Jim Gibbons (American football)

Jim Gibbons
No. 80

Gibbons from 1958 Hawkeye
Date of birth (1936-09-26)September 26, 1936
Place of birth Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Date of death August 20, 2016(2016-08-20) (aged 79)
Place of death Encinitas, California, U.S.
Career information
Position(s) Tight end
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg)
College Iowa
NFL draft 1958 / Round: 6 / Pick 61
(By the Cleveland Browns)
Career history
As player
1958–1968 Detroit Lions
Career highlights and awards
Pro Bowls 3
Career stats
Receptions 257
Receiving yards 3,561
Receiving TDs 20

James Edwin "Jim" Gibbons (September 26, 1936 – August 20, 2016) was an 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.

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]

He died on August 20, 2016 at the age of 79.[3]


  1. "Lions History: Top 100". Local Website. Retrieved December 4, 2006. Biographical information on Jim Gibbons
  2. "Detroit Lions Site: Jim Gibbons". Local Website. Retrieved December 4, 2006. Statistical information on Jim Gibbons
  3. Ex-Lions tight end Jim Gibbons dies at 79

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