Jimmy Patton

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Jimmy Patton
Date of birth: (1933-09-29)September 29, 1933
Place of birth: Greenville, MS
Date of death: December 22, 1972(1972-12-22) (aged 39)
Place of death: Villa Rica, GA
Career information
Position(s): Defensive back
College: Mississippi
NFL Draft: 1955 / Round: 8 / Pick: 92
As player:
1955-1966 New York Giants
Career highlights and awards
Pro Bowls:


  • Pro Bowl selection (consecutive seasons: 1953–1963)
  • 5× First-team All-Pro selection (1958, 1959,1960,1961,1962)
Career stats
Playing stats at NFL.com

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.