Jim Garrett

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Jim Garrett
Garrett in 1955
Born:(1930-06-19)June 19, 1930
Passaic, New Jersey
Died:February 9, 2018(2018-02-09) (aged 87)
Monmouth Beach, New Jersey
Career information
CFL statusInternational
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight192 lb (87 kg)
Career history
As player
1955BC Lions

James W. Garrett (June 19, 1930 – February 9, 2018) was an American football player, coach, and scout. He starred as a fullback and linebacker for Rutherford High School in New Jersey (1944–1948) and as a running back playing college football at Utah State University.

Playing career[edit]

Garrett played as a fullback and linebacker for Rutherford High School in New Jersey (1944–1948) and as a running back playing college football at Utah State University.[1] After college, he played for the BC Lions and the New York Giants in the 1950s.[citation needed]

Coaching career[edit]

He began coaching at the United States Coast Guard Academy and Lehigh University and found success as head coach at Susquehanna University (1960–1965), leading them to a 39–11–1 record which included undefeated seasons in 1961 and 1962. He was fired during the seventh game of the 1965 season for assaulting a player.[2] He spent most of the next 40 years in the National Football League as an assistant coach with the New York Giants (1970–1973), the New Orleans Saints (1976–1977), and the Cleveland Browns (1978–1984), as well as head coach of the Houston Texans of the fledgling World Football League (1974). There was a brief stint in the mid-1970s as head coach at Millburn High School in New Jersey. His last coaching job as head coach of Columbia University in 1985 was fraught with controversy as the team went 0–10 and accusations of verbal and physical abuse surfaced.[3] After the season, his sons John, Jason and Judd, who were enrolled at Columbia, transferred to Princeton University.[4]

From 1987 to 2004, he served as a scout for the Dallas Cowboys.[5]

Personal life and death[edit]

Garrett and his wife Jane (née Lentz) are the parents of eight children. His sons John, Jason, and Judd played and coached in the NFL. Jason is the head coach for the Dallas Cowboys, John is the head coach at Lafayette College, Judd is a front office executive with the Cowboys, and Jim III teaches High School English at University School near Cleveland, Ohio.[6]

Garrett died on February 9, 2018 at the age of 87.[7]



  1. ^ http://www.justsportsstats.com/footballstatsindex.php?player_id=garrejim001
  2. ^ Gross, Jane. "SCOUTING; Long-Ago Swat Is Long Forgiven". Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  3. ^ Moran, Malcolm. " Garrett Incidents Described", The New York Times, November 27, 1985; accessed July 7, 2007.
  4. ^ "SPORTS PEOPLE; Uncertain Status", The New York Times, January 21, 1986; accessed October 20, 2007.
  5. ^ Archer, Todd. "Cowboys set to add Garrett to staff", Dallas Morning News, January 25, 2007; accessed July 7, 2007. "Garrett's father, Jim, was a long-time scout with the Cowboys, retiring in 2004."
  6. ^ https://www.us.edu/page/academics/upper-school-9-12/english
  7. ^ Longtime Cowboys Scout & Former Coach Jim Garrett Passes Away
  8. ^ RHS Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Dinner, rutherfordschools.org, April 19, 1996; accessed July 7, 2007.