Jim Germany - Running Back - 1977-83 - New Mexico State
For a team to win 5 championships in a row there has to be incredible balance. The five in a row Edmonton Eskimos from 1977-1982 were exceptional in all facets of Canadian Football. Running Back Jim Germany supplied exceptional ability as the teams #1 running back for the teams dynasty run. The threat of Germany and what he could do rushing the ball allowed Tom Wilkinson and later Warren Moon the opportunity to find open receivers.
Germany a native of New Waverly Texas went to New Mexico State University and was a 2nd round draft pick of the St.Louis Cardinals in the 1975 NFL draft. Germany did not get into any NFL game action and he elected to come to Canada and joined the Eskimos in 1977. As a rookie Germany broke 1,000 yards rushing with 1,004 and 8 touchdowns. He was a Western All-Star in 1979 with career highs in carries (238) and yards rushing (1,324).
In the Eskimos 1980 Grey Cup victory over Hamilton, Germany had 2 rushing touchdowns in the 48-10 demolition of Hamilton. Over the championship run Germany chipped in with 4 touchdowns over the 5 championship victories (1 in 1978, 2 in 1980, 1 in 1981).
Jim teamed with Neil Lumsden in 1981 along with quarterback Warren Moon to form the most dominant backfield in the league. An incredible 18 rushing touchdowns in 1981 propelled Germany to an All-Canadian selection. The incredible season was of course topped off with a Grey
Cup Championship, the Eskimos 4th of 5 consecutive.
Injuries slowed Germany in 1982 and he would only play 13 games over his final two seasons in the league. Germany retired after the 1983 season with 65
touchdowns, 5,740 yards rushing and 5 Grey Cup championships in 7 seasons in the league.
#25 was a fan favorite in Edmonton and a vital cog in the most dominant team in CFL history.
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