Jim Hudson

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Jim Hudson
Safety, Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1943-03-31)March 31, 1943
Place of birth: Steubenville, Ohio, United States
Date of death: June 25, 2013(2013-06-25) (aged 70)
Place of death: Austin, Texas, United States
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school: La Feria High School
College: Texas
Debuted in 1965 for the New York Jets
Last played in 1970 for the New York Jets
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • College National Champion (1963)
  • American Football League Champion (1968)
  • Super Bowl champion (III)
  • AP Second-Team All-AFL (1968)
  • NYT First-Team All-AFL (1968)
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Jim Hudson (March 31, 1943 – June 25, 2013) was a professional American Football defensive back. He was one of the first players to ever win a National Championship in college and a Super Bowl as a professional. Hudson played for the New York Jets from 1965 to 1970, playing in both the AFL and NFL.[1] He started in Super Bowl III for the Jets, and made a key interception just before the end of the first half.[2]

Early Life[edit]

Hudson was born in Steubenville, Ohio.

College[edit]

Jim Hudson played at various times wide receiver, running back, defensive back and quarterback at Texas and also returned punts. He began at Texas in 1961, and in his first year on the varsity, he played wingback and defensive back.

The following year, he played defense on the team that won the 1963 National Championship.[3] That season he led the team in interceptions and recorded 5 tackles in the 1964 Cotton Bowl win over #2 Navy.

At the start of the 1964 season, Hudson was moved to quarterback, but he was injured before the season started and replaced by Marvin Kristynik. Hudson's one and only start came in the 2nd week against Texas Tech. He was injured on the first scoring play at the end of the first quarter and replaced by Kristynik for good. He saw little play for the rest of the season, until the 1965 Orange Bowl against #1 and National Champion Alabama. Kristynik struggled early, and Hudson was put in after a penalty turned a punt into a first down. He hit George Sauer for a 69-yard touchdown pass to helped Texas to victory and, in the process,attracted the attention of Jets scouts who had come to watch Crimson Tide quarterback Joe Namath.[4]

Records[edit]

UT Record - Longest touchdown pass in a bowl game (69 yards) - surpassed by James Street in 1969

Pro[edit]

Undrafted, Hudson was signed by the Jets as a defensive back in 1965 joining his former teammate Sauer and opponent Namath. He and Sauer would continue as teammates for the New York Jets for five years from 1965 through 1969.

Hudson only played in 2 games in 1965, but he saw much more playing time from 1966-69, recording 14 career interceptions over that time. 1968 was his best season, he had 85 tackles and 5 interceptions - 7th best in the AFL - including one in the first half of Super Bowl III, earning all league honors.[4] The Jets might not have even made it to the Super Bowl if not for Hudson's play in the AFL championship game. After stopping Warren Wells at the Jets 6 yard line following a 40 yard pass, Hudson was instrumental in keeping the Raiders out of the endzone on the following three plays, forcing Oakland to settle for 3. He knocked down another likely touchdown at the goal line in the 4th forcing another field goal. And on the last drive by the Raiders, he stopped Hewritt Dixon 1 yard short of a 1st down on a 4th and 9 play, giving the ball back to the Jets and helping them to win 27-23. During the same season, Hudson was thrown out of the infamous Heidi game.[5]

The last two years of his career, his playing time reduced as knee injuries took their toll.[4]

Later Life[edit]

After retiring from the NFL, he and former San Diego Chargers quarterback, John Hadl formed and Austin-based real estate firm. When one of his clients asked him to join him the horse-racing business, Hudson became a successful trainer of quarter horses in Texas. He then switched to training thoroughbred horses and moved to Louisiana.[6][4] He was inducted into the University of Texas Men's Hall of Honor in 2012.[4]

Hudson lived in Austin, Texas with his wife Lise, until his death there on June 25, 2013. He died from traumatic dementia encephalophathy at the age of 70.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ NFL.com. "Jim Hudson, DB". Retrieved on May 9, 2013.
  2. ^ Maule, Tex. "Say It's So, Joe". Sports Illustrated, January 20, 1969. Retrieved on May 9, 2013.
  3. ^ Sports Illustrated. "A Royal Place". September 21, 1964. Retrieved on May 9, 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d e Moran, Gaby (November 5, 2012). "Longhorn Hall of Honor: Jim Hudson". TexasFootball.com. Retrieved May 9, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Joe and Jets Look to Super Bowl". Lawrence Daily Journal-World (Lawrence, KA). 30-12-1968. Retrieved 22-09-2014. 
  6. ^ Drape, Joe. "A Lone Star Boy's New Glory". New York Times, July 10, 1997. Retrieved on May 9, 2013.
  7. ^ Jim Hudson, former Longhorn, dies
Preceded by
Marvin Kristynik
University of Texas Quarterback
1964
Succeeded by
Marvin Kristynik