|Full name||Jean-Pierre Adams|
|Date of birth||10 March 1948|
|Place of birth||Dakar, French West Africa|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|1967–1970||Racing club de Fontainebleau|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 April 2007.
† Appearances (Goals).
Jean-Pierre Adams (born 10 March 1948) is a French former international footballer. Along with Marius Trésor, he was a member of the garde noire (black guard) as France's central defender. Since 17 March 1982, he has been in a coma following an operation.
Adams was born and raised in Dakar until the age of 10, when he left his native Senegal on a pilgrimage to Montargis in the Loiret department alongside his grandmother, who was a devout Catholic. When they arrived, she enlisted Adams at a local Catholic school, Saint-Louis de Montargis. He was adopted by a French couple shortly after his arrival. During his studies he worked at a local rubber manufacturer and he started playing football at several local clubs in the Loiret department.
He started his football career playing for RC Fontainebleau, with whom he won the Championnat de France amateur in 1968 and 1969. In 1970 signed a contract with Nîmes Olympique, where he made 98 appearances and scored 10 goals in three years. In 1972 he won the Coupe des Alpes and finished second in the national championship. The same year he made his debut for the France national football team in a friendly played against Africa. After a convincing period with the Nîmes Olympique team, he was transferred to OGC Nice in 1973 for whom he made 144 appearances and scored 17 goals in four years. He was vicechampion of the Ligue 1 in 1976 with OGC Nice. The last great team for whom he played was Paris Saint-Germain for whom he made 42 appearances and scored 2 goals between 1977 and 1979. He made his last cap for the national team in 1976. Alongside fellow defender Marius Trésor, he formed a strong defense for the France national football team called la garde noire (the black guard).
Personal life and injury
Adams and his wife Bernadette were married in April 1969. He has two sons, Laurent (born 1969) and Frédéric (born 1976). After suffering a ligament rupture, he was hospitalised for surgery on 17 March 1982 at the Édouard Herriot Hospital in Lyon. After an error made by his anaesthetist, Jean-Pierre suffered a bronchospasm which starved his brain of oxygen. He entered into a coma on 17 March 1982.
- "Association des anciens élèves de l'école Saint-Louis de Montargis" (in French). ecolesaintlouis.org. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
- "Jean-Pierre Adams, 30 ans dans le coma" (in French). sofoot.com. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
- "Bernadette Adams : l'ange gardien de Jean-Pierre Adams" (in French). midilibre.fr. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
- "30 ans dans le coma : Le destin tragique de Jean-Pierre Adams" (in French). ndamli.sn. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
- "L'Eurélienne Bernadette Adams vit au chevet de son mari footballeur, dans le coma depuis 30 ans" (in French). lechorepublicain.fr. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
- http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/feb/27/jean-pierre-adams-footballer-coma "The footballer trapped in 'The House of the Beautiful Sleeping Athlete'" - an extract of an article on Jean-Pierre Adams' life from The Blizzard, published by The Guardian