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Jim Swink


James Edward Swink

Inducted 1980

Date of Birth



Sacul, TX


Texas Christian University (1954-1956)


One of the greatest ball carriers in the history of Southwest Conference football, Jim Swink was the nation's leading scorer and second-leading ground gainer as a junior in 1955. He totaled 125 points that year in addition to rushing for 1,283-yards, a figure which set a record in the TCU record books. His greatest performance came during the 1955 campaign when he gained an incredible 235 yards rushing on just 15 carries, for a 15.7 yard per carry average, and scored a school-record 26 points while leading the Horned Frogs to a 47-20 rout over rival Texas. A two-time, first-team All-America, Jim Swink led TCU to Cotton Bowl appearances in 1955 and 1956. In 1955, Swink was second to Howard Cassady of Ohio State in the Heisman Trophy voting. He completed studies in medical school and became an outstanding surgeon, with a practice in Fort Worth. In 1982 the NCAA gave him its Silver Anniversary Award, presented to former athletes for career achievements 25 years after their graduation.


Height 6'1

Weight 180

Career Highlights

  • 1956 Academic All-America
  • 1956 All-Conference
  • 1956 First Team All-America
  • 1955 Academic All-America
  • 1955 All-Conference
  • 1955 Heisman - Second
  • 1955 Led nation in all-purpose yards
  • 1955 Led nation in scoring
  • 1955 Unanimous All-America
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