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Jim Dombrowski
Date of birth: October 19, 1963 (1963-10-19) (age 46)
Place of birth: Williamsville, New York
Career information
Position(s): Guard
Jersey №: 72
College: Virginia
NFL Draft: 1986 / Round: 1 / Pick 6
 As player:
1986-1996 New Orleans Saints
Playing stats at
College Football Hall of Fame

James Matthew Dombrowski (born October 19, 1963 in Williamsville, New York) was an American football guard and tackle in the National Football League for the New Orleans Saints. Dombrowski attended the University of Virginia where his Jersey number 73 was retired. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008.

A consummate leader on and off the football field, Jim Dombrowski won numerous accolades as one of the finest student-athletes in the history of the University of Virginia.

The recipient of the NCAA Today’s Top Six Award for his combined athletic ability, academic achievement, leadership characteristics and campus involvement, Dombrowski was a unanimous First Team All-America pick in 1984 and was a two-time First Team All-ACC selection. He also received the Jacobs Blocking Trophy in back-to-back years (1984-85) as the ACC’s best offensive lineman. Equally impressive in the classroom, he earned First Team Academic All-Conference honors in 1985.

The New Orleans Saints chose Dombrowski sixth overall in the 1986 NFL Draft. He spent 11 seasons with the Saints and was named to the franchise’s 30th and 35th Anniversary Teams. He also received his Master’s of Education in 1991.

A former Toyota Leadership Award winner for his contributions to the Virginia football program, Dombroski’s jersey has been retired by the university. He resides in Mandeville, Louisiana and works as a certified financial planner.

He was inducted into the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame in 2008.



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