Jim O'Brien
Jim O'Brien

Position:
Football

Inducted:
1983


Jim O'Brien

  • Dual threat whose career is well-document in the receiving and kicking records.
  • Three-year regular who led the team in scoring his junior and senior seasons.
  • Leading receiver, in terms of yardage, all three seasons and tops on the squad in receptions his sophomore and senior years.
  • First receiver to top the 1,000-yard mark in season receiving yards, gaining 1,107 on 44 catches in 1968 to set the season record for yards-per-catch (25.16).
  • Concluded career second in receptions (104) and first in receiving yards (2,285), TD receptions (21) and yards-per-catch (21.97), the latter two remain as records.
  • Led nation in scoring in 1968 with a UC season record 142 points.
  • Career scoring leader (142 points) and holds the record for most games scored in (24).
  • Claude Rost Award as team MVP as a senior.
  • Honorable mention All-American in both 1968 (AP) and 1969 (AP, UPI).
  • Played in the American Bowl, Coaches All-American, East-West Shrine and Senior Bowl all-star games.
  • Taken in the third round by the Baltimore Colts in the 1970 NFL draft.
  • Field goal as clock expired boosted Baltimore to a win over Dallas in the 1971 Super Bowl.
  • UC Athletics Hall of Fame 1983.