J. R. Boone

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J. R. Boone
No. 55, 24, 22, 43
Position: halfback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1925-07-29)July 29, 1925
Place of birth: Clinton, Oklahoma
Date of death: January 21, 2012(2012-01-21) (aged 86)
Place of death: Selma, California
Career information
College: Tulsa
NFL Draft: 1948 / Round: 22 / Pick: 203
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Rushing attempts–yards: 130–497
Receptions–yards: 69–1251
Touchdowns: 12
Player stats at NFL.com

J. R. Boone (July 29, 1925 – January 21, 2012) was a professional American football player who played halfback for six seasons for the Chicago Bears, the San Francisco 49ers, and the Green Bay Packers. He was born in Clinton, Oklahoma.

Boone was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 22nd round of the 1948 NFL Draft, which was held on December 19, 1947.

He was a star athlete player for the University of Tulsa, and earned nine letters, and graduated in physical education and social science. A captain of the University of Tulsa football team, Boone was also a star athlete in basketball, track, baseball. He was a versatile athlete, with plenty of speed that complemented his abilities, and often he was a back, safety, punt and kick returner. He was also drafted by the New York Yankees baseball organization. Boone was traded to the San Francisco 49ers in 1952, and then to the Green Bay Packers in 1953.

Boone's six-year pro career statistics included 497 rushing yards in 130 carries and five touchdowns in 63 games. He also had sure hands, which caught sixty-nine pass receptions for 1,251 yards, eight touchdowns (18.1 average per catch), and returned seventy-two punt returns for 725 yards (10.1 average).

In 1972, Boone was inducted into the Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame.[1] He died in his sleep at his home in Selma, California.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame | Home". Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame | Home. Retrieved 2017-02-02. 
  2. ^ Former Bulldog Coach JR Boone Passes - Fresno State Athletics Retrieved 2016-11-23.