Jim Phillips (American football)

Jim Phillips
No. 82
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1936-02-05)February 5, 1936
Place of birth: Alexander City, Alabama
Date of death: March 25, 2015(2015-03-25) (aged 79)
Place of death: Auburn, Alabama
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 197 lb (89 kg)
Career information
College: Auburn
NFL Draft: 1958 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
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.[1]

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.[2]

Post NFL

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.[3]

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. [4]

Personal life

Phillips married "Mickey" Kennedy in 1957. They had three children: Jan, Jim Jr., and David.[5]

Phillips died on March 25, 2015 at Bethany House (Hospice) in Auburn.


  1. "Auburn All-American, NFL All-Pro Jimmy 'Red' Phillips dies". AL.com. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  2. Pro Football Reference http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/P/PhilJi00.htm. Retrieved 26 March 2015. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. "Community mourns loss of AU legend 'Red' Phillips". AlexCity Outlook.
  4. . AL dot Com http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2015/03/auburn_all-american_nfl_all-pr.html. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. Find A Grave http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=50674670. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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