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Jack Jacobs

Jack Jacobs, "Indian Jack," football player (born at Holdenville, OK, 1920; died at N Greensboro, NC 12 Jan 1974). A Muscogee (Creek) Indigenous person, Jacobs joined the National Football League from University of Oklahoma; playing mostly on defence, he was a sure-handed and solid tackler.

He joined the CFL's Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1950. Jacobs's fierce desire, competitiveness and brilliant quarterbacking helped popularize professional football in Winnipeg and Canada. Over his CFL career he passed for 11 094 yards and 104 touchdowns and punted for a 41-yard average. He coached London Lords (ORFU), and was an assistant coach with Hamilton, Montreal and Edmonton (CFL).