Jimmy Patton

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Jimmy Patton
Date of birth (1933-09-29)September 29, 1933
Place of birth Greenville, MS
Date of death December 22, 1972(1972-12-22) (aged 39)
Place of death Villa Rica, GA
Career information
Position(s) Defensive back
College Mississippi
NFL draft 1955 / Round: 8 / Pick: 92
Career history
As player
1955–1966 New York Giants
Career highlights and awards
Pro Bowls

5

  • Pro Bowl selection (consecutive seasons: 1953–1963)
  • 5× First-team All-Pro selection (1958, 1959,1960,1961,1962)
Career stats

James Russell Patton (born September 29, 1933 – December 22, 1972) was an American football defensive back in the National Football League for the New York Giants.[1] He was a five-time Pro Bowler.[2][3][4][5][6] Patton played college football at the University of Mississippi and was drafted in the eighth round of the 1955 NFL Draft.[7] He was recently included as one of two Defensive Backs on the 50th Anniversary All-Time SEC Conference Football Team.[citation needed]

On December 22, 1972, Patton was killed in an automobile accident near Villa Rica, Georgia. He was driving alone in his car when he was struck by an oncoming vehicle while attempted to pass another car.[1] He was driving to Virginia to see his sister who was dying of cancer as reported by his sons.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "James Russell Patton". Oldest Living Pro Football Players. Retrieved 2015-12-02. 
  2. ^ "1958 NFL All-Pros | Pro-Football-Reference.com". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-12-02. 
  3. ^ "1959 NFL All-Pros | Pro-Football-Reference.com". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-12-02. 
  4. ^ "1960 NFL All-Pros | Pro-Football-Reference.com". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-12-02. 
  5. ^ "1961 NFL All-Pros | Pro-Football-Reference.com". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-12-02. 
  6. ^ "1962 NFL All-Pros | Pro-Football-Reference.com". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-12-02. 
  7. ^ Riffenburgh, Beau (1986). The Official NFL Encyclopedia, 4th Edition. New American Library Books. pp. 394–5. ISBN 0-453-00524-1.