Junior Coffey

Junior Lee Coffey (born March 21, 1942) is a former professional football player, a running back in the National Football League with the Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons, and New York Giants.[1]

Junior Coffey
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Position:Running back
Personal information
Born:March 21, 1942 (age 76)
Kyle, Texas
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Dimmitt (TX)
NFL Draft:1965 / Round: 7 / Pick: 94
AFL draft:1965 / Round: 16 / Pick: 122
Houston Oilers
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:2,037
Rush attempts:535
Rushing TDs:10
Receiving yards:487
Games played:59
Player stats at NFL.com

Early years

Born in Kyle, Texas, Coffey (6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 200 lb (91 kg)) with 10.2* speed in the 100 (yards), was one of the leading running backs and defensive linebackers in Texas high school football during the 1960s.[2][3] As a senior in 1960, he rushed for 1,562 yards in 11 games to lead the Dimmitt Bobcat offense.

In a bi-district playoff game against Olton during the 1960 season, Coffey carried the ball 34 times for 253 yards and scored both Dimmitt touchdowns despite leg cramps as the Bobcats fell 15-12 to Olton.

Coffey became an all-state performer for the Bobcats in football and basketball in the 1960-61 school year. In the 1959-60 season, he became the first black athlete ever to play in a Texas UIL state basketball tournament.

As a junior during the 1959 football season, he led the Dimmitt Bobcat offense with 1294 rushing yards on 165 carries and also led the defense with 185 tackles at linebacker.

College career

The Southwest Conference did not integrate until 1967, so Coffey had to leave the state to play major college football.[4] He attended the University of Washington in Seattle and played under head coach Jim Owens.[1] With the Huskies, Coffey was a three-time all-conference selection and was tabbed Honorable Mention All-American all three seasons. He finished his career as the second-leading ground gainer in school history.

Professional career

Coffey was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the seventh round of the 1965 NFL draft, and he played on the Packers' championship team of 1965. After that season, he was selected in the expansion draft for the Atlanta Falcons in 1966,[5] and played in Atlanta for 2½ seasons, where he averaged 4.0 yards per carry. He missed the entire 1968 season with a knee injury and was traded to the New York Giants midway through the 1969 season,[6][7] and finished his career there in 1971, compiling career totals of 2,037 rushing yards on 500 carries, 487 receiving yards on 64 receptions and 15 touchdowns.

After football

After the NFL, Coffey eventually became a Thoroughbred racehorse trainer.[4][8] His colt Raise the Bluff was the favorite going into the 2007 Longacres Mile Handicap at Emerald Downs in Auburn, Washington, but placed second.

BornMarch 21, 1951 (age 67)
Kyle, Texas, U.S.
Career wins617+ (ongoing)


  1. ^ a b Purdy, Shon (October 31, 2015). "Husky legend: Junior Coffey". University of Washington Athletics. Retrieved February 24, 2016.
  2. ^ Orts, Jason (May 5, 2015). "Hall of Fame profile: Junior Coffey blazed trails in Panhandle football". Waco Tribune-Herald. Texas. Retrieved February 24, 2016.
  3. ^ Perry, Jocelyn (September 20, 2013). "Junior Coffey among '63 team honored Saturday". University of Washington Athletics. Archived from the original on March 6, 2016. Retrieved February 24, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Raley, Dan (July 29, 2008). "Racehorse trainer once great runner in own right". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved February 24, 2016.
  5. ^ "Packers' Claridge goes to Atlanta; Coffey, Grimm also picked in draft". Milwaukee Journal. UPI. February 16, 1966. p. 16, part 2.
  6. ^ "Giants obtain Junior Coffey". Pittsburgh Press. UPI. October 29, 1969. p. 80.
  7. ^ "Giants get Coffey from Falcons". St. Petersburg Times. Florida. October 29, 1969. p. 3C.
  8. ^ Chapin, Dwight (February 24, 2002). "Where are they now / Junior Coffey / A different running game /". San Francisco Chronicle. (SF Gate). Retrieved February 24, 2016.

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1963 All-Pacific Coast football team

The 1963 All-Pacific Coast football team consists of American football players chosen by various organizations for All-Pacific Coast teams for the 1963 college football season.

1964 Rose Bowl

The 1964 Rose Bowl was the 50th Rose Bowl Game, played on January 1, 1964. It featured the Illinois Fighting Illini and the Washington Huskies.Illinois was led by Dick Butkus, Jim Grabowski, Lynn Stewart, and Archie Sutton on their way to a 17–7 victory over the Huskies, led by Junior Coffey.The game was scoreless until the second quarter; Washington scored first, following an Illinois fumble at its own 27-yard line. Backup quarterback, Bill Siler, kept it for three yards, then passed it to Joe Mancuso for 18 yards to the Illini 6. Siler then faked a pass and pitched to halfback Dave Kopay, who scored behind the block of halfback Ron Medved, with 8:26 left in the first half. The Illini got on the scoreboard with Jim Plankenhorn's field goal in the waning seconds of the second quarter and Washington led 7–3 at halftime.

In the third quarter, Illinois took control as Jim Warren scored the "go-ahead" touchdown on a two-yard run. Sophomore Grabowski rushed for 125 yards, scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter, and was named the game's Most Valuable Player. Butkus played both ways in this contest, both at center and linebacker. He recovered a fumble, and had an interception (in addition to leading a defense that held Washington to only 59 yards rushing and 71 yards passing for the game).

1965 American Football League draft

The 1965 American Football League draft took place on November 28, 1964. Held via telephone conference call, it remains the only draft in major professional football history to be held without a central location. The NFL draft was held the same day.

1965 NFL Draft

The 1965 National Football League draft was held at the Summit Hotel in New York City on Saturday, November 28, 1964. The first player selected was Tucker Frederickson, back from Auburn, by the New York Giants.The draft was marked by the failure of the St. Louis Cardinals to sign quarterback Joe Namath of Alabama, who went with the New York Jets of the American Football League. The AFL draft was held the same day.

1966 Atlanta Falcons season

The 1966 Atlanta Falcons season was the franchise's inaugural season in the National Football League (NFL). The Falcons finished in seventh place in the NFL Eastern Conference with a record of 3–11, ahead of only the New York Giants.

1966 NFL expansion draft

The 1966 NFL expansion draft was a National Football League (NFL) draft in which a new expansion team, named the Atlanta Falcons, selected its first players. On June 30, 1965, NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle awarded the first NFL franchise in the Deep South to the city of Atlanta and granted ownership to Rankin Smith Sr.So that the Falcons could become competitive with existing teams, the league awarded the Falcons the first pick in the 1966 NFL Draft, supplemented with the final pick in the first five rounds. The NFL also gave the new team the opportunity to select current players from existing teams. That selection was provided by the expansion draft, held on February 15, 1966. In this draft, held six weeks after the regular draft, the existing franchises listed players from which the Falcons could select to switch to the new team.

Each of the 14 established teams froze 29 players on their 40-man rosters that opened the 1965 season (That made 154 players available.). Atlanta picked one of the 11 and then each team froze two more. Atlanta was able to select two more for a total of 42 players chosen. The Falcons paid $8.5 million for the franchise. (Feb 17, 1966 St. Petersburg Times.)

1968 Atlanta Falcons season

The 1968 Atlanta Falcons season was the franchise's third year in the National Football League (NFL).

1969 New York Giants season

The 1969 New York Giants season was the franchise's 45th season in the National Football League (NFL). The Giants moved back to the Century Division in 1969, after one season in the Capitol Division. They finished with a 6–8 record, and had one victory less than the previous year. New York placed second in the Century Division, four-and-a-half games behind the Cleveland Browns.Before the season, the Giants selected Fred Dryer in the first round of the 1969 NFL/AFL Draft, with the 13th overall pick, and traded with the Atlanta Falcons for running back Junior Coffey in late October. New York lost all of their preseason games, including a 37–14 rout by the New York Jets at the Yale Bowl in New Haven, leading them to fire head coach Allie Sherman in September, a week before the regular season began. Offensive backfield coach Alex Webster was promoted to head coach.The Giants opened the season with a win against the Minnesota Vikings, the eventual league champion, and held a 3–1 record after four games. However, they went on a seven-game losing streak, then won the final three games in December to close out the season.

1971 New York Giants season

The 1971 New York Giants season was the franchise's 47th season in the National Football League (NFL). The Giants had a 4–10 record for the season and finished in last place in the National Football Conference East Division.The Giants selected Rocky Thompson in the 1971 NFL Draft, with the 18th overall pick. After a winless preseason, New York began the regular season with a 2–1 record before posting a 2–9 mark in its final 11 games. The team was affected by numerous injuries, including a thigh injury suffered by running back Ron Johnson, who had gained more than 1,000 yards rushing in 1970. The 1971 season was the last for quarterback Fran Tarkenton with the Giants; after he requested a trade, the Giants dealt him to the Minnesota Vikings in 1972 for three players and a pair of draft picks.

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Green Bay Packers draft history

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Jeff Jordan (American football)

Jeffrey Lincoln Jordan (born July 12, 1945 in St. Louis, Missouri) is a former American football running back in the National Football League for the Los Angeles Rams and the Washington Redskins. He played college football at the University of Washington.

He graduated from Central Valley High School in Spokane, Washington in 1963. After being a reserved running back on Central Valley's team as a junior, he burst onto the scene as a senior and became an all-state running back which earned him a football scholarship to the University of Washington. He played fullback for the Huskies from 1964 through 1966. At 6-1, 215, he had outstanding speed, running the 40 yard dash in 4.4. During his sophomore season of 1964, he beat out fullback Junior Coffey for the starting position. Coffey who went on to play for the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL had been an All-Pacific Coast Conference selection. As a senior in 1966, Jordan was instrumental in helping the Huskies beat the Ohio State Buckeyes 38-32 in Columbus Ohio, scoring on three short TD runs in the first half. A teammate of Jordan's on the Huskies 1966 team was TE Mac Bledsoe who is the father of former Washington State and NFL QB Drew Bledsoe.

In Jordan's three-year college career, in which he was hampered by injuries after a fine soph season, he rushed 220 times for 791 yards (3.6 ave) and 11 TDs.

Following college, he played 3 years in the NFL for legendary coach George Allen, in 1970, when he played in 9 games for the LA Rams, rushing for 50 yards on 10 carries and one game each in 1971 and 1972 with the Washington Redskins.

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