James Alder


  • Contributes to The New York Times football blog The Fifth Down
  • Wrote football history and trivia book YaKnow? Pro Football (PockitBook Publishing, Inc., 2005)
  • Expert consultant for books about National Football Leauge star players
  • Guest expert for radio and websites devoted to American football


James Alder is a former writer for ThoughtCo who contributed articles about the game of American football for 12 years. James is an expert on the game. He writes for The New York Times football blog, The Fifth Down. Many fantasy football sites reference hit ThoughtCo articles and he made guest appearances on WCCO Radio–Minneapolis and KRKO Radio–Seattle.

James wrote YaKnow? Pro Football: Trivia Gamebook (PockitBook Publishing, Inc., 2005) which contains football history and trivia about the game. He was the expert consultant for Michael Sandler's Troy Polamalu–Football Heroes Making a Difference (Bearport Pub Co., 2011) and Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers: Super Bowl XLV (Bearport Pub Co., 2011).


James Alder studied computer science at Kankakee Community College.

Awards and Publications

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