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Jim Ringo
Jim Ringo
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circa 1966
No. 51, 54
Position:Center
Personal information
Born:(1931-11-21)November 21, 1931
Orange, New Jersey
Died:November 19, 2007(2007-11-19) (aged 75)
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:232 lb (105 kg)
Career information
High school:Phillipsburg (NJ)
College:Syracuse
NFL Draft:1953 / Round: 7 / Pick: 79
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:187
Coaching record:3-20-0
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

James Stephen Ringo[1] (November 21, 1931 - November 19, 2007) was a professional American football player, a Hall of Fame center and coach in the National Football League (NFL). He was a ten-time Pro Bowler during his fifteen-year

Early years

Born in Orange, New Jersey, Ringo grew up in Phillipsburg[4] and played high school football at Phillipsburg High School,[5] and college football at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York.

Professional career

Green Bay Packers

The Packers selected him in the seventh round of the 1953 NFL draft. Ringo was considered vastly undersized at 211 pounds (96 kg).

He was not, however, unfit for the role, using his outstanding quickness and excellent technique to build a fifteen-year NFL career, the first eleven with the Packers, as one of the game's best centers.

Ringo played for four different head coaches in Green Bay. In his first six seasons, under Gene Ronzani (1953), Lisle Blackbourn (1954-57), and Ray "Scooter" McLean (1958), the Packers went

But Vince Lombardi's arrival in January 1959 changed everything, and for Ringo's next five seasons the Packers went and 2-1 in championship games. Ringo certainly knew individual success before the Lombardi era, attending his first of seven straight Pro Bowls in 1957, but he flourished under the coaching legend, earning consensus All-Pro honors from 1959-63.

Ringo's speed and mobility made him an ideal blocker for Lombardi's famous Packers sweep, and all but one of running back Jim Taylor's five 1,000-yard seasons, including his then-record 1,474-yard effort in 1962, came with Ringo at center.

Philadelphia Eagles

Ringo was a member of the Packers' NFL Championship teams of 1961 and 1962, but was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles The details of Ringo's trade have been the subject of speculation. In his memoir, Jerry Kramer, who played guard next to Ringo from 1958-1963, recounted the story that, following the 1963 season, Ringo showed up in Lombardi's office with an agent in tow, looking to negotiate a raise. Lombardi, according to this account, was so angered that he excused himself for five minutes only to return and announce that he had traded Ringo to the Eagles.[10] Over the years it has been suggested that that story is more fiction than fact. In reality, Lombardi had probably been negotiating a trade for some time. The Packers also traded fullback Earl Gros and received in return linebacker Lee Roy Caffey and a first-round draft pick, which was used to select halfback-punter Donny Anderson as a "future pick" in 1965. Still, the legend persists. Ringo, who played 126 consecutive games for the Packers from 1954-63, finished out his career with the Eagles, attending three more Pro Bowls and retired after the 1967 season.

Coaching

He went on to work on the coaching staffs of the Los Angeles Rams, Buffalo Bills (2 separate engagements), Chicago Bears, New England Patriots and New York Jets and served as Bills head coach after the resignation of Lou Saban in 1976, posting a 3-11 record. He is best known as a coach for creating the dominant Bills offensive line of the early-mid '70s, called the Electric Company, in support of running back O.J. Simpson. He returned to Buffalo as the Bills offensive coordinator and offensive line coach in 1985. He held the positions until his retirement after the 1988 season.

Ringo was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1981.

Death

Ringo died in Chesapeake, Virginia, on November 19, 2007 after a short illness, in just two days before his 76th birthday.[11] He is buried at Fairmount Cemetery in his hometown of Phillipsburg.

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
BUF 1976 0 9 0 .000 5th in AFC East - - - -
BUF 1977 3 11 0 .214 4th in AFC East - - - -
BUF Total 3 20 0 .130 - - - -
NFL Total[12] 3 20 0 .130 - - - -
Total 3 20 0 .130 - - - -

References

  1. ^ "Jim Ringo's playing stats". Databasefootball.com. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "Jim Ringo's stats". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved .
  3. ^ Litsky, Frank (November 21, 2007). "Jim Ringo, Pro Football Hall of Fame center, dies at 75". New York Times. p. A25.
  4. ^ Schudel, Matt. "NFL's Jim Ringo; Hall of Famer With Packers and Eagles", The Washington Post, November 22, 2007. Accessed March 14, 2011. "James S. Ringo Jr. was born Nov. 21, 1931, in Orange, N.J., and grew up in Phillipsburg, N.J."
  5. ^ via Associated Press. "Phillipsburg grad, NFL great Jim Ringo dies at 75", The Star-Ledger, November 19, 2007. Accessed March 14, 2011. "Jim Ringo, who played for Phillipsburg High School before going on to a Hall of Fame career as a center for the Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles, died this morning after a short illness. He was two days shy of his 76th birthday."
  6. ^ Lea, Bud (May 6, 1964). "Gros, Ringo traded to Eagles". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 2, part 2.
  7. ^ "Ringo, Gros traded to Eagles, Packers get a linebacker". Milwaukee Journal. May 6, 1964. p. 2, part 2.
  8. ^ "Packers trade Ringo, Gros". St. Petersburg Times. (Florida). Associated Press. May 6, 1964. p. 2C.
  9. ^ "Packers pull trade, create new problem". Pittsburgh Press. UPI. May 6, 1964. p. 58.
  10. ^ https://www.amazon.com/Instant-Replay-Green-Diary-Kramer/dp/0307743381
  11. ^ "Ringo dies at age 75". profootballhalloffame.com. Retrieved .
  12. ^ "Jim Ringo Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks - Pro-Football-Reference.com". Pro-Football-Reference.com.

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