James Casey is a tight end for the Houston Texans, who selected him with the 152nd overall pick in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Following his sophomore year with at Rice Owls, Casey declared for the 2009 NFL Draft. Casey is 6-feet, 4-inches tall and weighs 235 pounds.
While at Alse High School (TX), Casey was a standout quarterback, but also pitched for the baseball team. He suffered a knee injury, cutting short his football career. He focused on baseball and developed a 95-mph fastball.

Casey was a seventh-round pick by the Chicago White Sox in 2003, and made his debut with the Bristol White Sox of the Appalachian League. In his first professional season, he went 2-2 with a 4.28 ERA, but never again matched those numbers. he spent three years in the White Sox system, never advancing above rookie ball, before playing one year of independent baseball. He retired after the 2006 season, and enrolled at Rice.
College Career
Casey stepped into the starting lineup immediately as a true freshman in 2007, playing multiple positions. He was named to the Rivals.com Freshman All-America team, seeing time at quarterback, running back, H-back and tight end. In 2008, Casey focused on more of a receiving role and led Rice with 111 receptions and 1,329 receiving yards. The 111 receptions tied for the lead among FBS players. Casey helped lead Rice to its first bowl victory since the 1953 season.
NFL Career
Casey was selected in the fifth round (152nd overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans. Before the 2009 season, Casey signed a four-year/$1.935M contract with Houston.