Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Former Eagle Jimmy Carr passes at 79

(The Phanatic Magazine) - The Eagles confirmed the passing of former defensive back and assistant coach Jimmy Carr, who died Monday morning in Fishers, Indiana at the age of 79.

A veteran of nine NFL seasons with the Chicago Cardinals (1955 and 1957), Eagles (1959-63) and Washington Redskins (1964-65), Carr was the starting left cornerback on the Eagles 1960 NFL Championship team and collected 13 of his 15 career interceptions while playing in Philadelphia. Carr also played one season with the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL in 1958.

After his playing career was over, Carr served 24 years as a NFL assistant coach, including two years as the Eagles defensive coordinator from 1970-71. He also coached two years in the USFL as the defensive coordinator for the Denver Gold from 1983-84 and three years in NFL Europe from 1995-97. In 1985, Carr was part of the defensive coaching staff for the New England Patriots AFC Championship team.

Carr starred collegiately at Morris Harvey (now the University of Charleston) and was an NAIA Hall of Fame inductee in 1962. The East Bank, West Virginia, native played football and baseball at East Bank High School.  He is survived by his wife, Lila, their two children, Ken and Gwen, and seven grandchildren.

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