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Roy Zimmerman (American football)

Roy Zimmerman
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1918-02-20)February 20, 1918
Place of birth: Tonganoxie, Kansas
Date of death: August 22, 1997(1997-08-22) (aged 79)
Career information
College: San Jose State
NFL Draft: 1940 / Round: 7 / Pick: 58
Debuted in 1940
Last played in 1948
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • All-Star selection (1942)
  • All-Pro selection (1943, 1944)
  • NFL champion (1942)
Career NFL statistics
TD-INT 44–70
Yards 4,801
QB Rating 47.3
Stats at

Henry LeRoy Zimmerman Jr. (February 20, 1918 – August 22, 1997) was an American football player who played running back and quarterback in the National Football League from 1940 to 1948.

Early life

Zimmerman was born in Tonganoxie, Kansas to Henry Leroy Zimmerman Sr. and Ivol Gertrude Hawkins and played high school football at Monrovia Arcadia Duarte High School (Now Monrovia High School) in Monrovia, California, where he was a quarterback. He then went on to play college football at San José State University. While playing for the San José State Spartans in 1939, the team went 13–0.[1]

NFL career

Zimmerman was drafted in the seventh round of the 1940 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. Zimmerman was the first San Jose State player ever to be drafted by the NFL. He played for the Redskins from 1940 to 1942. Then in 1943, Zimmerman played for the Steagles, a team that was a combination of the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers (the teams were forced to merge because both had lost many players to military service due to World War II). He continued playing for the Eagles until 1946, and then played for the Detroit Lions, before finishing his career with the Boston Yanks.

Zimmerman was named to the Pro Bowl in 1942 and named All-Pro twice. He also led the league in interceptions in 1945 with seven.


After retiring from the NFL, Zimmerman taught and coached at Parlier High School and then Madera High School, both in California. He also was a professional fast-pitch softball pitcher and led his team to 10 world titles over 26 seasons. He was inducted into the International Softball Congress Hall of Fame in 1970 and the award for the outstanding pitcher in the ISC World Tournament is named in his honor.[2] He married Dena Mary Otis of Big Timber, Montana on May 3, 1940, and they had 3 sons. Zimmerman died in Madera, California on August 22, 1997.


  1. ^ Miedema, Laurence (April 29, 2007). "All about perseverance". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 2008-02-11. 
  2. ^ "Biographical Sketch of Leroy Zimmerman". International Softball Congress. Retrieved 2012-03-06. 
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