rushing yards, which ranks as the fourth-highest total in school history. He also scored 180 points for fifth on the all-time list.
He was an All-Ivy League player as a senior and junior. In his senior season, Finn set school records for yards, rushing attempts, and rushing touchdowns.
He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the seventh round of the 1999 NFL Draft.