In Memory of Jim Swink 1936-2014

Jim Swink was one of the greatest ball carriers in the history of Southwest Conference football.  As a junior at TCU in 1955 he was a consensus All-American, led the nation in scoring (125 points), was second in rushing yards (1,283) and finished 2nd in the Heisman Trophy voting. After Swink led TCU to the 1956 and 1957 Cotton Bowls his coach Abe Martin described him as “…a little ol’ rubber-legged outfit nobody can tackle.” The two-time Academic All-American turned down the NFL and enrolled at Southwest Medical Center in Dallas. In 1960 he played briefly with the AFL’s Dallas Texans before retiring from professional football. Swink, who later became an orthopedic surgeon in Fort Worth once said, “I’d rather be a good family doctor than the greatest football player in the world.” He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War from 1966-1968 with the 12th Evacuation Hospital. Swink was awarded a Purple Heart, Air Medal and the Bronze Star. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1980 and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1977.

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