Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Jim "Blood" Youngblood

Jim "Blood" Youngblood


  • Position: Linebacker
  • School: Tennessee Tech
  • High School: Jonesville, SC (Jonesville HS)
  • Years: 1969-1972
  • Inducted: 1996
  • Place of Birth: Union, SC
  • Date of Birth: Feb 23, 1950
  • Jersey Number: 53
  • Height: 6-3
  • Weight: 235

Member Biography

Jim Youngblood was an all-around athlete in high school at Jonesville, South Carolina. He was all-conference in football, basketball and baseball. His ability was a family heritage. His father was a standout semi-pro baseball player, and his mother was a star basketball player in high school in Jonesville. Jim Youngblood was a linebacker at Tennessee Tech 1969-72 and set a school record with 476 tackles. The Ohio Valley Conference named him Defensive Player of the Year in 1971 and 1972. Tennesse Tech retired his jersey, No 53. He made All-America teams at the college-division level in 1971 and 1972. Youngblood, who was 6-3 in height and weighed 235, was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams. He played 11 years with the Rams and one year with the Washington Redskins.