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Jim Lash

Jim Lash was fond of saying, “A pressure player would do something out of the ordinary. He would break up tight games.” Lash did that often for the Northwestern Wildcats, where he was a star wide receiver from 1970-72. Lash, a 6-foot-1, 192-pounder from Garfield High, caught 87 passes for 1,479 yards, a 17.2-yard career average, and scored six touchdowns at Northwestern. In his last game as a Wildcat, he posted a school-record 226 receiving yards against Michigan State in 1972. That year he was a first-team All-Big Ten choice and led Northwestern with 36 catches for 667 yards. One of his most memorable “pressure” plays beat Indiana. A Hoosier defensive back bobbled an overthrown pass, Lash caught it and sped 81 yards for the winning score. Lash, a Big Ten All-Academic choice as a sophomore, was chosen to play in the East-West Shrine and Hula Bowl post-season games. He attracted the attention of the Minnesota Vikings, who drafted him in the second round in 1973. Lash played four seasons with the Vikings and appeared in two Super Bowls. He caught one pass for nine yards against the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl VIII in 1974 and was in the starting lineup against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl IX in 1975. Lash closed his NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers in 1977. For his NFL career, he caught 91 passes for 1,464 yards – a 16.1-yard average – and scored three touchdowns.

Inducted 1995 | Football