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Jim Pace
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Pace, c. 1957
Personal information
Date of birth: (1936-01-01)January 1, 1936
Date of death: March 4, 1983(1983-03-04) (aged 47)
Career information
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 1958 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8
Debuted in 1958 for the [[{{{debutteam}}}]]
Last played in 1958 for the [[{{{finalteam}}}]]
Career history
San Francisco 49ers (1958)
Career highlights and awards
Chicago Tribune Silver Football
Rushes     52
Yards     161
Touchdowns     2
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James Edward Pace (January 1, 1936 – March 4, 1983) was an American running back in the National Football League. He was also an All-American halfback who played for the University of Michigan Wolverines teams from 1955 to 1957.


Although he was born in Little Rock, Arkansas,[1] Pace was raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan.[2] He played sandlot football with Terry Barr.[2] In high school, Pace was a football and track star from 1950 to 1954. In track he ran a time of a 9.6 seconds in the 100 yard dash at Dunbar High School.[3]


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Pace stiff-arms Ollie Lindborg of Northwestern, 1955

Pace was named the Most Valuable Player on the Michigan Wolverines in 1957,[4] and he was awarded the Chicago Tribune Silver Football as the Most Valuable Player in the Big Ten Conference.[5] He also ran track at Michigan and won the Big Ten 60-yard indoor dash title.[2] In 1957, he scored ten touchdowns: seven rushing, two receiving, and one punt return. He accumulated almost 800 yards of total offense in 1957 (664 rushing, 122 receiving and 98 on punt returns) and averaged 5.4 yards per carry rushing.[2] In the 1957 Michigan-Ohio State game, Pace rushed for 164 yards and caught a 14-yard pass,[6] which was at that time the Michigan record for rushing yards against Ohio State. Pace played in the 1957 East–West Shrine Game.[3] Pace was one of the first African American football stars at the University of Michigan.

Professional career

Pace was the eighth pick in the first round of the 1958 NFL Draft.[7] but played just one season for the San Francisco 49ers. He later played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League before retiring in 1963.[3]

After retiring from football, Pace was an AFL administrative assistant from 1964–66, an Oakland football scout, an actor in TV commercials and a school administrator in Los Angeles.[3] He died at age 47 in Culver City, California.

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