Thursday, December 19, 2013

A11FL Throwback Thursday – Jim ‘Crash’ Jensen

Those A11 Football League fans who are looking for a prototype A11FL player from “back in the day,” perhaps the best example is former Miami Dolphin Jim “Crash” Jensen.

Jensen, who played for the Dolphins from 1981-92 after being an 11th-round pick by Miami in ’81, was a Jack of all trades – and a master of all of them. He saw time at wide receiver, tight end, running back, wingback and quarterback, and was a holder for placement kicks and a kick-coverage ace (hence the nickname “Crash) – and was proficient no matter where he was placed.

During his dozen-year National Football League career, Jensen caught 229 passes for 2,171 yards and 19 touchdowns, ran 26 times for 142 yards, was 4-for-7 passing for 102 yards and two touchdowns and recovered five fumbles. In a two-year span in 1988-89, Jensen caught 119 passes for 1,209 yards and 11 scores, while running 18 times for 118 yards.

And he did all of that while starting just 10 of 164 games during his career.

Jensen’s playing career didn’t end with the Dolphins, however. He spent the next two years (1993-94) as the starting quarterback for the Arena Football League’s Miami Hooters, and he continued to display he high-level versatility there, as well – 51 touchdown passes, a touchdown catch, eight rushing touchdowns and two forced fumbles.

Versatility is going to be important for many A11FL players. A11FL fans can only hope their team ends up with one – or many – Crash Jensens on their team.

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