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Jim Youngblood


James Lee Youngblood

Inducted 1996

Date of Birth



Union, SC


Tennessee Tech University (1969-1972)


Jim Youngblood was an all-around athlete in high school at Jonesville, South Carolina. He was all-conference in football, basketball and baseball. His ability was a family heritage. His father was a standout semi-pro baseball player, and his mother was a star basketball player in high school in Jonesville. Jim Youngblood was a linebacker at Tennessee Tech 1969-72 and set a school record with 476 tackles. The Ohio Valley Conference named him Defensive Player of the Year in 1971 and 1972. Tennessee Tech retired his jersey, No 53. He made All-America teams at the college-division level in 1971 and 1972. Youngblood, who was 6-3 in height and weighed 235, was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams. He played 11 years with the Rams and one year with the Washington Redskins.


Height 6'3

Weight 235

Career Highlights

  • 1972 All Conference
  • 1972 Conference MVP
  • 1972 First Team All-America (College Div.)
  • 1971 All-Conference
  • 1971 Conference MVP
  • 1971 First Team All-America (College Div.)
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