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24. Jim LeClair

A defensive star at North Dakota, Jim LeClair, impressed the NFL scouts enough for him to be taken in the Third Round in 1972.

After playing as a backup in his first three seasons, LeClair settled in as the starting Middle Linebacker (later Left Inside) for Cincinnati in 1975.  A Pro Bowl Selection in 1976, LeClair worked the interior well for the Bengals, and he would nab 10 Interceptions and help Cincinnati appear in their first Super Bowl in the 1981 Season.

LeClair's last year in the NFL was in 1983 when he left the Bengals for the New Jersey Generals of the USFL.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Linebacker
  • Acquired: Selected in the 3rd Round, 54th Overall in the NFL Draft 2/1/72.
  • Departed:

    Signed with the New Jersey Generals of the USFL after the 1983 Season.

  • Games Played: 158
  • Notable Statistics:

    128 Games Started
    10 Interceptions
    64 Interception Return Yards
    10 Fumble Recoveries
    27 Fumble Recovery Yards
    1 Fumble Recovery Touchdown
    7.5 Quarterback Sacks*
    72 Approximate Value

    *Sacks were not a stat until the 1982 Season but were unofficially calculated from Pro Football Reference from 1960 to 1981.

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Pro Bowl (1976)

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