American Football Database
Jim Leonard
Blocking back/fullback[1]
Personal information
Date of birth: (1910-02-14)February 14, 1910
Place of birth: Pedricktown in Oldmans Township, New Jersey
Date of death: November 28, 1993(1993-11-28) (aged 83)
Place of death: Woodbury, New Jersey
Career information
College: Notre Dame
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
 As player:
* Philadelphia Eagles (1934–1937)
 As coach:
* Saint Francis (PA) (1938–1941) (head coach)
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A

James Raymond Leonard Sr. (February 14, 1910 – November 28, 1993) was an American football running back in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles, as well as the head coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1945.

Leonard was a two sport star at the University of Notre Dame during the 1930s, both as a pitcher in baseball and a fullback in football. After Notre Dame he played for the Philadelphia Eagles for three seasons and was team captain in 1935 and 1936. He left the Eagles to restart the football program at Saint Francis College in Loretto, Pennsylvania in 1937.

In 1942 he joined the NFL again as a staff coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers, then served as an assistant at the College of the Holy Cross in 1943 before returning to the Steelers as head coach during the 1945 campaign. In 1947 he restarted the football program at Saint Francis College in Loretto, Pennsylvania. It was stopped because of World War II. He finished his career as the head coach of Villanova University from 1949 to 1950.

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs AP#
Saint Francis Red Flash (Independent) (1938–1941)
1938 Saint Francis 1–6
1939 Saint Francis 0–7–1
1940 Saint Francis 6–2
1941 Saint Francis 6–0–1
Saint Francis Red Flash (Independent) (1947)
1947 Saint Francis 4–1
Saint Francis: 17–16–2
Villanova Wildcats (Independent) (1949–1950)
1949 Villanova 8–1 13
1950 Villanova 4–5
Villanova: 12–6
Total: 29–22–2
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game. #Rankings from final AP Poll.


  1. "Jim Leonard". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved August 15, 2012.

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