Joker mentioned in another thread that Jim had been one of his favorite players. I think Jim should have been awarded a profiles in courage award for his time in Foxboro. He came to the Pats in 1971 as the first player drafted. The GM at the time was Upton Bell and the coach was John Mazur. This gives you a rough idea of the lousy situation he was entering. He was supposed to have Joe Kapp as his mentor but Joe quit football rather than sign a contract that contained the Rozelle Rule. Joe had just completed his only season with the Patriots with 1104 passing yards, 3 TD, and 17 interceptions. Jim was forced into service and had a good rookie year. From there on it was downhill. By the time he asked to be traded to a West Coast team in 1976, he had gotten the crap knocked out of him and had lost his confidence. He was later released by this team, San Francisco, and then went on to his storied career in Oakland. Jim left just before Chuck Fairbanks put together the first great Patiots team in 1976 thanks to the draft choices from the SF trade.