James Mungro had five productive seasons as a member of the Indianapolis Colts in the National Football League. Highlights included scoring multiple touchdowns, in one of the greatest comebacks in NFL history when the Colts erased a 35-14 deficit in the last four minutes of an eventual 38-35 overtime win. The next season, he caught two of Peyton Manning’s record breaking 49 touchdown passes, including the record-tying 48th against San Diego. His professional career was culminated with a Super Bowl ring won in Super Bowl XLI against the Chicago Bears.
Tony Dungy quoted, “He did a lot for us, he was our third back and a very good runner. He was a guy who could go in and play tailback and win games for us. He was our starting fullback in short-yardage and goal-line situations and he was a very good special team’s player.”
As a student athlete, Mungro was a four-year letterman at Syracuse University. He had his best year as a senior, running for 1,170 yards and 14 touchdowns. His 2,984 rushing yards and 29 rushing touchdowns were both second all-time at Syracuse. Mungro was named Music City Bowl MVP with 162 yards, including a career-long 86-yard burst and, two touchdowns against Kentucky. He was also selected as the Insight.Com Bowl Offensive Player of the Game, totaling 112 yards in a victory over Kansas State. He graduated from the Syracuse University, School of Education with a degree in Selected Studies in Education.
Prior to attending Syracuse University, Mungro attended East Stroudsburg South High School, where he played a number sports. He was a competitive wrestler, avid baseball player and valued member of track & field teams. Most notably, during his high school football career he set 48 team records and was a three-time team MVP. He was both Parade and Street & Smith’s All-American performer, Pennsylvania Big School Player-of-the-Year as a junior, and his final two seasons. He set the Pennsylvania state record after amassing 8,432 rushing yards and 9,513 all-purpose yards during his career. In 2016, James was inducted into the Pennsylvania State Hall of Fame.