"Indian" Jack Jacobs
No. 27
Born:(1919-08-07)August 7, 1919
Holdenville, Oklahoma
Died:January 12, 1974(1974-01-12) (aged 54)
Greensboro, North Carolina
Career information
Position(s)Quarterback
Halfback
CollegeOklahoma
High schoolMuskogee (Muskogee, Oklahoma)
NFL draft1942 / Round: 2 / Pick: 12
Career history
As coach
1956-1957London Lords
1963Edmonton Eskimos (Backfield Coach)
As player
1942 & 1945Cleveland Rams
1946Washington Redskins
1947–1949Green Bay Packers
1950–1954Winnipeg Blue Bombers (WIFU)
1956London Lords
1964Toledo Tornadoes
Career highlights and awards
CFL All Star - 1950, 1951, 1952
Jeff Nicklin Memorial Trophy - 1952
Career stats

Jack Jacobs (August 7, 1919 – January 12, 1974), nicknamed "Indian Jack", was an American and Canadian football player in the National Football League and Western Interprovincial Football Union. He was a charter member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, inducted in 1963.

Early life

Jacobs was born in Holdenville, Oklahoma, and played high school football at Muskogee High School. He was popularly known as "Indian Jack" because he was a Creek man.

College career

Jacobs played college football at the University of Oklahoma. Considered a phenomenal all-round player, Jack started at both quarterback and punter, where he averaged 47.84 yards per kick in 1940 (which remains an OU record) and finished his collegiate career with a career average of 42.10. Jacobs accumulated the most offense yardage in 1940/1941 (junior & senior years). As a defensive back, Jacobs is tied with seven other players for the record number of interceptions in a game (3) (1941 OU vs. Marquette).

Professional career

National Football League

Jacobs was drafted in the second round of the 1942 NFL Draft. He played quarterback, defensive back, tailback, halfback, punter in the National Football League with the Cleveland Rams in 1942 and 1945 (serving in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War Two), the Washington Redskins in 1946 and the Green Bay Packers from 1947 to 1949.[1] he led the league in punting in 1947.[2]

Western Interprovincial Football Union

Jacobs then joined the Western Interprovincial Football Union as a quarterback for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1950–1954), for whom he won the Jeff Nicklin Memorial Trophy in 1952. Though Jacobs did not invent the forward pass, he is widely recognized as one of the key figures in making the forward pass an integral part of professional football.[3] His exciting passing game drew thousands of fans to Blue Bombers games, instigating the need for the city to build a larger stadium, Winnipeg Stadium (later called Canad Inns Stadium).[4]

As a Blue Bomber, Jacobs completed 709 of 1,330 passes for 11,094 yards, at that time the all-time leading passer for the Western Interprovincial Football Union. In 1951, he became the first professional football player to throw for 3,000 yards in a season with 3,248. He was also the first player to throw for more than 30 touchdowns with 33. The next season Jacobs threw 34 touchdowns and amassed 2,586 yards. Jacobs had 104 touchdown passes to only 53 interceptions.

With Jacobs as their starting quarterback, the Bombers compiled a record of 46 wins, 27 losses, and three ties. They lost the Grey Cup in 1950 to the Toronto Argonauts (13-0) and again in 1953 to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (12-6).

Winnipeg Stadium, built in 1953, was nicknamed "The House That Jack Built" because of Jacobs' contribution to the success of the team.

Jacobs was twice a Grey Cup finalist, was named the all-western quarterback twice, and was one of the original inductees to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in June 1963. He was also inducted into the American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame in 1977, the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in 2002, and the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in 2004. Several records he set while at the University of Oklahoma still stand.

Other pro football

Jacobs asked for his outright release from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in February 1956.[5] After being waived out of the WIFU, Jacobs signed a contract with the London Lords (ORFU) as the head coach. Jacobs also played most of the season for the Lords.[6]

In 1957, Jacobs added the role of general manager to his duties with the London Lords. Jacobs played in one exhibition game in 1957.[7]

After serving as an assistant coach in the CFL, Jacobs returned to the field as a player in 1964. Jacobs suited up for the Toledo Tornadoes (United Football League) and saw action primarily as a punter although he did see some action at quarterback as well.

Jacobs put on the pads for one final game on July 18, 1966, dressing for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in an exhibition game.[8]

Career regular season statistics

Statistics Passing Punting Interceptions
Year Team GP Att Com % Yds TD Int Lg # Yds Ave. Lg S No Yds Ave. Lg TD
1942 Cleveland Rams 8 93 43 46.2 640 6 6 67 33 1395 42.3 66 4 22 5.5 22 0
1943 Military Service
1944 Military Service
1945 Cleveland Rams 2 5 3 60.0 12 0 0 11 1 43 43.0 43 - - - - -
1946 Washington Redskins 9 12 5 41.7 98 0 2 35 10 428 42.8 61 2 56 28.0 42 0
1947 Green Bay Packers 12 242 108 44.6 1615 16 17 69 57 2481 43.5 74 4 64 16.0 29 0
1948 Green Bay Packers 12 184 82 44.6 848 5 21 64 69 2782 40.3 78 - - - - -
1949 Green Bay Packers 12 16 3 18.8 55 0 3 39 17 757 44.5 58 2 26 13.0 26 0
1950 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 12 187 85 45.5 1604 14 8 94 3772 40.1 70 18 - - - - -
1951 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 14 355 204 57.5 3248 33 10 100 95 3900 41.1 0 10 - - - - -
1952 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 16 286 147 51.4 2586 34 12 103 4522 43.9 88 13 3 15 5.0 10 0
1953 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 16 252 146 57.9 1924 11 10 112 4440 39.6 80 6 1 0 0.0 0 0
1954 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 16 250 127 50.8 1732 12 13 114 4614 40.5 82 8 - - - - -
CFL Totals 1330 709 53.3 11094 104 53 100 518 21248 41.0 88 55 4 15 3.8 10 0
NFL Totals 552 244 44.2 3268 27 49 69 187 7886 42.2 78 12 168 14.0 42 0
Totals 1882 953 50.6 14362 131 102 100 705 29134 41.3 88 55 16 183 11.4 42 0

Post football

In 1955, Jacobs was a scout for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and later, was a coach for the London Lords of the Ontario Rugby Football Union (ORFU) for two seasons. He also worked as an assistant coach for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Montreal Alouettes and the Edmonton Eskimos.

Jacobs was also an actor who played a professional football player in the 1948 movie, Triple Threat. Jacobs died in 1974 in Greensboro, North Carolina from a sudden heart attack.

References

  1. ^ see http://www.packers.com/news-and-events/article-1/Letters-To-Lee-Remmel/94cefa36-5aa4-11df-a3b6-528cc843f916
  2. ^ Also see (http://www.nfl.com/players/jackjacobs/careerstats?id=JAC740296).
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2005-12-11. Retrieved 2006-06-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 18, 2011. Retrieved September 27, 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=GSdUAAAAIBAJ&sjid=ODoNAAAAIBAJ&dq=jack-jacobs&pg=5762%2C4492239
  6. ^ https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=kz1kAAAAIBAJ&sjid=FHwNAAAAIBAJ&dq=jack-jacobs&pg=7210%2C3060884
  7. ^ https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=qSU_AAAAIBAJ&sjid=FFAMAAAAIBAJ&dq=jack-jacobs&pg=3791%2C4322479
  8. ^ https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=YcgyAAAAIBAJ&sjid=4-wFAAAAIBAJ&dq=jack-jacobs&pg=1165%2C1056480
  9. ^ Jack Jacob's professional football statistics