LaMichael James pulls a Charles Barkley with his fans: “I’m not a clown”

San Francisco 49ers running back LaMichael James (23) at a press conference at the Marriott New Orleans in advance of Super Bowl XLVII against the Baltimore Ravens. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

San Francisco 49ers running back LaMichael James (23) at a press conference at the Marriott New Orleans in advance of Super Bowl XLVII against the Baltimore Ravens. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

LaMichael James has had a heckuva lot of fun over the course of his football career. The running back wasn’t stuck out at Texas Tech or some other spread offense where the team throws the ball 50-plus times a game. No, James spent his college days out in Eugene, playing for offensive mastermind Chip Kelly at Oregon.

As the team’s star running back, he led the nation with a whopping 1,731 yards in 2010, winning the Doak Campbell Award as the nation’s top running back. In 2012, he was the tip of the sword as Oregon took down Wisconsin to win the Rose Bowl.

All of this, of course, was before being selected in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft by a well-coached and uber-talented San Francisco 49ers organization.

Let’s take a quick recap thus far: All-American collegiate career under an offensive mastermind, Rose Bowl win, NFL draftee and instantly rich.

Not bad. But it gets better.

He had to wait while the coach Jim Harbaugh and his staff figured out the best way to utilize James’ talents in conjunction with those of the franchise’s all-time leading rusher, Frank Gore. Once his number was called, however, in Week 14, the dude made his presence felt.

In fact, one might even be so inclined to say that young Mr. James “put on a show” — zing!.

James scored his first career touchdown against the Falcons in the NFC Championship and found paydirt yet again in the sporting world’s biggest stage, the Super Bowl.

Ready for the point to all this?

The dude is no clown on the football field, but that much it obvious. His body of work speaks for itself, and just tuning into any Niners game come fall will make it glaringly obvious.

But all of his running and all of his touchdowns only make him even more of a public figure once he puts the pads away, showers up and tries to live a more normal life.

And that, boys and girls, is all this dude wants — shoot, he ain’t no carnival ride, sucka!

Of course, for those of you out there wondering what our title was alluding to, enjoy: