Jim Phillips (American football)

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Jim Phillips
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Phillips on a 1963 trading card
No. 82
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born:(1936-02-05)February 5, 1936
Alexander City, Alabama
Died:March 25, 2015(2015-03-25) (aged 79)
Auburn, Alabama
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:197 lb (89 kg)
Career information
High school:Alexander City (AL) Benjamin Russell
NFL Draft:1958 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:6,044
Yards per reception:15.1
Receiving touchdowns:34
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

James Jackson "Red" Phillips (February 5, 1936 – March 25, 2015) was an American football wide receiver who played for the Los Angeles Rams and the Minnesota Vikings for 10 seasons, from 1958 to 1967. Phillips was a three-time Pro Bowler as a Ram from 1960 to 1962 and was first team in 1961. Phillips attended Auburn University. He was on 11 All-American teams his senior year at Auburn. He was co-captain on Auburn's 1957 national championship team.

NFL Career[edit]

As a rookie in 1958, Phillips led the NFL with the longest reception for that season: 93 yards. In 1961, he led the NFL in total receptions with 78.[1]

Post NFL[edit]

After leaving the NFL, Phillips held coaching positions with the Atlanta Falcons, San Diego Chargers, New Orleans Saints, and Florida State. He later ran a successful insurance business and was appointed to the Alabama Department of Insurance.[2]

Phillips was inducted into Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 1985. In 2004, Phillips was named Auburn's SEC Football Legend for the SEC Championship Game of that year.

Personal life[edit]

Phillips married "Mickey" Kennedy in 1957. They had three children. Phillips died on March 25, 2015 at Bethany House (Hospice) in Auburn.[3]


  1. ^ "Red Phillips Stats". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Community mourns loss of AU legend 'Red' Phillips". AlexCity Outlook.
  3. ^ "Auburn All-American, NFL All-Pro Jimmy 'Red' Phillips dies". AL.com.