Jim Fraser
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Fraser on his high school's baseball team
No. 55, 51
Position:Linebacker, Punter
Personal information
Born:May 29, 1936
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died:April 18, 2020(2020-04-18) (aged 83)
Lansdale, Pennsylvania
Career information
College:Wisconsin
NFL Draft:1959 / Round: 21 / Pick: 250
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:72
Games started:0
Interceptions:3
Player stats at NFL.com

James Gallagher Fraser (May 29, 1936 – April 18, 2020) was an American professional football linebacker and punter who played in the American Football League (AFL) and the National Football League (NFL). In the 1959 NFL draft, Fraser was selected in the 21st round (250th overall) by the Cleveland Browns. He played six seasons for the AFL's Denver Broncos (1962–1964), Kansas City Chiefs (1965), and Boston Patriots (1966) and the NFL's New Orleans Saints (1968).

Fraser led the AFL in average yards per punt with the Broncos from 1962–1964.[1][2][3]

Following his retirement, Fraser became a coach, serving at Cornell, Illinois, Trinity Valley School, and Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia. He spent 70 summers at Camp Tecumseh on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire as a camper, counselor, and coach.[4]

Fraser died from the coronavirus on April 18, 2020.[4]

References

  1. ^ "1962 AFL Punting Statistics | The Football Database". FootballDB.com. Retrieved 2020-08-09.
  2. ^ "1963 AFL Punting Statistics | The Football Database". FootballDB.com. Retrieved 2020-08-09.
  3. ^ "1964 AFL Punting Statistics | The Football Database". FootballDB.com. Retrieved 2020-08-09.
  4. ^ a b Joe Juliano (May 15, 2020). "James Fraser, 83, pro football player, lifetime camper". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2020-08-02.