If you noticed something different about Charles James this year, then you have good IIs.
The second-year cornerback has tweaked his name to Charles James II, and the back of his jersey also carries the Roman numeral designation. While some players have added that kind of distinction to honor their fathers or their namesakes -- last year Louis Murphy Jr. added the Jr. for that reason -- James told Newsday his is for a different reason. One hundred and 80 degrees different.
"I never knew my father," James said. "I've seen him maybe once throughout my whole lifetime. It's one of those things that I wanted to make a clear distinction that I am Charles James II and not Charles James I because I don't want him and me to get mixed up in any type of way."
James said he was very concerned that his father might use their similar names for some kind of "fraudulent activity" and wanted to make sure that even though they share a first and last name there is a difference, especially now that he is playing in the NFL.
"I found out he was trying to reach out [to me]," James said of the impetus behind the change. "I don't know too much about him, but from the little I do hear, he's not too much of a good person."