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American Football Database
Jim Boeke
No. 78, 68, 77
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born:(1938-09-11)September 11, 1938
Akron, Ohio
Died:September 26, 2014(2014-09-26) (aged 76)
Fountain Valley, California
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
High school:Cuyahoga Falls (OH)
NFL Draft:1960 / Round: 19 / Pick: 217
AFL draft:1960 / Round: Second Selections
(by the Boston Patriots)
Career history
* Los Angeles Rams ( 1960 1963)
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
* All-OAC (1959)
Career NFL statistics
Games played:119
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

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.

Early years

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.

Professional career

Los Angeles Rams

Boeke was selected by the Los Angeles Rams in the nineteenth round (217th overall) of the 1960 NFL Draft. He was a backup offensive tackle. In 1963, he also played defensive tackle.

On August 19, 1964, he was traded to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for rookie running back Les Josephson.[1]

Dallas Cowboys

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.[2]

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.[3]

New Orleans Saints

Boeke played in 13 games with the New Orleans Saints during the 1968 season. On July 28, 1969, he was traded to the Detroit Lions in exchange for a draft choice.[4]

Detroit Lions

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.[5]

Washington Redskins

On September 5, 1969, he was signed by the Washington Redskins.[6] He was released on September 16.

Personal life

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.[7]


Year Title Role Notes
1978 Heaven Can Wait Kowalsky
1979 North Dallas Forty Stallings
1980 Alligator Shamsky
1981 Under the Rainbow Hangman
1981 Escape from DS-3
1982 Pandemonium Fletcher
1984 Fear City Architect
1986 In the Shadow of Kilimanjaro Gagnon
1987 The Kindred Jackson
1987 Dragnet Nectar Pagan
1989 Kill Me Again Javonovitch
1990 Backstreet Dreams Burt
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)


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