Jim Pace

James Edward Pace (January 1, 1936 – March 4, 1983) was an American running back in the National Football League. He was also an All-American halfback who played for the University of Michigan Wolverines teams from 1955 to 1957.

Jim Pace
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Pace, c. 1957
Personal information
Born:January 1, 1936
Little Rock, Arkansas
Died:March 4, 2016 (aged 80)
Culver City, California
Career information
NFL Draft:1958 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8
Career history
San Francisco 49ers (1958)
Career highlights and awards
Chicago Tribune Silver Football
Career NFL statistics


Although he was born in Little Rock, Arkansas,[1] Pace was raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan.[2] He played sandlot football with Terry Barr.[2] In high school, Pace was a football and track star from 1950 to 1954. In track, he ran a time of a 9.6 seconds in the 100 yard dash at Dunbar High School.[3]


Jim Pace and Ollie Lindborg
Pace stiff-arms Ollie Lindborg of Northwestern, 1955

Pace attended the University of Michigan and played for the Michigan Wolverines football. He was named the Most Valuable Player on the Michigan football team.[4] He was also awarded the Chicago Tribune Silver Football as the Most Valuable Player in the Big Ten Conference.[5] He also ran track at Michigan and won the Big Ten 60-yard indoor dash title.[2] In 1957, he scored ten touchdowns: seven rushing, two receiving, and one punt return. He accumulated almost 800 yards of total offense in 1957 (664 rushing, 122 receiving and 98 on punt returns) and averaged 5.4 yards per carry rushing.[2] In the 1957 Michigan-Ohio State game, Pace rushed for 164 yards and caught a 14-yard pass,[6] which was at that time the Michigan record for rushing yards against Ohio State. Pace played in the 1957 East–West Shrine Game.[3] He was also selected by the Associated Press as a first-team player on the 1957 College Football All-America Team.[7]

Professional career

Pace was the eighth pick in the first round of the 1958 NFL Draft.[8] but played just one season for the San Francisco 49ers. He later played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League before retiring in 1963.[3]

After retiring from football, Pace was an AFL administrative assistant from 1964–66, an Oakland football scout, an actor in TV commercials and a school administrator in Los Angeles.[3] He died at age 47 in Culver City, California.

See also


  1. ^ "All-Time Player: James Pace". NFL Enterprises LLC. Retrieved 2007-11-27.
  2. ^ a b c d "University of Michigan Football All-American: James Pace". The Regents of the University of Michigan. 2007-02-10. Retrieved 2007-11-27.
  3. ^ a b c d "Jim Pace". Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. 2002. Retrieved 2007-11-27.
  4. ^ "1957 Football Team". The Regents of the University of Michigan. 2007-03-31. Retrieved 2007-11-27.
  5. ^ "Tribune Silver Football winners, 1924-2005". The Chicago Tribune. 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-27.
  6. ^ "Versus Ohio State November 23, 1957". Versus Ohio State November 23, 1957. 2003. Archived from the original on May 25, 2005. Retrieved 2007-11-27.
  7. ^ Bob Hoobnig (1955-12-02). "Swink On AP All-American". Abilene Reporter-News.
  8. ^ "1958 NFL Player Draft". databaseFootball.com. databaseSports.com. 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-10-15. Retrieved 2007-11-27.

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1956 Illinois Fighting Illini football team

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1956 Michigan Wolverines football team

The 1956 Michigan Wolverines football team was an American football team that represented the University of Michigan in the 1956 Big Ten Conference football season. In their ninth year under head coach was Bennie Oosterbaan, the Wolverines compiled a 7-2 record (5-2 Big Ten), outscored opponents 233 to 123, and finished the season in second place in the Big Ten Conference and ranked #7 in the final 1956 AP poll. The team played five of its nine games against ranked opponents, losing to #2 Michigan State by a 9-0 score and #15 Minnesota by a 20-7 score, but defeating #15 Army by a 48-14 score, #7 Iowa by a 17-14 score, and #12 Ohio State by a 19-0 score.

End Ron Kramer was selected as a consensus All-American and a first team All-Big Ten player. Guard Dick Hill was selected as the team's Most Valuable Player and was named by the Associated Press (AP) as a first-team All-Big Ten player. Halfback Terry Barr averaged 6.1 yards per carry rushing and 19.7 yards per punt return and was selected as a first-team All-Big Ten player by the United Press (UP).

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1957 Big Ten Conference football season

The 1957 Big Ten Conference football season was the 62nd season of college football played by the member schools of the Big Ten Conference (also known as the Western Conference) and was a part of the 1957 NCAA University Division football season.

The 1957 Ohio State Buckeyes football team, under head coach Woody Hayes, won the conference championship with a 7-0 conference record (9–1 record overall), was ranked No. 1 in the final Coaches' Poll, and defeated Oregon in the 1958 Rose Bowl. The Buckeyes were ranked No.2 in the final AP Poll, but were also declared national champion by the FWAA poll. Ohio State back Don Clark led the conference with 737 rushing yards. Guard Aurealius Thomas was a first-team All-American.

The 1957 Michigan State Spartans football team, under head coach Duffy Daugherty, compiled an 8–1 record and was ranked No. 3 in the final AP and UPI polls. Michigan State back Walt Kowalczyk and center Dan Currie were selected as consensus first-team All-Americans. Kowalczyk led the conference with 54 points scored, and Currie was selected as the team's most valuable player.

The 1957 Iowa Hawkeyes football team, under head coach Forest Evashevski, finished third in the Big Ten with a 7–1–1 record and was ranked No. 8 in the final AP Poll. Iowa tackle Alex Karras was a consensus first-team All-American and won the Outland Trophy as the best interior lineman in college football. Quarterback Randy Duncan led the Big Ten with 1,124 passing yards and 1,183 total yards.

Michigan halfback Jim Pace won the Chicago Tribune Silver Football trophy as the conference's most valuable player.

1957 Michigan Wolverines football team

The 1957 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1957 Big Ten Conference football season. In its 10th year under head coach Bennie Oosterbaan, Michigan compiled a 5–3–1 record (3–3–1 against conference opponents), finished in sixth place in the Big Ten, and outscored opponents by a combined total of 187 to 147.Left tackle Jim Orwig was the team captain. Left halfback Jim Pace received the team's most valuable player award, won the Chicago Tribune Silver Football as the most valuable player in the Big Ten, and was selected as a first-team All-American and All-Big Ten player.The team's statistical leaders included quarterback Jim Van Pelt with 629 passing yards, Jim Pace with 664 rushing yards, and left end Gary Prahst with 233 receiving yards.

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