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Former NFL Player, Longtime Assistant Coach Dies At 85

On Wednesday afternoon, the football world learned that a former college football  and NFL player and longtime coach passed away.

According to Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, former TCU standout Jim Shofner passed away last week. He was 85 years old.

TCU reportedly confirmed the news to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Wednesday morning. Details surrounding his passing are not immediately known.

Shofner played his college football at TCU, but was also a star on the Horned Frogs baseball team.

During the 1957 season, he led the Horned Frogs in rushing with 682 yards and six touchdowns, including 109 yards rushing in a 28-0 victory over Alabama. Shofner was named All-Southwest Conference that season.

Following a successful collegiate career, Shofner went on to play for the Cleveland Browns. After six seasons at the professional level, he left the playing field for the sideline.

He served as an assistant coach at the NFL level for a few years before landing back at his alma mater. He took over head coaching duties in 1974 with the hopes of finding success.

Unfortunately, his three-year run with the Horned Frogs couldn’t have gone much worse. He racked up a 2-31 record as the head coach at TCU, which included a 20-game losing streak.

After that, he found his way back to the NFL as an assistant coach where he remained for the next 20 years.

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