Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Jim "Jimmy Mac" McMahon

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 Biography

Jim 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 Yokohama, Japan. 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.