July 11, 1938|
|Died:||May 2, 2016(aged 77)|
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight:||189 lb (86 kg)|
|High school:||Akron (OH) Ellet|
|NFL Draft:||1960 / Round: 6 / Pick: 61|
|AFL draft:||1960 / Round: 1
Pick: First Selections
(by the Houston Oilers)
|Career highlights and awards|
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|Player stats at PFR|
Jack Ross "Jacky" Lee (July 11, 1938 – May 2, 2016) was an American quarterback who played professional football in the American Football League for all ten of its seasons (1960–1969). After playing football, baseball, and basketball at Ellet High School in Akron, Ohio, he played college football at the University of Cincinnati. In 1958-1959, Jacky Lee was the team MVP and an All Conference Quarterback. In 1960, he was MVP of the Senior Bowl.
In 1960, he was the first quarterback ever drafted by the American Football League's Houston Oilers, where he split time with George Blanda in the Oilers' 1960 and 1961 AFL Championship seasons. In 1961, Jacky threw for 457 yards against the Boston Patriots, then an AFL record and set another league record with a 98-yard touchdown to Willard Dewveall against the Chargers. Lee and Blanda combined to throw 38 touchdowns for the Oilers in 1961. Jacky played in every game for the Oilers from 1961-1963.
In 1964, he was the first and only player to ever be "lend-leased" to another team. He was loaned to the Denver Broncos and was to returned to the Oilers two years later. While in Denver, Jacky threw for 370 yards in one half against the Oakland Raiders.
In 1967, Lee was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs after four games. He spent most of his last three years as the back-up to Len Dawson with the Kansas City Chiefs. He was part of the 1969 AFL and World Championship (Super Bowl IV) winning team.
He was one of only twenty men who played in each of the ten years of the AFL's existence.
Lee retired in 1970 after a shoulder injury. He went on to have a successful career in commercial real estate in Houston.
Lee died on May 2, 2016 due to complications from Alzheimer's disease.
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