Former Longhorn Jim Hudson dies

Posted June 25th, 2014


Jim Hudson, a quarterback and defensive back for coach Darrell Royal’s Longhorns in the 1960s, has died, according to a family friend. Hudson was 70.

The cause of death was Traumatic Dementia Encephalopathy, a degenerative disease, the friend said.

Hudson played for the Longhorns when they won the 1963 national championship. A year later, he threw a 69-yard touchdown pass to George Sauer to help the fifth-ranked Longhorns beat Alabama 21-17 in the 1965 Orange Bowl after the 1964 season.


The Alabama quarterback that day, Joe Namath, would become Hudson’s teammate with the New York Jets, who won Super Bowl III in January, 1969. Hudson was a safety on that team.

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