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Jake Gibbs


Jerry Dean Gibbs

Inducted 1995

Date of Birth



Grenada, MS


University of Mississippi (1958-1960)


His name was written as Jerry D. Gibbs, but everyone called him Jake Gibbs. In his three years 1958-1960, Mississippi had a 29-3-1 record. In his junior year, 1959, he was All-Southeastern Conference quarterback, led the conference in total offense, and threw to Bob Crespino for a 78-yard play against Vanderbilt. As a senior in 1960, he was co-captain. The team was 10-0-1 and was voted national champions by the Football Writers Association. Gibbs was unanimous choice for All-American quarterback. Gibbs was a star in still another sport, baseball. He went into the pro ranks and played 10 years as a catcher with the New York Yankees, 1962-71. In six of those years, 1965-70, he returned to the Mississippi campus after the baseball season and served as assistant football coach. After his professional playing career ended, Gibbs served 19 years as Mississippi baseball coach and then returned to coaching professional baseball.


Height 6'0

Weight 185

Career Highlights

  • 1960 All-Conference
  • 1960 Conference MVP
  • 1960 Heisman - Third
  • 1960 Unanimous All-America
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