Jim Finks - 1955 Bowman

James Edward Finks (August 31, 1927 - May 8, 1994) played only seven seasons in the National Football League, but earned Hall of Fame status as one of the league’s greatest executives as he built and rebuilt franchises into powerful champions. The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Jim in the 12th round of the 1949 NFL Draft out of the University of Tulsa inserting him at quarterback and defensive back, on the other side of the ball. Though he appeared primarily as a backup, once he took over the reigns as the Steelers starting quarterback, he led the NFL in touchdowns (20) in 1952 and was chosen as an NFL All-Star. Finks then led the league in pass completions (165) and attempts (344) as well as passing yards (2,270) in 1955, posting a 189.2 yards per game average that season. Finks finished his NFL playing career with 8,622 passing yards on 661 completions in 1,382 attempts. He passed for 55 touchdowns, 88 interceptions and scored 84 points on 12 rushing TDs, one receiving TD and one interception return for a touchdown. Jim went on to become one of the games great administrators turning franchises around for the long haul.

Finks joined the Calgary Stampeders as player/coach in 1957, reviving the team that had struggled, tuning them into a contender and the winningest Canadian Football League team of the 1960s. Despite Calgary’s success, they never won the Grey Cup. Finks joined the Minnesota Vikings front office in 1964 and built a perennial playoff contender that appeared in four Super Bowls from 1969-1976. He worked in the front office for the Stampeders (1957-1964), the Vikings (1964-1973), the Chicago Bears (191974-1982), the Chicago Cubs (1983-1984) and the New Orleans Saints (1986-1992). Jim put the struggling Bears and the Saints back into the playoffs and was the architect of the 1985 Super Bowl champion Chicago Bears team that is often considered the greatest defensive squad in the history of the NFL. Finks was considered for the position of NFL Commissioner following Pete Rozelle’s retirement in 1989, but Paul Tagliabue assumed the role after a vote by team owners. Jim Finks was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995 as an administrator.



Condition Census (Explain)

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
2 NM-MT+ 8.5
3 NM-MT 8 (57)

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