Jimmy Sidle
No. 24
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born:(1942-02-07)February 7, 1942
Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
Died:November 14, 1999(1999-11-14) (aged 57)
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Birmingham (AL) Banks
NFL draft:1965 / Round: 4 / Pick: 47
AFL draft:1965 / Round: 9 / Pick: 68
(by the New York Jets)[1]
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:6
Player stats at PFR

James Corbin Sidle (February 7, 1942 – November 14, 1999) was a professional American football running back in the National Football League (NFL) for the Atlanta Falcons. He played college football at Auburn University and was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the 4th round (47th overall) of the 1965 NFL Draft.

Early years

Sidle attended Sylacauga High School, before transferring after his sophomore season to L. Frazier Banks High School, where as a quarterback he received All-State and All-American honors. He also practiced basketball and won the state championship in the hurdles.

He accepted a football scholarship from Auburn University, where the team employed a run oriented offense. In 1963, as the starting quarterback he finished second in the nation in rushing behind Dave Casinelli and was named first-team All-American, after leading his team to a No. 5 ranking (9-1 record) and losing 7-13 to Nebraska in the 1964 Orange Bowl.[2][3] He registered 1,006 rushing yards, 10 rushing touchdowns, 706 passing yards and 5 passing touchdowns.[4]

Although he was a quarterback, he still was featured on the cover of the September 21, 1964 edition of the Sports Illustrated magazine, under the title: "The Year of the Running Back". That year his team was one of the favorites to win the National Championship, but he tore the rotator cuff in his right shoulder in the season opener, playing against the University of Houston. He still played in all 10 games that season after being switched to halfback, but the team finished with a 6-4 record. He posted 303 rushing yards, 2 rushing touchdowns, 262 passing yards, 54 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown.

In 1999, he was inducted into Auburn's Tiger Trail, a walk of fame honoring former school greats. In 2002, he was inducted in the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.

Professional career

Dallas Cowboys

Sidle was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round (47th overall) of the 1965 NFL Draft and by the New York Jets in the ninth round (68th overall) of the 1965 AFL Draft. He signed with the Cowboys and was switched to fullback, but he was lost for the year in training camp, after re-injuring in July the same shoulder he hurt in college. His rights were sold to the expansion team Atlanta Falcons on August 31, 1966.[5]

Atlanta Falcons

In 1966, the Atlanta Falcons first used him at running back, before switching him to tight end. He was waived on September 11 and signed to the taxi squad. He was promoted to the active roster on October 7.[6]

BC Lions (CFL)

In 1967, he signed with the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League, where he played as a tight end for 2 seasons.

Personal life

Sidle died of heart failure on November 14, 1999, after being hospitalized with pneumonia.[7]


  1. ^ "1965 AFL Draft". Archived from the original on February 25, 2017. Retrieved March 23, 2023.
  2. ^ "Orange Bowl Opponents Feature Ground Attacks". Archived from the original on August 20, 2023. Retrieved September 10, 2022.
  3. ^ "Staubach And Two Other Quarterbacks, Loth Ridge And Sidle, In All-America Backfield". Archived from the original on August 20, 2023. Retrieved September 10, 2022.
  4. ^ "Surprise Element Gone, But Auburn Is Still Rugged". Retrieved September 10, 2022.
  5. ^ "Falcons Buy Jimmy Sidle From Dallas". Archived from the original on May 2, 2016. Retrieved September 10, 2022.
  6. ^ "Falcons Promote Sidle, Sherlag". Archived from the original on April 26, 2016. Retrieved September 10, 2022.
  7. ^ "Jimmy Sidle". Archived from the original on April 29, 2016. Retrieved September 10, 2022.