One of the best football players in the history of the University of Nevada, James Cannida was a sixth-round NFL Draft pick who enjoyed a five-year career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Indianapolis Colts.
A native of the South, Cannida came of age on the West Coast as a two-sport standout at American High School in Fremont, Calif. He moved on to Reno for a remarkable career with the Wolf Pack, where he started all but four games and played all but one game in his four years at Nevada.
He helped lead the Pack to Las Vegas Bowl appearances in 1995 and 1996. In 1996, Cannida led the team with 10 sacks, and in 1997, he tied for the team lead with five. He finished his career with 208 tackles, including 29 for a loss, and 18 sacks.
He was a two-time All-Big West Conference honoree. In 1998, as a celebration of the 100th year of Nevada Athletics, he was named to the All-Century Team as a defensive lineman. He was inducted in the Nevada Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008.
He was selected in the sixth round of the NFL Draft in 1998 by Tampa Bay and played five seasons in the NFL, first for the Buccaneers and later for the Colts.
Now James really enjoys writing about all of his favorite sports from the former player perspective. "I want to create water cooler and barber shop talk", Enlighten the everyday fan and interact with those that love sports like he does.