Jim Wulff
No. 32     
Defensive back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1936-03-22)March 22, 1936
Place of birth: Chicago, Illinois
Date of death: February 19, 2000(2000-02-19) (aged 63)
Place of death: Traverse City, Michigan
Career information
College: Michigan State
NFL Draft: 1958 / Round: 6 / Pick: 72
(by the Cleveland Browns)
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Washington Redskins ( 1960 1961)
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Games played     17
Interceptions     3
Stats at
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James Francis Wulff (March 22, 1936 – February 19, 2000) was an American football defensive back and halfback in the National Football League (NFL) for the Washington Redskins. He played college football at Michigan State University.

Early lifeEdit

Wulff was born in Chicago, Illinois to the late James and Frances (Huber) Wulff.[1] He attended St. George High School in Evanston, Illinois, where he played football and basketball.[2] In 1993, Wulff was inducted into the Chicago Catholic League Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame.[1][2][3]

College careerEdit

Wulff attended and played college football at Michigan State University. He played in the 1956 Rose Bowl, in which Michigan State Spartans defeated the UCLA Bruins, 17–14.[2] He graduated in 1958.

Professional careerEdit

Wulff was drafted in the sixth round (72nd overall) of the 1958 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He was then traded to the Washington Redskins for a tenth round pick in the 1961 NFL Draft.[4] He played for the Redskins in 1960 and 1961, before retiring with a knee injury.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

After retiring from professional football, Wulff moved from Washington, D.C. to St. Charles, Illinois and opened Jim Wulff Chevrolet, which operated for nine years.[2] He then moved to Michigan, where he purchased and operated the Elk River Motel in Elk Rapids, Michigan.[1] He was married to Mary Kay Georgen, with two children( Susan Wulff and Cathy Wulff Merz), and died on February 19, 2000 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, Michigan.[1][2]

Wulff served in the National Guard of the United States.[1]


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