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Jim Irwin, Retired Case IH Executive, Inducted Into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame

Irwin Inducted During Pre-Game Ceremony Before 80,000+ Fans at Memorial Stadium

Jim Irwin

September 22, 2012 — Jim Irwin, of Genoa, Neb., was a four-year letterman in football (1960-1963) at Kearney State College/University of Nebraska- Kearney who earned honorable-mention NAIA All-America honors as an end his senior year while leading the Antelopes to their first NAIA playoff appearance. They lost 20-7 in the 1963 national semifinals against Prairie View A&M of Texas.

The team, coached by Hall of Famer, Al Zikmund, had a regular season record of 9-0 and was ranked third in the National NAIA standings. Irwin was twice named NCC All-Conference and made the Omaha World Herald Nebraska All-Conference teams in both his final two seasons of play. This despite his missing three games that senior season due to a broken hand.

His skill in receiving saw Irwin set game, season, and career school records. His career included 79 receptions for 1,333 yards and 20 touchdowns at 16.87 yards per catch. Those 20 career TD’s put Irwin tied for sixth in the school’s standings. He’s the only Antelope among the top 10 who played before 1987. Irwin shares the school record for receiving three touchdowns in a game with four others, catching that trio in 1963 against Wayne State College.

His play gained him a contract with the Los Angeles Rams in 1964. He competed with the Antelope’s track and field during an on-field pre-game ceremony at Saturday’s weights group and gained three letters throwing the discus. In 1988, KSC/Nebraska-Idaho State football game. UNK inducted Irwin into its Athletic Hall of Fame.

Posted September 26, 2012
COMMENTS: 5
Posted from: Gerald W, 10/6/12 at 8:55 AM CDT
Congratulations Jim
A great and sincere leader. Did an outstanding job for his company and the dealers. The company and the dealers were fortunate to have a leader like Jim.
Jim Irwin
Posted from: Bill Quinney, 10/5/12 at 9:42 AM CDT
Congratulations Jim - a few years ago as President of NAEDA I had the opportunity to meet and work with Jim - always respected and worked for his dealers - all the best Jim
JIM IRWIN
Posted from: BILL MARCOTTE, 10/3/12 at 6:57 AM CDT
CINGRATULATIONS I KNEW YOU WERE GOOD BUT I DIDN'T KNOW YOUR WERE THAT GOOD
JIM IRWIN
Posted from: STU KINNE, 10/2/12 at 6:14 AM CDT
CASE-IH DEALERS FORTUNATE TO HAVE JIM WORKING FOR CASE-IH AND ASSISTING THEM. HE WAS A GREAT,HONEST & SINCERE LEADER.
CONGRATULATIONS JIM.
congratulations
Posted from: dick schmidt, 9/29/12 at 3:40 PM CDT
I always knew you were tough,but fair.

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