Jeffcoat after the 2012 Military Bowl.
|Date of birth:||April 1, 1961|
|Place of birth:||Long Branch, New Jersey|
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight:||280 lb (127 kg)|
|High school:||Matawan (NJ) Regional|
|NFL draft:||1983 – 1st round – 23rd pick|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Stats at NFL.com|
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
James Wilson "Jim" Jeffcoat, Jr. (born April 1, 1961) is a former American football defensive end and current coach. A native of Matawan, New Jersey, Jeffcoat played college football at Arizona State University. A first-round pick in the 1983 NFL Draft, Jeffcoat was the 23rd overall selection and played for the Dallas Cowboys from 1983 to 1994 and the Buffalo Bills from 1995 to 1997.
Jeffcoat grew up in Matawan, New Jersey, and played high school football at Matawan Regional High School, where he earned All-American football honors while also lettering in wrestling; the school retired his jersey (#79).
He was a three-year starter at Arizona State University from 1980-82. In 1981 he earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors. In 1982 he became the catalyst of the Sun Devils' No. 1 ranked defense (228.9 yards/game). He collected 95 tackles, four sacks, four pass deflections, and forced two fumbles during his senior season, where he earned All-Pac-10, Honorable Mention to the All-America Associated Press and Sporting News teams. He played in the East–West Shrine Game and in the Senior Bowl.
Jeffcoat was inducted into the Arizona State Hall of Fame on Oct. 22, 1994, as arguably one of the greatest defensive linemen to wear a Sun Devil uniform, finishing with 20 career sacks. He also was inducted into the Arizona State Football Ring of Honor and the Fiesta Bowl Hall of Fame, after dominating a 1983 Fiesta Bowl victory, earning defensive player of the game in a 32-21 win over University of Oklahoma.
Jeffcoat was drafted in the first round (23rd overall) of the 1983 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. Jeffcoat was a key component of the Cowboys defense, where he teamed for most of his career with Ed "Too Tall" Jones. He is tied with Bob Lilly for the team record for most sacks in a game (five), leading the team in sacks in 1986 and 1992. After twelve seasons with the Cowboys, in which he won two Super Bowl rings(1992–93), he joined the Buffalo Bills before the start of the 1995 NFL season, playing his final three years with the Bills before retiring.
Jeffcoat finished his fifteen NFL seasons with 102 sacks, two interceptions for 91 return yards and two touchdowns (both against the New York Giants), and eleven fumble recoveries for 121 yards and two touchdowns.
After his retirement in 1997, he spent seven seasons (1998–2005) on the Cowboys' coaching staff. Jeffcoat spent his last five seasons in the organization as the defensive ends coach after two years as the club's assistant defensive line coach.
On January 28, 2008, Jeffcoat was hired to join Kevin Sumlin's staff at the University of Houston as defensive line coach. Prior to arriving in Houston, Jeffcoat was in private business in the Dallas area for two years.
From 2011 to 2012, Jeffcoat coached the San Jose State defensive line. In January 2013, he joined the University of Colorado Buffaloes as defensive line coach under recently hired head coach Mike MacIntyre.
After retiring as a player, Jeffcoat served as the defensive ends coach for the Cowboys, until 2005. He and his wife, Tammy, live just outside the suburb of Plano, Texas with their four children: twins Jackson (20) and Jacqueline (20), Jaren (22), and Jasmine (13). Jacqueline was a top 2010 class basketball center recruit for the University of Oklahoma, while Jackson attended the University of Texas after being an All-State defensive end at Plano West Senior High School and being considered one of top players in the Class of 2010. He currently owns an Allstate insurance agency.
- Gosselin, Rick. "New-found rivals", The Dallas Morning News, August 8, 1993. Accessed August 14, 2012. "But Jeffcoat, who grew up in Matawan, NJ, never bought into the America's Team mystique."
- Jim Jeffcoat, database Football. Accessed November 27, 2007.
- UH Football: Former Dallas Cowboy Star Joins Sumlin's Staff
- Sayles, Damon L. (2009-02-04). "Plano West's Jeffcoat one of top players in Class of 2010". Dallas Morning News.
- University of Colorado athletics biography of Jeffcoat
- Buffalo Bills bio (covers up to 1996)
- Jeffcoat Last Link To Cowboys' Past