Jim Cooper (American football)
|Date of birth:||September 28, 1955|
|Place of birth:||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight:||262 lb (119 kg)|
|High school:||Philadelphia (PA) Dougherty|
|NFL draft:||1977 / Round: 6 / Pick: 164|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Stats at NFL.com|
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
James Albert Cooper (born September 28, 1955 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a former American football offensive lineman in the National Football League. He played for the Dallas Cowboys from 1977 through 1986. He played college football at Temple University.
Cooper played high school football at Cardinal Dougherty High School in Philadelphia, not far from the Temple campus. He was a three-sport athlete, earning varsity letters in football, baseball, and track and field. He was the Catholic League champ in the shot put. His teammates elected him captain in all three sports during his senior year.
He was inducted into the Philadelphia Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.
Cooper was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the sixth round of the 1977 NFL Draft. The NFL proved difficult at first, getting released at the end of his rookie training camp. But after being signed back during the preseason, he took advantage of this second opportunity, by learning 3 positions (Tackle, Guard, Center) and becoming the most versatile Offensive lineman in the team.
During his time with the Cowboys, center John Fitzgerald nicknamed the Cowboys offensive line as the "Four Irishmen and a Scott", when it was formed by him, Fitzgerald, Pat Donovan, Tom Rafferty and Herb Scott.
In 1984, he missed half of the season, after being injured on a bizarre accident, when he slipped while rising from a table at a night club, while watching Monday Night Football. He dislocated his right ankle and in the process broke a bone and ligaments. He was replaced by Phil Pozderac the rest of the season.
After retirement, he focused on managing his family owned company Industrial Container Services.