Jim Lindsey
No. 21
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1944-11-24) November 24, 1944 (age 79)
Caldwell, Arkansas, U.S.
Career information
High school:Forrest City (AR)
NFL draft:1966 / Round: 2 / Pick: 27
AFL draft:1966 / Round: 2 / Pick: 17
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing attempts-yards:178-566
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

James Edgar Lindsey (born November 24, 1944) is an American former professional football player who was a running back for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL) from 1966 to 1972. Today he is a real estate agent and golf developer.


Arkansas Razorbacks Football

Lindsey was a member of the 1964 national championship-winning football team at the University of Arkansas, and founded Lindsey & Associates in Fayetteville, Arkansas in 1972. James Lindsey is a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity at the University of Arkansas - Xi Chapter. He completed a degree in mathematics.[1]

Lindsey was a member of the University of Arkansas board of trustees and was a central to many of the decisions made by the board, including the hiring of head football coach Houston Nutt in 1997 and the decision to continue to play football games at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Minnesota Vikings

Lindsey was a running back for the Vikings, most often used for punting and kickoff returns.[2] He played from 1966-1972.

Real Estate and Golf

As a 21-year-old, Lindsey used his $75,000 NFL signing bonus to purchase a tract of land in Northwest Arkansas, his starting point in buying and selling real estate, an occupation he pursued during his off-seasons, and which became his main occupation after retirement from football.[3] As of 2013, Lindsey's company owned more than 37,000 apartment units and 42 golf courses.[4]

Lindsey Golf courses are located in Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and Tennessee.[5] Courses range from 9-18 holes, with many of them featuring a links style design. These courses tend to fill a niche for affordable public golf courses, but that are maintained at country-club level standards.[6]

Documentary Film

In 2011, production began on a documentary film covering Lindsey's life. Narrated by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, "The Jim Lindsey Story" details Lindsey's youth in the Arkansas Delta, role during the 1964 championship season, time in the National Football League, and rise in real-estate. The film features interviews with College Football Hall of Fame coach Frank Broyles, former Arkansas head coach Ken Hatfield, former NFL players Fred Cox and Dave Osborn, and Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Bud Grant. Executive produced by Emmy Award winners Larry Foley and Dale Carpenter, the documentary is presented by the University of Arkansas's Walter J. Lemke Department of Journalism. "The Jim Lindsey Story" is scheduled for release in fall of 2013.[7][8]


  1. ^ 1969 Topps Football Card, reverse side "Jim has a degree in mathematics."
  2. ^ 1969 Topps Football Card, reverse side "This strong speedy running back is an important part of Minnesota's leading rushers. Jim is used on punting and kickoff returns. The former #2 draft pick can cut on a dime to pick up needed yardage. - Jim has a degree in mathematics."
  3. ^ "About".
  4. ^ "Jerry Jones narrates documentary film on former Razorback Jim Lindsey".
  5. ^ "| Apartments in Fayetteville, AR |".
  6. ^ "Lindsey Co. Faces Changing Market as Golf Course Demand Drops".
  7. ^ "The Jim Lindsey Story" official site. Retrieved on April 30, 2013.
  8. ^ "The Jim Lindsey Story (2013)." Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on April 30, 2013.