Jim Champion

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Jim Champion
No. 35
Date of birth (1926-01-11) January 11, 1926 (age 91)
Place of birth Tillatoba, Mississippi
Career information
Position(s) Linebacker/Tackle/Defensive tackle
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 238 lb (108 kg)
College Mississippi State
NFL draft 1950 / Round: 18 / Pick: 224
Career history
As administrator
1973 St. Louis Cardinals (scout)
As coach
1954–1956 Greenwood HS (MS) (HC)
1957–1961 Mississippi State (line)
1962–1965 BC Lions (defensive coach)
1966 St. Louis Cardinals (assistant)
1967–1969 BC Lions (HC)
1971–1972 New Orleans Saints (DC)
1974–1975 St. Louis Cardinals (DL)
1976 New York Jets (DL)
1977–1979 Atlanta Falcons (DL)
1980 Green Bay Packers (DL)
As player
1950–1951 New York Yanks
Career highlights and awards
1x Grey Cup Champion (52nd)
Records 8–28–2 (CFL)
24–4–2 (High school)

James Henry Champion (born January 11, 1926) is an American retired gridiron football player and coach.

A graduate of Mississippi State University, Champion spent two seasons as a linebacker and offensive and defensive tackle for the New York Yanks of the National Football League (NFL).[1]

After his playing career, Champion became head football coach Greenwood High School in Greenwood, Mississippi.[2] After three seasons in Greenwood, he returned to Mississippi State as line coach.[3]

From 1962 to 1965, Champion was a defensive coach with the BC Lions. After spending one season as an assistant with the St. Louis Cardinals, he returned to the Lions, this time as head coach.[3] Champion was fired during the 1969 season after a 1–9 start.[4]

Following his dismissal, Champion served as an assistant with the New Orleans Saints, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Jets, and Atlanta Falcons before his retirement after the 1979 season.[5] He returned to coaching on an interim basis in 1980 after the resignation of Green Bay Packers defensive line coach Fred von Appen. Champion spent the rest of the season with the Packers, but was not brought back for the 1981 season.[6]

Head coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Result
BC 1967 3 8 1 .273 5th in West Division 0 0 Missed playoffs
BC 1968 4 11 1 .267 4th in West Division 0 0 Missed playoffs
BC 1969 1 9 0 .100 5th in West Division 0 0 Fired
Total 8 28 2 .222 0 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/C/ChamJi20.htm
  2. ^ Athletic Journal. 38: 104.  Missing or empty |title= (help);
  3. ^ a b "New Coach For B.C.". CP. January 20, 1962. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  4. ^ "Parker Replaces Champion at Vancouver". CP. September 24, 1969. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  5. ^ "Sporting Scene". AP. January 8, 1980. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  6. ^ "Champion, Packers part". S-P Services. January 6, 1981. Retrieved 2011-01-07.