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Jimmy Patton

Jimmy Patton

Jimmy Patton was an eighth-round draft choice in 1955 who went on to become one of the great defensive backs in franchise history. He played on the 1956 championship team and on teams that advanced to the title game in 1958, 59 and 61-63.

Patton was a five-time first-team All-Pro (1958-62), a second-team All-Pro in 1963, and a five-time Pro Bowler (1958-62). His 52 interceptions are second in Giants history, 11 more than No. 3 Spider Lockhart. Patton led the NFL with 11 interceptions in 1958, which ties Otto Schelbacher (1951) for the franchise single-season record. His 712 yards on interception returns are second in Giants history to Emlen Tunnell's 1,240.

Patton also recovered 15 fumbles and returned 37 punts and 28 kickoffs, scoring once on each.

December 22 will be the 50th anniversary of his death at age 39 in an auto accident in Georgia.