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|Date of birth:||September 29, 1933|
|Place of birth:||Greenville, MS|
|Date of death:||December 22, 1972(aged 39)|
|Place of death:||Villa Rica, GA|
|NFL Draft:||1955 / Round: 8 / Pick: 92|
|1955-1966||New York Giants|
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James Russell Patton (born September 29, 1933 – December 22, 1972) was an American football defensive back in the National Football League for the New York Giants. He was a five-time Pro Bowler. Patton played college football at the University of Mississippi and was drafted in the eighth round of the 1955 NFL Draft. He was recently included as one of two Defensive Backs on the 50th Anniversary All-Time SEC Conference Football Team.
Patton was killed in an automobile accident on December 22, 1972. He was the only passenger in the car, and no other vehicles were involved. The accident happened near Villa Rica, Georgia. He was driving to Virginia to see his sister who was dying of cancer as reported by his sons.
- ^Riffenburgh, Beau The Official NFL Encyclopedia 4th Edition NAL (New American Library) Books, 1986 p. 394-5 isbn 0-453-00524-1
- Oldest Living Pro-Football Necrology - Jimmy Patton
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