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Patton on a 1961 trading card No. 20 Position: Safety Personal information Born: September 29, 1933 Greenville, Mississippi Died: December 22, 1972 (aged 39) Villa Rica, Georgia Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Weight: 183 lb (83 kg) Career information High school: Greenville (MS) E. E. Bass College: Ole Miss NFL Draft: 1955 / Round: 8 / Pick: 92 Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Interceptions: 52 Interception yards: 712 Int. touchdowns: 2 Return touchdowns: 2
Player stats at NFL.com
James Russell Patton (born September 29, 1933 – December 22, 1972) was an American football defensive back in the National Football League (NFL) for the New York Giants. He was a five-time Pro Bowl selection and five-time first-team All-Pro. Patton played  college football at the University of Mississippi and was drafted in the eighth round of the 1955 NFL Draft.
On December 22, 1972, Patton was killed in an automobile accident near
Villa Rica, Georgia. He was driving alone in his car when he was struck by an oncoming vehicle while attempted to pass another car. He was driving to  Virginia to see his sister who was dying of cancer as reported by his sons.
"Jimmy Patton Stats". Sports Reference LLC . https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/P/PattJi00.htm . Retrieved March 8, 2017.
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"Jimmy Patton, 39; Ex-Star of Giants". The New York Times. Associated Press: p. 42. December 27, 1972 . https://www.nytimes.com/1972/12/27/archives/jimmy-patton-39-exstar-of-gialqt-t-safetyman-who-retired-in-67i.html?_r=0 . Retrieved March 8, 2017. Template:NFL season interception leaders