Jacky Lee
Jack Lee 1961.jpg
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Personal information
Born:(1938-07-11)July 11, 1938
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Died:May 2, 2016(2016-05-02) (aged 77)
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:189 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school:Akron (OH) Ellet
NFL Draft:1960 / Round: 6 / Pick: 61
AFL Draft:1960 / Round: 1
Pick: First Selections
(by the Houston Oilers)
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Passing yards:6,191
Completion percentage:51.3
Passer rating:65.6
Rushing yards:3,674
Games played:100
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Jack Ross "Jacky" Lee (July 11, 1938 – May 2, 2016) was an American quarterback who played professional football in the American Football League for all ten of its seasons (1960–1969). After playing football, baseball, and basketball at Ellet High School in Akron, Ohio, he played college football at the University of Cincinnati. In 1958–1959, Jacky Lee was the team MVP and an All Conference Quarterback. In 1960, he was MVP of the Senior Bowl.

NFL career

In 1960, he was the first quarterback ever drafted by the American Football League's Houston Oilers, where he split time with George Blanda in the Oilers' 1960 and 1961 AFL Championship seasons. In 1961, Lee threw for 457 yards against the Boston Patriots, then an AFL record, and set another league record with a 98-yard touchdown to Willard Dewveall against the Chargers. Lee and Blanda combined to throw 38 touchdowns for the Oilers in 1961. Lee played in every game for the Oilers from 1961 to 1963.

In 1964, he was the first and only player to ever be "lend-leased" to another team. He was loaned to the Denver Broncos and returned to the Oilers two years later. While in Denver, Lee threw for 370 yards in one half against the Oakland Raiders.

In 1967, Lee was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs after four games. He spent most of his last three years as the back-up to Len Dawson with the Chiefs. He was part of the 1969 AFL and World Championship (Super Bowl IV) winning team.

He was one of only twenty men who played in each of the ten years of the AFL's existence.

After football

Lee retired in 1970 after a shoulder injury. He went on to have a successful career in commercial real estate in Houston.[1]

Lee died on May 2, 2016, due to complications from Alzheimer's disease.[2]

See also


  1. ^ Koch, Bill (6 May 2016). "KOCH: Jacky Lee Was Always A Bearcat First". Cincinnati Bearcats. Archived from the original on 16 February 2017. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  2. ^ Nicki Jhabvala The Denver Post (7 May 2016). "Jacky Lee, former Broncos QB, dies at age 77". denverpost.com. Retrieved 7 May 2016.