American Football Database
Jim Youngblood
Date of birth: (1950-02-23) February 23, 1950 (age 72)
Place of birth: Union, South Carolina
Career information
Position(s): Linebacker
College: Tennessee Tech
NFL Draft: 1973 / Round: 2 / Pick: 42
 As player:
Los Angeles Rams
Washington Redskins
Career highlights and awards
Pro Bowls: 1979
Awards: 1978 Rams MVP
Retired #s: 53 (Tennessee Tech)
Playing stats at
College Football Hall of Fame

Jimmy Lee Youngblood (born February 23, 1950) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Los Angeles Rams and Washington Redskins. He played college football at Tennessee Tech and was drafted in the second round of the 1973 NFL Draft.[1]

Early life

Youngblood was born in Union, South Carolina.[2] He attended Jonesville High School in Jonesville, South Carolina, where he was all-conference in football, basketball, and baseball.[3]

College career

Youngblood attended Tennessee Technological University from 1969–72,[4] and set a school record with 476 tackles.[3] The Ohio Valley Conference named him Defensive Player of the Year in 1971 and 1972. He made All-America teams at the college-division level in 1971 and was a First-team All-American in 1972.[3]

Professional career

Youngblood played in the NFL for twelve seasons. He became the Rams' starting left-side linebacker during the 1976 season. Youngblood was part of one of the steadiest linebacking corps in the NFL, with Jack Reynolds in the middle and Isiah Robertson and Bob Brudzinski patrolling the right side. Youngblood had a nose for the football, recording 14 career interceptions and returning four touchdowns, two in the 1979 season.


Youngbood's father was a standout semi-pro baseball player, and his mother was a star basketball player in high school in Jonesville.[3] Contrary to common belief he is not related to former teammate and NFL Hall of Fame member Jack Youngblood.


  1. "Jim Youngblood". Retrieved September 6, 2012.
  2. "Jim Youngblood". NFL Enterprises LLC. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Jim Youngblood's College HOF Profile". College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2008-01-15.
  4. "Jim Youngblood". Retrieved September 6, 2012.

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Preceded by
Lawrence McCutcheon
Rams Most Valuable Player Award
Succeeded by
Jack Youngblood