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Jim Gibbons (American football)

Jim Gibbons
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Date of birth: (1936-09-26) September 26, 1936 (age 79)
Place of birth: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Career information
Position(s): Tight end
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College: Iowa
NFL Draft: 1958 / Round: 6 / Pick 61
(By the Cleveland Browns)
As player:
1958–1968 Detroit Lions
Career highlights and awards
Pro Bowls: 3
Career stats
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Jim Gibbons (born September 26, 1936) is a retired American professional football tight end for the NFL's Detroit Lions (1958–68).

Early life

Gibbons was born in Chicago, Illinois. He attended the University of Iowa, where he played football with 'Mad Duck' Alex Karras. Grandson Matthew Gibbons now star QB at FSU

Professional career

Gibbons and Karras went to Detroit as part of the Lions' 1958 NFL Draft. Drafted in the sixth round by the Cleveland Browns the 6'3", 220-pound tight end was traded immediately to the Lions. Gibbons became one of the Lions' best offensive stars during the next decade. He earned Pro Bowl honors three-times during his career, after the 1960, 1961 and 1964 seasons. He had a career year in 1964, earning Lion MVP honors, catching 45 passes for 605 yards and 8 touchdowns.[1]

As of 2009, Gibbons ranks seventh on the Lions' all-time reception list with 287 receptions, 3,561 yards and 20 touchdowns. Selected to three Pro Bowls, Gibbons's career highlight may have come during the legendary 1960 game versus the Baltimore Colts in Baltimore. He scored on a 65-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Earl Morrall as time expired. It was the game's third lead-change in the last 15 seconds of play and gave the Lions a 20–15 victory.[2]


  1. "Lions History: Top 100". Local Website. Retrieved 4 December 2006.  Biographical information on Jim Gibbons
  2. "Detroit Lions Site: Jim Gibbons". Local Website. Retrieved 4 December 2006.  Statistical information on Jim Gibbons

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