|Date of birth:October 28, 1946|
|Place of birth: Charlotte, North Carolina|
|High school: Arcadia (FL) DeSoto County|
|NFL Draft: 1969 / Round: 2 / Pick: 47|
|Debuted in 1969 for the Detroit Lions|
|Last played in 1977 for the Detroit Lions|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 1977
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
James Kelley Yarbrough (born October 28, 1946) is an American former college and professional football player who was an offensive lineman in the National Football League (NFL) for nine seasons during the 1960s and 1970s. Yarbrough played college football for the University of Florida. A second-round pick in the 1969 NFL Draft, he played his entire professional career for the NFL's Detroit Lions.
Yarbrough was born in Charlotte, North Carolina. He grew up in Arcadia, Florida, where he attended DeSoto County High School, and played high school football for the DeSoto Bulldogs. Yarbrough was an offensive end, doubled on defense as a roving "monster man" linebacker, and also kicked most of the extra points for the Bulldogs. He was also a shot-putter on the DeSoto County High School track team and center on the basketball team.
Yarbrough accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Ray Graves' Florida Gators football team from 1966 to 1968. Memorably, he was a sophomore starter for the Steve Spurrier-led squad that won the first major bowl game in Gators history when they defeated the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 27–12 to win the 1967 Orange Bowl.
Yarbrough returned to Florida during the NFL off-season to complete his bachelor's degree in marketing in 1971, and he was later inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great." In a 2006 article series written for The Gainesville Sun, he was ranked among the 100 greatest Gator football players of all time (No. 98).
The Detroit Lions chose Yarbrough in the second round (forty-seventh pick overall) of the 1969 NFL Draft, and he played his entire nine-season professional career for the Lions as an offensive tackle from 1969 to 1977. He became a regular starter at left tackle in the last four seasons of his NFL career, starting forty-one of his last forty-nine games.
- Florida Gators football, 1960–69
- List of Detroit Lions players
- List of Florida Gators football players in the NFL
- List of University of Florida alumni
- Pro-Football-Reference.com, Players, Jim Yarbrough. Retrieved July 6, 2010.
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- National Football League, Draft History, 1969. Retrieved May 23, 2010.
- National Football League, Historical Players, Jim Yarbrough. Retrieved May 23, 2010.
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