|No. 78, 68, 77|
|Born:||September 11, 1938|
|Died:||September 26, 2014 (aged 76)|
Fountain Valley, California
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight:||255 lb (116 kg)|
|High school:||Cuyahoga Falls (OH)|
|NFL Draft:||1960 / Round: 19 / Pick: 217|
|AFL draft:||1960 / Round: Second Selections|
(by the Boston Patriots)
|Career highlights and awards
|Career NFL statistics|
James Frederick Boeke (September 11, 1938 – September 26, 2014) was an American football offensive tackle in the National Football League for the Los Angeles Rams, Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints. He played college football at Heidelberg College.
Boeke was born in Akron, Ohio. He attended Cuyahoga Falls High School where he practiced football and track. He accepted a football scholarship from Heidelberg College, establishing himself as a two-way tackle in football and also lettering in track.
In 1985, he was inducted as a charter member of the Heidelberg University Athletic Hall of Fame. In 2008, he was inducted into the Summit County Sports Hall of Fame.
Los Angeles Rams
In 1964, he was acquired because the team needed offensive line depth after a rash of injuries. He started 7 games, including 4 at left tackle, replacing Tony Liscio who was placed on the injured reserve list.
The next year, he became the regular starter at left tackle after Liscio couldn't return from his right knee injury. In 1966, he started 10 games before missing time with a knee injury and being eventually replaced by Liscio.
His most famous play occurred near the end of the 1966 NFL Championship Game, with the team trailing the Green Bay Packers by a touchdown, the Cowboys had a first down on the Packers' 2-yard line, when Boeke was flagged for a false start, Dallas failed to score after Don Meredith threw an interception on fourth down. The Packers went on to beat the Kansas City Chiefs in the inaugural AFL-NFL championship game, now called the first Super Bowl.
From 1960 until 1966, he registered a streak of 92 consecutive games played. In 1967, he could not regain his starting position and was the backup to Liscio. His last game with the Cowboys was the 1967 NFL Championship Game known as the "Ice Bowl". On August 28, 1968, he was traded to the New Orleans Saints in exchange for linebacker Jackie Burkett.
New Orleans Saints
The Detroit Lions acquired Boeke to compete for the right tackle position that was vacated by the retirement of Charlie Bradshaw. On July 28, 1969, he was traded to the Washington Redskins in exchange for a draft pick.
In the off-season, he worked as a physical education teacher. During his playing days in Los Angeles, Boeke worked as a bodyguard for the Nelson family (of Ozzie and Harriet fame), and went on to work for Ricky Nelson.
Following his playing days, Boeke utilized his Hollywood connections and appeared in bit parts in TV (Newhart, MASH, Coach and many others) and movies (North Dallas Forty, Forrest Gump et al.) for many years. Boeke continued to live in the Southern California area as a teacher and high school football coach at Westminster High School. On September 26, 2014, he died from acute leukemia.
|1978||Heaven Can Wait||Kowalsky|
|1979||North Dallas Forty||Stallings|
|1981||Under the Rainbow||Hangman|
|1981||Escape from DS-3|
|1986||In the Shadow of Kilimanjaro||Gagnon|
|1989||Kill Me Again||Javonovitch|
|1991||Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country||First Klingon general|
|1994||Forrest Gump||University of Alabama Assistant Football Coach||Uncredited|
|2003||A Man Apart||Bad Cop||(final film role)|
- "Hallas Pessimistic". https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1368&dat=19640820&id=RmtQAAAAIBAJ&sjid=6xAEAAAAIBAJ&pg=6047,2576994&hl=es. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
- "Suit Against Tackle Still Tangled". https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1774&dat=19661108&id=k5scAAAAIBAJ&sjid=0mUEAAAAIBAJ&pg=2811,2733742&hl=es. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
- "Jurgensen Skins' Hope Against Stubborn Lions". https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1350&dat=19680829&id=TvFOAAAAIBAJ&sjid=nQEEAAAAIBAJ&pg=3013,6936014&hl=es. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
- "Veterans Swapped In Pro Football Deal". https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1734&dat=19690718&id=sHEcAAAAIBAJ&sjid=T1EEAAAAIBAJ&pg=3444,1971468&hl=es. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
- "Plenty of Gridders Hear 'Knock at Door'". https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1298&dat=19690729&id=jcpNAAAAIBAJ&sjid=K4oDAAAAIBAJ&pg=761,3145854&hl=es. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
- "Redskins Sign Tackle Boeke". https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1298&dat=19690906&id=OfRNAAAAIBAJ&sjid=sYoDAAAAIBAJ&pg=2063,633389&hl=es. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
- "Boeke Obituary". http://obits.ocregister.com/obituaries/orangecounty/obituary.aspx?n=james-frederick-boeke&pid=172630925&fhid=20239. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
- Heidelberg University Athletic Hall of Fame bio
- Summit County Sports Hall of Fame bio
- Jim Boeke at Find a Grave
- Jim Boeke at the Internet Movie Database