Jim Dewar (American football)

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Jim Dewar
A headshot of Dewar from a newspaper
Dewar in a 1947 newspaper clipping
No. 94
Position: Halfback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1922-06-17)June 17, 1922
Place of birth: Oak Park, Illinois
Date of death: June 30, 1989(1989-06-30) (aged 67)
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
College: Indiana
NFL Draft: 1947 / Round: 19 / Pick: 173
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • AAFC Champion (1947)
Career NFL statistics as of 1948
Games: 11
Rushing yards: 64
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

James Alexander Dewar Jr. (June 17, 1922 – June 30, 1989) was an American football halfback who played two seasons in the All-America Football Conference. Dewar played for the Cleveland Browns in 1947 and the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1948.

High school and college[edit]

Dewar attended Indiana University, where he was a standout as a halfback on the school's football team starting as a sophomore in 1942.[1] He ran back a punt 90 yards for a touchdown in a 53–0 victory over Butler University that year.[1] Dewar joined the U.S. Army in 1943 during World War II and played service football at Camp Grant in Rockford, Illinois.[2] He was selected in 1944 to play in the College All-Star Game, a now-defunct matchup between the National Football League champion and a squad composed of the country's best college players.[3] After the war, Dewar returned for a final season at Indiana.[4]

Professional football career[edit]

Dewar was selected with the 173rd pick in the 1947 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams.[5] He instead joined the Cleveland Browns of the All-America Football Conference along with former Indiana teammate Bob Cowan.[6][7] The Browns finished the 1947 season with a 12–1–1 record and won the AAFC championship against the New York Yankees.[8] After a year with the team, Dewar was sent to the Brooklyn Dodgers. He played one season there before leaving football.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Indiana Trounces Butler U., 53-0". The Pittsburgh Press. Bloomington, Ind. United Press International. September 27, 1942. p. 3. Retrieved September 17, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Billy Reed's Aerial Scores Touchdown Before End of Half". The Milwaukee Journal. Rockford, Ill. Associated Press. September 25, 1943. p. 1. Retrieved September 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Chicago Bears Rated Stronger Than All-Stars". Warsaw Daily Times. Chicago. United Press International. August 30, 1944. p. 5. Retrieved September 17, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Hoosiers Crush Minnesota In Second Half Drive, 21-0". The Pittsburgh Press. Minneapolis. United Press International. October 6, 1946. p. 13. Retrieved September 17, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Jim Dewar NFL Football Statistics". Pro Football Reference. Archived from the original on October 7, 2012. Retrieved September 17, 2012. 
  6. ^ Sauerbrei, Harold (November 15, 1947). "Ulinski And Dewar Figure In Brown's Battle Plans". Cleveland Plain Dealer. p. 15. 
  7. ^ Sauerbrei, Harold (August 14, 1947). "Mayne's Speed Boosts Chances With Browns". Cleveland Plain Dealer. p. 18. 
  8. ^ Piascik 2007, p. 81.


  • Piascik, Andy (2007). The Best Show in Football: The 1946–1955 Cleveland Browns. Lanham, MD: Taylor Trade Publishing. ISBN 978-1-58979-571-6. 

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