• All-American as a senior tight end and linebacker.
  • Started three years as a receiver at the University of Miami and became the first CCHS player to play in the National Football League.
  • Also starred in baseball and track.
  • Athlete of the Year in 1964.

Jim Cox was the first Columbus graduation to play in the National Football League and one of four members of the class of 1964 to enter the Sports Hall of Fame.

Jim played football and baseball and ran track at Columbus, but it is in football where he made his most significant contributions.

Jim was a three-year starter on the varsity at Columbus and played all over the field: tight end, fullback, quarterback, linebacker and strong safety.

As a senior, he was named all conference, all-city, all state and all-American.

Jim accepted a football scholarship to the University of Miami where he became one of the most prolific pass receivers in the school’s history.

He was a three-year starter at the flanker position and played in two bowl games with the Hurricanes.  He was named the Most Valuable player in the 1966 Liberty Bowl.

In 1968, Jim was selected by the Miami Dolphins and played one year with the team.  He was later traded to the Minnesota Vikings and also played with the New Orleans Saints.  A knee injury cut his career short.

Today, Jim is semi-retired and living in Cascade Mountains.  He still owns an advertising firm in San Diego.

Jim and his wife, Grace, have been married for for 45 years. By the way, Grace – who was then Grace Caroncino – was Columbus High’s homecoming queen in 1963.