Sandusky, who excelled at Othello High School, holds a record that may never be broken. He was named All-American at three different colleges.

 

After his career at Othello ended with All-State honors in 1979, Sandusky enrolled at Walla Walla Community College (WWCC), where he garnered his first All-American selection (Junior College) as a small but-tough wide-receiver and punt-return specialist.

Sandusky's success at WWCC led to a scholarship offer from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV). At UNLV, Sandusky surprised the critics by leading the nation in receiving. This effort earned him his second All-American selection. Also while at UNLV, Sandusky secured what is still known as the school's biggest win, by catching a clutch game-winning touchdown in the waning minutes of a huge road upset of powerhouse Brigham Young University.

 

A change to San Diego State University (SDSU) did not deter the productive Sandusky, where he led the country in another category, punt return average. After his days at SDSU, his career was topped by two bowl-MVP awards in 1983, one for his performance in the Hula Bowl, the other for the Japan Bowl.

 

The prolific receiver's talents attracted the NFL's New York Jets - who selected him in the second round of a supplementary draft, and the USFL

 Philadelphia Stars, who selected him in the second round - but that was after Sandusky had already opted to play in the wide-open Canadian Football League (CFL), known for its open-style of play and its "throw on any down" mentality.

 

Sandusky started his playing career with the Lions in 1984 and was a vital part of the 1985 Grey Cup Championship team. He was traded to Edmonton prior to the start of the 1988 season for Matt Dunigan. Jim concluded his playing career after the 1995 season and returned to the Eskimos in 1996 as a special teams coach but injuries to the Eskimo receiving corps forced him back to the field for the last six games of the season. He also saw action in the 1996 Grey Cup game vs Toronto.

 

During his 12 year CFL career, Sandusky caught 586 passes for 9,737 yards and 69 touchdowns. Five times he went over the 1,000 yard mark for receiving in a season (1985, 87 - BC Lions and 1988, 91, 92 - Edmonton). A three time Western All-Star (1987, 91, 92) and two time All-Canadian (1987, 92), Jim totalled 11,345 all-purpose yards in his career including 1,298 yards on 134 punt returns which included 1 touchdown in 1987.

 

Sandusky starred in the CFL, playing for two teams over 15 years.  Though he spent two years with the home-state NFL Seattle Seahawks, Sandusky will go down as one of the CFL's best receivers. In stints with the B.C. Lions, and later the Edmonton Eskimos, Sandusky was selected to five All-Star teams and won two Grey Cups - the equivalent of the Super Bowl.  Sandusky 's last four years in the CFL were spent as a player-coach.