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31. Jim Nance

It took until the 19thRound in 1965 before the Boston Patriots before Jim Nance was drafted, and the former two-sport star at Syracuse had to have a chip on his shoulder considering his collegiate accomplishments.

Nance only had 404 Yards From Scrimmage as a rookie, but he exploded the following year with a league-leading 1,4578 Rushing Yards and 11 Rushing Touchdowns.  He also was first that year in YFS and All-Purpose Yards (1,561), and he won both the AP and UPI MVP.  Nance won the Rushing Title again in 1967 (1,216), but he never had more than 750 Rushing Yards over the next four seasons. 

Nance retired after the 1971 season thought he would return for one year in 1973 for the New York Jets.  Nance had 6,167 All-Purpose Yards with 46 TDs as a Patriot. He would enter the Patriots Hall of Fame in 2009.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Running Back
  • Acquired: Selected in the 19th Round, 158th Overall in the AFL Draft 11/28/64.
  • Departed: Retired after the 1971 Season.
  • Games Played: 94
  • Notable Statistics:

    66 Games Started
    1,323 Rushing Attempts
    5,323 Rushing Yards
    45 Rushing Touchdowns
    139 Receptions
    844 Receiving Yards
    1 Receiving Touchdown
    1 Punt Return
    16 Punt Return Yards
    3 Kick Returns
    40 Kick Return Yards
    53 Approximate Value

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    AP AFL Player of the Year
    UPI AFL Player of the Year
    First Team All-Pro (1966 & 1967)
    Second Team All-Pro (1969)
    AFL All-Star (1966 & 1967)
    Most Rushing Attempts (1966, 1967 & 1969)
    Most Rushing Yards (1966 & 1967)
    Most Rushing Touchdowns (1966 & 1967)
    Most Rushing Yards per Game (1966 & 1967)
    Most Yards From Scrimmage (1966)
    Most All-Purpose Yards (1966)

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