James Hadnot

James Hadnot
No. 48
Position: Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1957-07-11) July 11, 1957
Place of birth: Jasper, Texas
Career information
High school: Jasper (TX)
College: Texas Tech
NFL Draft: 1980 / Round: 3 / Pick: 66
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Rushing attempts-yards: 266-1029
Receptions-yards: 54-426
Touchdowns: 5
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

James Weldon Hadnot (born July 11, 1957) is a retired professional American football player who played running back for four seasons for the Kansas City Chiefs. In his first two years at Texas Tech Hadnot played tight end where he was a capable pass-catcher and solid blocker. In need of a running back, coach Rex Dockery switched his big receiver to fullback. Running from the veer formation, Hadnot used his considerable size and surprising speed to rush for a school record 1,369 yards as a junior in 1978, then 1,371 yards as a senior, leading the Southwest Conference both years. He was selected to the 1978 College Football All-America Team (2nd team). He was also chosen Southwest Conference offensive player of the year in both 1978 and 1979.

During his spectacular 1979 season at Texas Tech and in his subsequent Hula Bowl and Senior Bowl appearances, NFL scouts from the Kansas City Chiefs had taken notice of Hadnot's speed and power. They made him their third round pick in the 1980 NFL Draft. In his rookie year he made a solid contribution alternating time with Tony Reed and Horace Belton at running back. Hadnot took over the starting fullback position in 1981, leading the way for the dazzling Joe Delaney while contributing 603 yards rushing and 215 yards receiving of his own. In addition to his four-year NFL career with the Chiefs, Hadnot caught 19 passes for 214 yards at tight end for the San Antonio Gunslingers of the USFL in 1985.

After retirement from football, Hadnot returned to his beloved college town of Lubbock where he resides today. In 2005 he was enshrined in the Texas Tech Athletic Hall of Honor.


Texas Tech Red Raiders football statistical leaders


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