Jim Gibbons (American football)
Gibbons from 1958 Hawkeye
|Date of birth||September 26, 1936|
|Place of birth||Chicago, Illinois, USA|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||220 lb (100 kg)|
|NFL draft||1958 / Round: 6 / Pick 61
(By the Cleveland Browns)
|Career highlights and awards|
Gibbons and Karras went to Detroit as part of the Lions' 1958 NFL Draft. Drafted in the sixth round by the Cleveland Browns, the 6'3", 220-pound tight end was traded immediately to the Lions. Gibbons became one of the Lions' best offensive stars during the next decade. He earned Pro Bowl honors three-times during his career, after the 1960, 1961 and 1964 seasons. He had a career year in 1964, earning Lion MVP honors, catching 45 passes for 605 yards and 8 touchdowns.
As of 2009, Gibbons ranks seventh on the Lions' all-time reception list with 287 receptions, 3,561 yards and 20 touchdowns. Selected to three Pro Bowls, Gibbons's career highlight may have come during the legendary 1960 game versus the Baltimore Colts in Baltimore. He scored on a 65-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Earl Morrall as time expired. It was the game's third lead change in the last 15 seconds of play and gave the Lions a 20–15 victory.
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