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Jimmy Patton
File:Patton 1961 Topps.jpg
Patton on a 1961 trading card
No. 20
Personal information
Born:(1933-09-29)September 29, 1933
Greenville, Mississippi
Died:December 22, 1972(1972-12-22) (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
* New York Giants (1955)
Career highlights and awards
* NFL champion (1956)
Career NFL statistics
Interception yards:712
Int. touchdowns:2
Return touchdowns:2
Player stats at

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.[1] Patton played college football at the University of Mississippi and was drafted in the eighth round of the 1955 NFL Draft.[2]

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.[3] He was driving to Virginia to see his sister who was dying of cancer as reported by his sons.


  1. "Jimmy Patton Stats". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 8, 2017.
  2. Riffenburgh, Beau (1986). The Official NFL Encyclopedia, 4th Edition. New American Library Books. pp. 394–5. ISBN 0-453-00524-1.
  3. "Jimmy Patton, 39; Ex-Star of Giants". The New York Times. Associated Press: p. 42. December 27, 1972. Retrieved March 8, 2017.

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