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Auburn remembers football great Jimmy 'Red' Phillips
March 25, 2015

Jimmy "Red" Phillips helped Auburn to success in the 1950s

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala. -- Jimmy "Red" Phillips, one of the legendary names of Auburn football and an NFL first-round draft pick who made the Pro Bowl three times, died Wednesday in his hometown of Alexander City.

Phillips was a receiver and defensive lineman for Auburn from 1955-57 and helped the Tigers win the 1957 national championship. Phillips was an All-American and finished sixth in the voting for the Heisman Trophy that year. He was also an Auburn captain. He was 79.

"Jimmy 'Red' Phillips is one of the all-time great football players at Auburn and instrumental in helping our program to a national championship in 1957," said Jay Jacobs, Auburn's Director of Athletics. "He was not only a great football player, but a great man. We are saddened by Jimmy's passing and will continue to keep him and his family in our thoughts and prayers."

Phillips averaged 23.8 yards per catch and scored four touchdowns in 1957. He led the Southeastern Conference in receiving in 1956 with 23 catches for 383 yards. He was named the SEC's sophomore of the year in 1955.

Phillips played for the Los Angeles Rams and the Minnesota Vikings during his 10-year NFL career. He was named the Pro Bowl in 1960, '61 and '62 while playing for the Rams.

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