Jim Champion
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1926-01-11) January 11, 1926 (age 94)
Place of birth: Tillatoba, Mississippi
Career information
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
Career highlights and awards
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James Henry Champion (born January 11, 1926 in Tillatoba, Mississippi) is a retired American and Canadian Football player and coach.

A graduate of Mississippi State, Champion spent two seasons as a linebacker and offensive and defensive tackle for the New York Yanks of the National Football League.[1]

After his playing career, Champion became head football coach Greenwood High School in Greenwood, Mississippi.[2] After three seasons in Greenwood, he returned to Mississippi State as line coach.[3]

From 1962–65, Champion was a defensive coach with the BC Lions. After spending one season as an assistant with the St. Louis Cardinals, he returned to the Lions, this time as head coach.[3] Champion was fired during the 1969 season after a 1–9 start.[4]

Following his dismissal, Champion served as an assistant with the New Orleans Saints, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Jets, and Atlanta Falcons before his retirement after the 1979 season.[5] He returned to coaching on an interim basis in 1980 after the resignation of Green Bay Packers defensive line coach Fred von Appen. Champion spent the rest of the season with the Packers, but was not brought back for the 1981 season.[6]

Coaching recordEdit

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
WonLostTiesWin %Finish Won Lost Result
BC1967 381.2735th in West Division 0 0 Missed playoffs
BC1968 4111.2674th in West Division 0 0 Missed playoffs
BC1969 190.1005th in West Division 0 0 Fired
Total 8282.22200


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