James Frederick Jerome
Born: April 18, 1930 (Syracuse, N.Y.)
Died: Sept. 5, 2013 (Syracuse, N.Y.)
In 1954, Jim Jerome, a 6-foot-3, 255-pound tackle from the Ivy League, was cut in training camp by the Montreal Alouettes to get their roster to the 10 imports allowed under Big Four football rules. (His spot was taken by Chuck Hunsinger, a running back whose fumble would cost the Als victory in the Grey Cup later that year.) The Ottawa Rough Riders immediately added Jerome to their roster. His rookie reason included pouncing on a fumble by Toronto’s Nobby Wirkowski on Ottawa’s one-yard line.
He attended Solvay High in his hometown of Syracuse, N.Y., gaining a scholarship to Cornell. He was a star on the Big Red defence, including being named an Ivy League all-star. The United Press named him to its All-East second team in 1951.
Jerome was a defensive coach for the Golden Gaels under Frank Tindall at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont. He also coached football at New York high schools. He later taught history, psychology, and physical education at Jefferson Community College in Watertown, N.Y.
He was predeceased by two wives. He is survived by Marion (née Eichorn), his wife of 32 years. He also leaves two sons, a daughter, six grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and a sister.