American Football Database
Jim Keane
No. 20, 81     
E / DE
Personal information
Date of birth: (1924-01-11)January 11, 1924
Place of birth: Bellaire, Ohio
Date of death: March 8, 2011(2011-03-08) (aged 87)
Place of death: Lake Forest, Illinois
Career information
College: Northwestern / Iowa
NFL Draft: 1945 / Round: 18 / Pick: 182
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Chicago Bears (1946–1951)
Career highlights and awards
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Receptions     224
Receiving yards     3,222
Touchdowns     24
Stats at

James Patrick Keane (January 11, 1924 – March 8, 2011) was a professional American football end in the National Football League (NFL). He played seven seasons for the Chicago Bears (1946–1951) and the Green Bay Packers (1952).

Keane, who was born in Bellaire, Ohio, remains the only player in Bears history to lead the team in receptions for four straight seasons, something he accomplished by catching a league-leading 64 passes in 1947, 30 in 1948, 47 in 1949 and 36 in 1950.

When he left the Bears following the 1951 season, Keane was the franchise’s all-time leader with 206 receptions and ranked second behind Ken Kavanaugh with 3,031 receiving yards.

Keane still holds the Bears record for most receptions in a game. He set the mark by catching 14 passes in a 35–28 road loss to the New York Giants on October 23, 1949.

Keane died on March 8, 2011 in Lake Forest, Illinois at the age of 87.