Jim Pyburn
Class of 2000

Category: Football

Born: 11/1/1932
Birthplace: Fairfield, AL

Jim Pyburn played football and baseball at Birmingham’s Ensley High. Played collegiately at Auburn. Considered one of greatest ends ever at Auburn. First string as sophomore and honorable mention All-American. Second in SEC with 25 receptions, 379 yards, three TDs. First two passes he caught as an Auburn Tiger were for touchdowns. All-SEC his second year and UPI “Player of Year”. As a senior, he led the SEC in receptions, 5th in nation with 28 for 460 yards and 4 TDs. Third string AP All-American, received more all-conference votes that any other player. Voted Best Offensive End in SEC by coaches. In 1953 as Auburn 3rd baseman he led SEC with .432 batting average and in five other batting departments, and was hitting .455 next season when he chose to sign a pro baseball contract with Baltimore. After three years he left baseball for a coaching career. For 16 years was a defensive coach under Vince Dooley at Georgia; defenses were said to be among best in country.

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