Jim Steffen

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Jim Steffen
No. 20, 41
Position: Defensive back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1936-05-01)May 1, 1936
Place of birth: Orange, California
Date of death: April 23, 2015(2015-04-23) (aged 78)
Place of death: Arnold, Maryland
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 196 lb (89 kg)
Career information
High school: Tustin (CA)
College: UCLA
NFL Draft: 1959 / Round: 13 / Pick: 149
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

James William Steffen (May 1, 1936 - April 23, 2015) was an American football defensive back who played in the National Football League for the Detroit Lions and the Washington Redskins. He played college football at the University of California, Los Angeles and was drafted in the thirteenth round of the 1959 NFL Draft. James Steffen attended Tustin High School and graduated in 1954.

Early years[edit]

Steffen was an All-State selection in football, baseball and basketball at Tustin High School. From Occidental College he transferred to Orange Coast College, then to Santa Ana College, before finally moving on to UCLA in 1956. After sitting out for a year, he walked on to the football team and even though he was only 5' 10" and weighted less than 190 pounds, he was a tenacious tackler who played both defensive end and offensive end. In his senior year he was named team captain, second team all-west coast and honorable mention All-American. He also was a key player on the UCLA baseball team.

Professional career[edit]

Steffen was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the thirteenth round of the 1959 NFL Draft, where he was converted to safety and played for two and a half years, before being traded to the Washington Redskins in the middle of the 1961 season.

With the Redskins he was recognized as one of the best tacklers in the league, before being traded to the Dallas Cowboys at the end of the 1965 season, along with a draft choice, in exchange for Brig Owens, Jake Kupp, and Mitch Johnson.[1]

The Cowboys tried to convert him from safety to linebacker, but ended up releasing him before the 1966 season started.[2]


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