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The Long-Lost Jim Henderson interview from May 2004 remembering Jim Finks
The Long-Lost Jim Henderson interview from May 2004 remembering Jim Finks
Published: 2012/02/28
Channel: TaylorLumber
Give Me 9 Minutes a Week and I Guarantee You $75,568 a Year
Give Me 9 Minutes a Week and I Guarantee You $75,568 a Year
Published: 2015/03/23
Channel: Investing Daily
The Options Advantage: Cash on Demand | Jim Fink
The Options Advantage: Cash on Demand | Jim Fink
Published: 2014/03/12
Channel: Investor Inspiration
JOHNNY UNITAS CUT BY PITTSBURGH STEELERS IN 1955; JIM FINKS, ANOTHER HALL OF FAMER, EXPLAINS
JOHNNY UNITAS CUT BY PITTSBURGH STEELERS IN 1955; JIM FINKS, ANOTHER HALL OF FAMER, EXPLAINS
Published: 2014/06/08
Channel: Brad Palmer
Jim Finks Hall of Fame Football Quarterback
Jim Finks Hall of Fame Football Quarterback
Published: 2017/03/31
Channel: WhoWhat
On this day in Saints history-May 8th, 1994-Remembering Jim Finks
On this day in Saints history-May 8th, 1994-Remembering Jim Finks
Published: 2016/05/08
Channel: TaylorLumber
On this day in Saints history-January 14, 1986-Jim Finks hired as G.M.
On this day in Saints history-January 14, 1986-Jim Finks hired as G.M.
Published: 2016/01/15
Channel: TaylorLumber
Minnesota Vikings Hall Of Famers
Minnesota Vikings Hall Of Famers
Published: 2013/08/03
Channel: Minnesota Vikings Chat
James Finks U Freeky
James Finks U Freeky
Published: 2014/02/02
Channel: TheSingularVids
THE PRIMITIVE FINKS -- "DRAGSTER"
THE PRIMITIVE FINKS -- "DRAGSTER"
Published: 2015/10/16
Channel: UnsteadyFreddie
Super Bowl XXV Part 1 (Pregame)
Super Bowl XXV Part 1 (Pregame)
Published: 2012/02/21
Channel: Rusty Reno
The Jim Mora Show 1/07/88 WGNO-TV New Orleans, La.
The Jim Mora Show 1/07/88 WGNO-TV New Orleans, La.
Published: 2017/04/13
Channel: galaxies352
End of the Road-1977
End of the Road-1977
Published: 2016/10/15
Channel: Beau Bear
Steelers 1950
Steelers 1950's All-Time Decade Team
Published: 2011/02/11
Channel: UnknownLegend57
Steelers 1940
Steelers 1940's All-Time Decade Team
Published: 2011/02/14
Channel: UnknownLegend57
Mr Plumpers Band Videos: Gig Alert, Nick Finks
Mr Plumpers Band Videos: Gig Alert, Nick Finks
Published: 2012/10/24
Channel: Jim Miars
Misson Accomplished-1985
Misson Accomplished-1985
Published: 2017/04/02
Channel: Beau Bear
4th Down On 4 WWL-TV: N.O. Saints are 12-3 heading to playoffs 12/27/87
4th Down On 4 WWL-TV: N.O. Saints are 12-3 heading to playoffs 12/27/87
Published: 2015/04/07
Channel: galaxies352
The Lame Duck
The Lame Duck
Published: 2017/05/07
Channel: olofpalme63
New Orleans Saints 1993: A Winning Tradition
New Orleans Saints 1993: A Winning Tradition
Published: 2011/02/06
Channel: galaxies352
The Options Advantage: Cash on Demand | Jim Fink
The Options Advantage: Cash on Demand | Jim Fink
Published: 2014/07/29
Channel: Investor Inspiration
Red House
Red House
Published: 2017/02/21
Channel: Shannon Finks
...the other half
...the other half
Published: 2015/02/23
Channel: olofpalme63
Pittsburgh Steelers Greatest Quarterbacks: 1933-2010
Pittsburgh Steelers Greatest Quarterbacks: 1933-2010
Published: 2010/06/24
Channel: UnknownLegend57
WVUE ABC CH8 News 8 Tonight TV News 12-31-1990
WVUE ABC CH8 News 8 Tonight TV News 12-31-1990
Published: 2015/10/05
Channel: Classic New Orleans TV
Larry Fink is Wrong About Options Trading
Larry Fink is Wrong About Options Trading
Published: 2013/06/06
Channel: WyattResearchTV
Walkin
Walkin' Blues
Published: 2017/02/20
Channel: Shannon Finks
Steelers QB Draft History
Steelers QB Draft History
Published: 2010/05/09
Channel: AVSEAL2012
The Chicago Bears Hall of Fame
The Chicago Bears Hall of Fame
Published: 2008/04/16
Channel: Irishbearsfan06
Who Dat Fan Club 1988 w/ Archie Manning and Angela Hill
Who Dat Fan Club 1988 w/ Archie Manning and Angela Hill
Published: 2010/12/02
Channel: Who Dat
WWL 1/31/2012 - Jim Henderson
WWL 1/31/2012 - Jim Henderson's Last 10 PM Sportscast
Published: 2014/07/25
Channel: Chris Hadley
"lost in the hard drive " dan fink
"lost in the hard drive " dan fink
Published: 2012/09/09
Channel: dan pheos
2010 Jr. High Class S Track Meet in Salem, IL
2010 Jr. High Class S Track Meet in Salem, IL
Published: 2010/05/10
Channel: WJBDRadio
The Sir Finks - Heart Full Of Soul (The Yardbirds Surf Cover)
The Sir Finks - Heart Full Of Soul (The Yardbirds Surf Cover)
Published: 2013/12/14
Channel: CoverHeaven
#5 Johnny Unitas | NFL Films | Top 10 Clutch Quarterbacks of All Time
#5 Johnny Unitas | NFL Films | Top 10 Clutch Quarterbacks of All Time
Published: 2017/01/20
Channel: NFL Films
1964 Boston Patriots Highlights
1964 Boston Patriots Highlights
Published: 2015/07/30
Channel: Eduardo Voler
6 Foot Finks
6 Foot Finks
Published: 2007/12/07
Channel: jim bender
BOSS FINK - DAWN OF THE LIVING FINKS (Creature Features Tribute)
BOSS FINK - DAWN OF THE LIVING FINKS (Creature Features Tribute)
Published: 2015/10/21
Channel: hotrodhigh63
Reaching Out to the Doctors of Tomorrow | Dr. Jonathan Finks, MD | TEDxMuskegon
Reaching Out to the Doctors of Tomorrow | Dr. Jonathan Finks, MD | TEDxMuskegon
Published: 2014/12/24
Channel: TEDx Talks
Thee Missing Finks  - The Witch
Thee Missing Finks - The Witch
Published: 2010/06/08
Channel: Justin Ellis
WUPL 1/31/2012 - Jim Henderson
WUPL 1/31/2012 - Jim Henderson's Last 9 PM Sportscast
Published: 2014/07/25
Channel: Chris Hadley
Aidens finks I lost a tooth
Aidens finks I lost a tooth
Published: 2012/11/01
Channel: Kelly Johnson
jim and tim episode 1
jim and tim episode 1
Published: 2008/08/11
Channel: waroon129
Barton Finks Dicey street blues
Barton Finks Dicey street blues
Published: 2009/07/27
Channel: Perronnepe
Jim Fink Small Cap Stocks in 2013
Jim Fink Small Cap Stocks in 2013
Published: 2013/01/14
Channel: Investing Daily
Pittsburgh Steelers Greatest Defensivebacks: 1933-2010
Pittsburgh Steelers Greatest Defensivebacks: 1933-2010
Published: 2010/06/30
Channel: UnknownLegend57
Barton Finks Nothing
Barton Finks Nothing
Published: 2009/07/27
Channel: Perronnepe
The Finks - Close Out Pier ll
The Finks - Close Out Pier ll
Published: 2011/09/27
Channel: shorttermwhat
Modern MtG: Kitchen Company vs Grixis Control
Modern MtG: Kitchen Company vs Grixis Control
Published: 2017/05/28
Channel: Cooper the Red
Lester & The Finks @ The House Cafe (DeKalb, IL) on March 12, 2015
Lester & The Finks @ The House Cafe (DeKalb, IL) on March 12, 2015
Published: 2015/03/20
Channel: Nikki Rice
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Jim Finks
JimFinks1955Bowman.jpg
No. 7
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1927-08-31)August 31, 1927
Place of birth: St. Louis, Missouri
Date of death: May 8, 1994(1994-05-08) (aged 66)
Place of death: Metairie, Louisiana
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
College: Tulsa
NFL Draft: 1949 / Round: 12 / Pick: 116
Career history
As player:
As coach:
As administrator:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
TDINT: 55–88
Yards: 8,622
QB Rating: 54.7
Player stats at NFL.com

James Edward Finks (August 31, 1927 – May 8, 1994) was an American football and Canadian football player, coach, and executive.

Early life and playing career[edit]

Finks was born in St. Louis, Missouri, attended high school in Salem, Illinois, and attended college at the University of Tulsa. After being selected as a 12th-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1949 NFL Draft, he played for several years as a defensive back and quarterback, retiring after the 1955 season.

College coaching and CFL career[edit]

Finks served as an assistant coach under Terry Brennan at the University of Notre Dame in 1956, after which he went on to the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League, where he served as a player/coach before becoming the general manager on October 31, 1957.[1] Finks turned the Stampeders into a winning team. He signed many of the players that made Calgary the winningest team in the CFL during the 1960s, though the team did not win a Grey Cup title until 1971. He also signed quarterback Joe Kapp, who would also later play under Finks in the NFL.

NFL front office career[edit]

In 1964, Finks was named the general manager of the Minnesota Vikings. In 1968, Minnesota won its first NFL Central Division Championship, marking the start of a dynasty that produced 11 division championship teams and four Super Bowl appearances in the following 14 years. In 1969, the Vikings won 12 of 14 games and claimed the NFL championship before losing to the American Football League's Kansas City Chiefs 23–7 in Super Bowl IV.

The Vikings team that Finks put together was powered by a dynamic defensive front four, popularly known as The "Purple People Eaters". The first member of the unit, defensive end Jim Marshall, came to the Vikings in a 1961 trade before Finks arrived. In 1964, the new general manager added two potential stars to the line: end Carl Eller as a first-round pick in the NFL Draft, and tackle Gary Larsen in a trade. He completed "The Purple People Eaters" in 1967 by picking Alan Page in the draft.

In 1967, Norm Van Brocklin resigned as head coach and Finks immediately hired Bud Grant, who had been a successful coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL for 10 seasons. That year, Finks also brought in a new quarterback, Joe Kapp, from the CFL. Kapp had played for the Calgary Stampeders when Finks was its General Manager. During the 1969 NFL championship season, Kapp passed for a record seven touchdowns against the Baltimore Colts and was a major contributor to his team's success.

In 1972, Finks made another daring trade with the New York Giants, this time to bring back Fran Tarkenton, the quarterback he had traded in 1967. In 1973, the Vikings defeated the Dallas Cowboys for the NFC championship but lost to the Miami Dolphins 24–7 in Super Bowl VIII. It turned out to be the last game with the Vikings for Finks, who that season was named the NFL Executive of the Year. Finks, who had been named a club vice-president in 1972 as a reward for his brilliant work, resigned in May, 1974.

Chicago Bears[edit]

Finks joined the Chicago Bears, as general manager and executive vice-president. He spent the remainder of the 1974 season studying the Bears player talent as well as opposition players from all around the NFL. The next year, he began employing the same formula he used so well in Minnesota to improve the Bears' talent pool.

The Bears under Finks improved. By 1977, they reached the playoffs for the first time since 1963. They were a playoff team again in 1979 with a 10–6 record, best-ever for the Finks-led Bears. But Finks' tenure in Chicago ended suddenly in 1982 when he resigned because George Halas did not consult him in the hiring of Mike Ditka as head coach.

Finks contributed to one of the most dominant NFL teams of the 1980s. The 1985 Bears went over 15–1 in regular season and shut out both the New York Giants and Los Angeles Rams in playoff games leading to the Super Bowl.

After leaving the Bears, Finks joined the Chicago Cubs as president and chief executive officer in September 1983. He remained through the 1984 season when the Cubs captured the 1984 National League's Eastern Division crown.

Later career[edit]

On January 14, 1986, Finks took charge of a New Orleans Saints team that never had experienced a winning season in its 19-year history. His first move was to hire a new coach, Jim Mora. Success came more quickly for Finks in New Orleans than it had in either Minnesota or Chicago. In just his second season, the Saints won 12 games for their first winning season ever. Finks was named NFL Executive of the Year for the second time.

When NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle retired in 1989, Finks was the leading candidate to replace him. He was the only candidate put forward for the job by a six-owner search committee (Wellington Mara, Lamar Hunt, Art Modell, Robert Parins, Dan Rooney, and Ralph Wilson), however, a group of eleven newer owners who wanted more of a voice in the selection process abstained from voting, preventing Finks from receiving the nineteen votes necessary to become Commissioner.[2][3] Six months later, a second meeting was held and it ended with 13 votes for Finks and 13 for attorney Paul Tagliabue.[4] At a third meeting, a compromise was reached by the two groups that would make Tagliabue Commissioner and Finks president in charge of football operations. However, Finks declined this position and Tagliabue was elected by an undisclosed number of votes.[5]

Death[edit]

Finks died in 1994 in Metairie, Louisiana from lung cancer.[6] He was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995. Finks became the first person whose enshrinement was based substantially on achievements with the Saints franchise, though he had also previously built the Vikings and Bears into Super Bowl teams. His longest tenure was spent with the Minnesota Vikings. His son Jim Finks, Jr. authored the 2009 book COLORS: Pro Football Uniforms of the Past and Present.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.newspaperarchive.com/LandingPage.aspx?type=glpnews&search=general%20manager%20of%20the%20calgary%20of%20canadian%20football%20league&img=\\na0001\281056\3006944_clean.html
  2. ^ George, Thomas (July 8, 1989). "After Election of Finks Is Blocked, N.F.L. to Try Again". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Eskenazi, Gerald (July 20, 1989). "Finks May Still Wind Up as Commissioner". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Oates, Bob (October 13, 1989). "NFL Deadlock Keeping Rozelle Tied Up". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  5. ^ George, Thomas (October 27, 1989). "Tagliabue Is Elected N.F.L. Commissioner". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  6. ^ William N. Wallace, "Jim Finks, 66, Football Player Who Became N.F.L. Executive", New York Times, May 10, 1994

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Andrew J. McKenna
Chicago Cubs President
1983–1984
Succeeded by
Dallas Green

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