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Junior Lee Coffey


Coffey is a former professional football player. He played for Dimmitt High School Bobcats, University of Washington Huskies, the Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons, and New York Giants.

Junior Lee Coffey was born March 21, 1942 in Kyle Texas and Played football and basketball for the Dimmitt High School Bobcats. Coffey became an all-state performer for the Bobcats in football and basketball in the 1960-61 school year. In the 1959-60 season, he became the first black athlete ever to play in a Texas UIL state basketball tournament.

As a junior during the 1959 football season, he led the Dimmitt Bobcat offense with 1294 rushing yards on 165 carries and also led the defense with 185 tackles at linebacker.

The Southwest Conference did not integrate until 1967, so Coffey had to leave the state to play major college football. He attended the University of Washington in Seattle and played under head coach Jim Owens. With the Huskies, Coffey was a three-time all-conference selection and was tabbed Honorable Mention All-American all three seasons. He finished his college career as the second-leading ground gainer in school history.

Coffey was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the 1965 NFL draft, and he played on the Packers' championship team of 1965. After that season, he was selected in the expansion draft for the Atlanta Falcons in 1966, and played in Atlanta for 2 seasons, where he averaged 4.0 yards per carry. He missed the entire 1968 season with a knee injury and was traded to the New York Giants midway through the 1969 season, and finished his career there in 1971, compiling career totals of 2,037 rushing yards on 500 carries, 487 receiving yards on 64 receptions and 15 touchdowns.

After the NFL, Coffey eventually became a Thoroughbred racehorse trainer. His colt, Raise the Bluff, was the favorite going into the 2007 Longacres Mile Handicap at Emerald Downs in Auburn, Washington, but placed second.

Coffey died in Auburn, Washington on August 30, 2021, at the age of 79.


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