Jim Champion

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Jim Champion
No. 35
Date of birth: (1926-01-11) January 11, 1926 (age 88)
Place of birth: Tillatoba, Mississippi
Career information
Position(s): Linebacker/Tackle/Defensive tackle
Height: 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight: 238 lb (108 kg)
College: Mississippi State
NFL Draft: 1950 / Round: 18 / Pick: 224
As administrator:
1973 St. Louis Cardinals (Personnel scout)
As coach:


Greenwood High School (Head coach)
Mississippi State (Line coach)
BC Lions (Defensive coach)
St. Louis Cardinals (Asst.)
BC Lions (Head coach)
New Orleans Saints (Defensive coordinator)
St. Louis Cardinals (Defensive line coach)
New York Jets (Defensive line coach)
Atlanta Falcons (Defensive line coach)
Green Bay Packers (Defensive line coach)
As player:
1950–51 New York Yanks
Career highlights and awards
1x Grey Cup Champion (52nd)
Records: 8–28–2 (CFL)
24–4–2 (High school)

James Henry Champion (born January 11, 1926 in Tillatoba, Mississippi) is a retired American and Canadian Football player and coach.

A graduate of Mississippi State, Champion spent two seasons as a linebacker and offensive and defensive tackle for the New York Yanks of the National Football League.[1]

After his playing career, Champion became head football coach Greenwood High School in Greenwood, Mississippi.[2] After three seasons in Greenwood, he returned to Mississippi State as line coach.[3]

From 1962–65, Champion was a defensive coach with the BC Lions. After spending one season as an assistant with the St. Louis Cardinals, he returned to the Lions, this time as head coach.[3] Champion was fired during the 1969 season after a 1–9 start.[4]

Following his dismissal, Champion served as an assistant with the New Orleans Saints, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Jets, and Atlanta Falcons before his retirement after the 1979 season.[5] He returned to coaching on an interim basis in 1980 after the resignation of Green Bay Packers defensive line coach Fred von Appen. Champion spent the rest of the season with the Packers, but was not brought back for the 1981 season.[6]

Coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Result
BC 1967 3 8 1 .273 5th in West Division 0 0 Missed playoffs
BC 1968 4 11 1 .267 4th in West Division 0 0 Missed playoffs
BC 1969 1 9 0 .100 5th in West Division 0 0 Fired
Total 8 28 2 .222 0 0


  1. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/C/ChamJi20.htm
  2. ^ Athletic Journal 38: 104. 
  3. ^ a b "New Coach For B.C.". CP. January 20, 1962. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  4. ^ "Parker Replaces Champion at Vancouver". CP. September 24, 1969. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  5. ^ "Sporting Scene". AP. January 8, 1980. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  6. ^ "Champion, Packers part". S-P Services. January 6, 1981. Retrieved 2011-01-07.