Jimmy Leech

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Jimmy Leech
Jimmy Leech.jpg
Leech c. 1920
VMI Keydets
Position Halfback
Class Graduate
Career history
College VMI (1917–1920)
Personal information
Born: April 13, 1897
Collierville, Virginia
Died: August 16, 1951
Hamden, Connecticut
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg)
Career highlights and awards
  • SAIAA championship (1920)
  • Third-team All-American (1920)
College Football Hall of Fame (1956)

Jimmy Leech (April 13, 1897 – August 16, 1951) was an American college football player. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1956. Leech starred on the undefeated 1920 VMI Keydets football team, leading the nation in scoring.[1] He is considered one of the greatest ever to player for the school.[2]


He was a prominent running back for the VMI Keydets football team of the Virginia Military Institute.


In 1920, Leech was selected third-team All-American by Walter Camp. On the All-Southern team's neglecting of Leech, one writer asks "Is Virginia in the South? If so, any judge that fails to put Jimmy Leach (sic), of V. M. I., on an All-Southern eleven is worse than crazy. Leach was a better football player than Flowers, of Georgia Tech, or McMillan, of Centre. He was easily the greatest back in the South, unsurpassed anywhere. He could kick, pass, crash through a line, or circle an end. In the nine game he played he scored 210 points, including twenty-six touchdowns. He carried the ball for 1,723 yards and hurled forward passes for 48 yards. He made seven runs from fifty to eighty-five yards, several against Pennsylvania. He is one of the greatest broken field runners the country has ever seen."[3]

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  1. ^ "VMI Athletic History". Retrieved February 23, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Virginia Sportswriters Name 16 Athletes To Hall of Fame". The Bee. February 9, 1956. p. 22. Retrieved April 9, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ "A Matter of Geography". The Washington Herald. December 14, 1920. p. 11. Retrieved March 2, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read

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