Patton on a 1961 trading card
|Date of birth:||September 29, 1933|
|Place of birth:||Greenville, Mississippi|
|Date of death:||December 22, 1972(aged 39)|
|Place of death:||Villa Rica, Georgia|
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight:||183 lb (83 kg)|
|High school:||Greenville (MS) E. E. Bass|
|NFL Draft:||1955 / Round: 8 / Pick: 92|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
James Russell Patton (born September 29, 1933 – December 22, 1972) was an American football defensive back in the National Football League (NFL) for the New York Giants. He was a five-time Pro Bowl selection and five-time first-team All-Pro. Patton played college football at the University of Mississippi and was drafted in the eighth round of the 1955 NFL Draft. The Professional Football Researchers Association named Patton to the "PRFA Hall of Very Good" class of 2010.
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. He was driving to Virginia to see his sister who was dying of cancer as reported by his sons.
- "Jimmy Patton Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 8, 2017.
- Riffenburgh, Beau (1986). The Official NFL Encyclopedia, 4th Edition. New American Library Books. pp. 394–5. ISBN 0-453-00524-1.
- "Hall of Very Good Class of 2010". Retrieved November 23, 2016.
- "Jimmy Patton, 39; Ex-Star of Giants". The New York Times. Associated Press. December 27, 1972. p. 42. Retrieved March 8, 2017.
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