Jim "Jimmy Mac" McMahon
- Position: Quarterback
- School: Brigham Young
- High School: Roy, UT (Roy HS)
- Years: 1977-1978, 1980-1981
- Inducted: 1998
- Place of Birth: Jersey City, NJ
- Date of Birth: Aug 21, 1959
- Jersey Number: 9
- Height: 6-0
- Weight: 185
Member BiographyJim McMahon's years under LaVell Edwards at Brigham
Young can be told in four chapters.
1977--Brigham Young was 9-2. McMahon was backup
quarterback to Marc Wilson and did punting.
1978--Brigham Young went 9-4. When Wilson was hurt,
McMahon was a starter. He participated in a 28-24
victory over Nevada-Las Vegas, a game played in
McMahon had knee surgery and missed the 1979 season.
1980--A 12-1 year for BYU. McMahon started at
quarterback, led the nation in passing and total
offense, made All-America, and was Player of the
Year in the Western Athletic Conference. Against
Southern Methodist in the Holiday Bowl, BYU trailed
45-25 with 4 minutes left. He led a rally to score 21
points. BYU won 46-45.
1981-- BYU was 11-2. McMahon again led the nation in
total offense and passing, was All-America, conference
Player of the Year, finished third in the Heisman vote,
and won the Davey O'Brien and Sammy Baugh Quarterback
Awards. The State of Utah named him Sportsman of the
Year and the school picked him for the Cougar Crowd
Pleaser Award. Against Utah State he passed for six
touchdowns and ran for two.
McMahon stood six feet tall, weighed 185. In four
years he had 84 touchdown passes, gained 9,536 yards
in passing, had a .616 completion percentage, and
averaged 39 yards on punts. He set 80 records at the
school, conference, and national levels.
Next came 15 pro years, 1982-96 with the Chicago
Bears, San Diego, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Minnesota,
Arizona, and Green Bay. He formed the Jim McMahon
Foundation, raising funds for the Ronald McDonald House.
McMahon was born August 21, 1959. He attended high
school in Roy, Utah.