January 11, 1926|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||238 lb (108 kg)|
|NFL draft||1950 / Round: 18 / Pick: 224|
|1973||St. Louis Cardinals (scout)|
|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)|
|1950–1951||New York Yanks|
|Career highlights and awards|
24–4–2 (High school)
James Henry Champion (born January 11, 1926) is an American retired gridiron football player and coach.
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. Champion was fired during the 1969 season after a 1–9 start.
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. 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.
Head coaching record
|Team||Year||Regular Season||Post Season|
|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|
- Athletic Journal. 38: 104. Missing or empty
- "New Coach For B.C." CP. January 20, 1962. Retrieved 2011-01-07.
- "Parker Replaces Champion at Vancouver". CP. September 24, 1969. Retrieved 2011-01-07.
- "Sporting Scene". AP. January 8, 1980. Retrieved 2011-01-07.
- "Champion, Packers part". S-P Services. January 6, 1981. Retrieved 2011-01-07.