1997 Greater Flint Afro-American Hall of Fame Inductee
Category: MULTIPLE SPORTS
Parents: William and Addie L. Hodo
Sons: James Jr., Eric, Edward
James came to Flint as a youngster from Alabama. He grew up on the north side of Flint, attending Roosevelt and Jefferson Elementary, Emerson Jr. High, Northern High and attended Indiana State. Growing up James always played with the older guys in the neighborhood. One of those older guys was Arden Relerford, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1995. And, because of guys like Relerford, James was inspired to go on and become one of Flint Northern’s great athletes.
James retired from General Motors AC Delphi West, and spends time volunteering in the community wherever there is a need.
1958 City, Valley and State Champions All City Halfback All Valley Halfback All State Halfback Second-most yards rushing in a season – 1,022 Scored 12 touchdowns Teams leading scorer – 72 points
1959 Flint Northern Co-Captain Second Team All Valley Second Team All Classes All State Third in Valley scoring – 24 points Second Team All State Flint Northern career rushing – 1,585
1960 Co-Captain Medley relay record – 2:29.7 AAU mile relay – 3:35.9 City, Valley Regional Champions City track meet broad jump record – 22.3
1960 Freshman – started as Tailback 1961 Sophomore – started at Left Halfback