|Date of birth:||June 15, 1937|
|Place of birth:||El Dorado, Arkansas|
|Height:||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight:||177 lb (80 kg)|
|High school:||El Dorado (AR)|
|AFL draft:||1960 / Round: 2
Pick: First Selections
(by the New York Titans)
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at PFR|
James W. Mooty (born June 15, 1937) is a former American football safety in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. He was selected 1st team All-American by the Associated Press in 1959 while playing college football for the University of Arkansas.
As a junior, he left school and went back home after the sixth loss of the season. Switzer, Mooty's roommate went along with Broyles to ask him to return. The team also voted to take Mooty back after losing two games.
In 1959, he nearly quit football again because of head injuries, but came back to have his best season registering 519 rushing yards and 5 rushing touchdowns (led the league). He helped his team win the Southwest Conference Co-Championship with a 9-2 record, which included the clinching touchdown run against Texas A&M University. He was the Most Valuable Player in the 1960 Gator Bowl after scoring the winning touchdown, with a 19-yard run against Georgia Tech University, still considered to be a storied play in school history.
Mooty finished his college career after rushing for 1,152 yards on 211 carries for an average of 5.4 yards, 9 touchdowns and 13 receptions for 156 yards. He returned kickoffs, highlighted by a 100-yard return against Hardin–Simmons University in 1958. He also practiced college baseball.
He was inducted into the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor. In 1981, he was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. In 2011, he was inducted into the Union County Sports Hall of Fame. He was also named to the University of Arkansas All-Century Team and All-Decade Team of the 1950s.
He was a part of the franchise's inaugural season and was a backup safety in 7 games, after suffering a torn quadriceps in his left leg during training camp. On June 9, 1961, he announced his retirement.
Mooty is involved in the Hospital Clinics business.
- "After Quitting Twice Mooty Is Backbone Of Arkansas Team". Retrieved April 30, 2017.
- "Mooty to Serve as Honorary Captain". Retrieved April 30, 2017.
- "Mooty named honorary captain". Retrieved April 30, 2017.
- "Mooty Quitting Pro Football". Retrieved April 30, 2017.