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Jim Jeffcoat
Defensive end
Jersey #(s)
Born April 1, 1961 (1961-04-01) (age 48)
Long Branch, New Jersey
Career information
Year(s) 19831997
NFL Draft 1983 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23
College Arizona State
Professional teams
Career stats
Sacks 102.5
Interceptions 2
Touchdowns 2
Stats at
Career highlights and awards

James Wilson Jeffcoat, Jr. (born April 1, 1961 in Long Branch, New Jersey) is a former American football defensive lineman who played fifteen seasons in the National Football League. He currently serves as defensive line coach for the Houston Cougars football team.


Playing career

Jeffcoat played high school football at Matawan Regional High School in Aberdeen Township, New Jersey.[1] then played college football for Arizona State University, where he made the All-Pac-10 Conference team in 1982. He was drafted in the first round (23rd overall) of the 1983 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. Jeffcoat was a key component of the Cowboys defense, where he teamed for most of his career with Ed "Too Tall" Jones. He is tied with Bob Lilly for the team record for most sacks in a game (five), leading the team in sacks in 1986 and 1992. After twelve seasons with the Cowboys, in which he won two Super Bowl rings(1992-93), he joined the Buffalo Bills before the start of the 1995 NFL season, playing three years in Buffalo before retiring.

Jeffcoat finished his fifteen NFL seasons with 102 sacks, two interceptions for 91 return yards and two touchdowns (both against the New York Giants), and eleven fumble recoveries for 121 yards and two touchdowns.

Coaching career

On January 28, 2008, Jeffcoat was hired to join Kevin Sumlin's staff at the University of Houston as defensive line coach.[2]


After retiring as a player, Jeffcoat served as the defensive ends coach for the Cowboys, until 2005. He and his wife, Tammy, live just outside the suburb of Plano, Texas with their four children: twins Jackson (19) and Jacqueline (19), Jaren (21), and Jasmine(10). Jackson Jeffcoat is currently an All-State defensive end at Plano West High School and is considered one of top players in the Class of 2010 nationwide.[3]

He currently owns an Allstate insurance agency. He has also recently partnered with Bally Total Fitness for the "Jim Jeffcoat Fitness Challenge", which started 05/01/2007. His goal is to lose eighty pounds.


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