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Jimmy Lee Youngblood (born February 23, 1950) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for the Los Angeles Rams and Washington Redskins. He played college football at Tennessee Tech and was drafted in the second round of the 1973 NFL Draft.[1]

Jim Youngblood
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Personal information
Born: (1950-02-23) February 23, 1950 (age 69)
Union, South Carolina
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
College:Tennessee Tech
NFL Draft:1973 / Round: 2 / Pick: 42
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games Played:156
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR


Early lifeEdit

Youngblood was born in Union, South Carolina.[2] He attended Jonesville High School in Jonesville, South Carolina, where he was all-conference in football, basketball, and baseball.[3]

College careerEdit

Youngblood attended Tennessee Technological University from 1969–72,[4] and set a school record with 476 tackles.[3] The Ohio Valley Conference named him Defensive Player of the Year in 1971 and 1972. He made All-America teams at the college-division level in 1971 and was a First-team All-American in 1972.[3]

Professional careerEdit

Youngblood played in the NFL for twelve seasons. He became the Rams' starting left-side linebacker during the 1976 season. Youngblood was part of one of the steadiest linebacking corps in the NFL, with Jack Reynolds in the middle and Isiah Robertson and Bob Brudzinski patrolling the right side. Youngblood had a nose for the football, recording 14 career interceptions and returning four touchdowns, two in the 1979 season.

Personal lifeEdit

Youngblood's father was a standout semi-pro baseball player, and his mother was a star basketball player in high school in Jonesville.[3] Contrary to common belief he is not related to former teammate and Pro Football Hall of Fame member Jack Youngblood. However, since both Youngbloods had first names beginning with the same letter, the Rams had to include the entire names of both players on the back of their jerseys. Since their last names were so long, neither Jack nor Jim's first names could fit in the same line as their surnames, so the Rams simply put their first names above their last names when they ordered the jerseys.


  1. ^ "Jim Youngblood". Retrieved September 6, 2012.
  2. ^ "Jim Youngblood". NFL Enterprises LLC. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d "Jim Youngblood's College HOF Profile". College Football Hall of Fame. Football Foundation. Retrieved 2008-01-15.
  4. ^ "Jim Youngblood". Archived from the original on October 20, 2012. Retrieved September 6, 2012.

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Preceded by
Lawrence McCutcheon
Rams Most Valuable Player Award
Succeeded by
Jack Youngblood