26 Facts About Jim Mandich


Jim Mandich played college football for the University of Michigan from 1967 to 1969 and was recognized as a consensus first-team tight end on the 1969 College Football All-America Team.


Jim Mandich was born in Cleveland to a Serbian immigrant father.


Jim Mandich graduated from Solon High School in Solon, Ohio.


Jim Mandich enrolled at the University of Michigan in 1965 and played for coach Bump Elliott and coach Bo Schembechler's Michigan Wolverines football teams from 1967 to 1969.


Jim Mandich caught 25 passes for 248 yards during the 1967 season.


Brown and Jim Mandich were both selected by the Associated Press as first-team players on the 1968 All-Big Ten Conference football team.


Jim Mandich led the 1969 team to a Big Ten Conference championship, an upset victory over Ohio State and the 1970 Rose Bowl.

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Jim Mandich had the best game of his collegiate career on October 11,1969, catching 10 passes for 156 yards while scoring a touchdown and setting up two others in a victory over Purdue.


Jim Mandich was selected as the most valuable player on the 1969 Michigan team, and a consensus first-team tight end on the 1969 College Football All-America Team.


Jim Mandich finished his collegiate career at Michigan ranked second only to Jack Clancy in career receptions and receiving yards.


Jim Mandich was inducted into the University of Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor in 1994 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004.


Jim Mandich was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the second round of the 1970 NFL Draft.


Jim Mandich joined the Dolphins in 1970, their first season under head coach Don Shula.


Jim Mandich appeared in 14 games for the 1970 Dolphins, but caught only one pass for three yards and a touchdown against the Houston Oilers on September 27,1970.


Jim Mandich appeared in 11 games for the 1971 Dolphins and caught three passes for 19 yards and a touchdown.


Jim Mandich had 11 catches for 168 yards and three touchdowns for the 1972 Dolphins.


In 1973, Jim Mandich again appeared in all 14 games for the Dolphins team that defeated the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl VIII.


Jim Mandich caught 24 passes for 302 yards and four touchdowns for the 1973 Dolphins.


Jim Mandich remained with the Dolphins through the 1977 season, totaling 21 catches for 217 yards and four touchdowns in 1975 and 22 catches for 260 yards and four touchdowns in 1977, before dropping off in 1978 to only six catches for 63 yards.


Jim Mandich did not appear in any regular season games for the Redskins, but, after an injury to Bennie Cunningham, Mandich was signed in October 1978 as a backup tight end for the Pittsburgh Steelers.


Jim Mandich appeared in 10 regular season and three playoff games for the 1978 Steelers team that won Super Bowl XIII, making him the only man to play on the first two teams in NFL history to win 14 games in a season.


Jim Mandich had no receptions during the 1978 season, and at the conclusion of the season, Jim Mandich announced his retirement from football.


In nine NFL seasons, Jim Mandich appeared in 119 games and caught 121 passes for 1,406 yards, 11.6 yards per catch, and 23 touchdowns.


Jim Mandich was the radio sports talk show host on WIOD 610 AM from 1983 to 1987, and joined WQAM 560 in 1987.


Jim Mandich did color commentary on Dolphins radio broadcasts on which he was teamed with Jimmy Cefalo and Joe Rose.

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Jim Mandich died from cancer in April 2011 in Miami Lakes, Florida, at age 62.