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Jerry Rhome

Jerry Rhome
No. 13, 17
Personal information
Date of birth: (1942-03-06) March 6, 1942
Place of birth: Dallas, Texas
Career information
College: Tulsa
NFL Draft: 1964 / Round: 13 / Pick: 172
AFL Draft: 1964 / Round: 25 / Pick: 195
(By the New York Jets)
Debuted in 1965
Last played in 1971
Career history
Career NFL statistics
TD-INT 7-14
Yards 1628
QB Rating 55.2
Stats at

Jerry Byron Rhome (born March 6, 1942 in Dallas, Texas), graduate of Sunset High School (1960), is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League. He played for the Dallas Cowboys (1965–1968), the Cleveland Browns (1969), the Houston Oilers (1970), and the Los Angeles Rams (1971). He closed out his playing career in 1972 with the Canadian Football League Montreal Alouettes.

Jerry Rhome's Player & Coaching Experience

Jerry Rhome has been in and around football for over 50 years.  His career began in high school in Texas and has continued in and through many football organizations.

High School:
Dallas Sunset - Dallas, TX
Texas All State
All American
High School Hall of Fame - Waco, TX
M.V.P. in North-South All American Game
Member of Texas High School Hall of Fame

University of Tulsa - Tulsa, OK
All American, 1964
Walter Camp Trophy Winner, 1964
Broke 18 NCAA Records, 1964
Heisman Trophy runner-up, 1964
Oklahoma Sportsman of the Year, 1964
Member of Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame
Member of College Football Hall of Fame
Member of Tulsa University Hall of Fame
Sammy Baugh Trophy (Passer of the Year - 1964)
Associated Press Back of the Year - 1964
United Press All American

Pro Player:
Quarterback - Dallas Cowboys
Quarterback - Cleveland Browns
Quarterback - Houston Oilers
Quarterback - Los Angeles Rams
Played in three NFL Championship Games
Played in the Famous Ice Bowl Game - Dec. 31, 1967 in Green Bay

College Coach:
Three years - Tulsa University
Offensive Coordinator
Quarterback Coach
Wide Receiver Coach

Pro Coach:
Coached 25 years in NFL
Seattle Seahawks - QB Coach, wide receivers, Off. Coordinator (7 yrs.)
Washington Redskins - QB Coach (5 yrs.) Super Bowl 1983, 1987
San Diego Chargers - QB Coach and Offensive Coordinator (1 year)
Dallas Cowboys - QB Coach (1 year)
Arizona Cardinals - QB Coach and Offensive Coordinator (4 yrs.)
Minnesota Vikings - Wide Receivers Coach (1 year)
Houston Oilers - QB Coach and Offensive Coordinator (2 yrs.)
St. Louis Rams - QB Coach and Offensive Coordinator (2 yrs.)
Atlanta Falcons - QB Coach (1 year)
Minnesota Vikings - Pass Coordinator (1 year)

Coached in two Super Bowl Games: Winning in 1987 - Redskins 42/Broncos 10

Early years

Rhome attended Sunset High School in Texas, where he played football for his father Byron Rhome. He also played basketball and baseball and was inducted into the Texas High School Hall of Fame.

He accepted a scholarship to play for Southern Methodist University, but transferred by the end of his sophomore year (1961) to the University of Tulsa after a 2-7-1 season. He starred at Tulsa where he would finish second in the 1964 Heisman Trophy voting in one of the closest votes ever recorded.

He held a number of NCAA records, including the most touchdowns in a game and in a season and the most passes without an interception in a year and in a career. Rhome also won the Sammy Baugh Trophy in 1964, had his No. 17 retired by the University of Tulsa and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1998.

Professional career

Dallas Cowboys

Knowing that he had one more year of eligibility, the Dallas Cowboys drafted him as a junior in the 1964 NFL Draft, as would the Houston Oilers in the 1964 AFL Draft. This was a practice that the Cowboys had back then, drafting Roger Staubach also as a junior in the same draft.

Although he started his professional career in 1965 as the third quarterback behind Don Meredith and Craig Morton, he got a chance to start a game that same year against the Cleveland Browns ( 23-17 loss).

He would serve the team in a backup role until the start of the 1969 season when Roger Staubach joined the team, and at his request the Cowboys traded Rhome to the Cleveland Browns for a third round draft choice, that they would use to draft Charlie Waters in the 1970 NFL Draft.[1]

Cleveland Browns

Rohme was a backup to Bill Nelsen during the 1969 season, but the information he provided about the Cowboys offense, helped the Browns beat them in a 38-14 Conference Championship playoff win.[2]

He was traded the next season to the Houston Oilers in exchange for a third round draft choice, that they gave back to the Dallas Cowboys in payment for their original trade.

Houston Oilers

He would only play as a backup for the Houston Oilers for a year, before being released at the start of the 1971 season.

Los Angeles Rams

The Los Angeles Rams claimed him off the waiver wire in 1971, where he was a backup for one year.

Current Coaching & Services

Coach Rhome does one-on-one work with players all over the nation, teaching them the physical aspects of the great game of football. Starting as young as mature 9-year-olds ready to get started the correct way.

Coach Rhome:

- Prepares college players for draft (including some of the young men that are now in the NFL, such as Andy Dalton on the Cincinnati Bengals). - Teaches one-on-one young players in college, high school, and middle school to play the game - both mental and physical. Includes drills, technique, and Back Board teaching.

- Has NFL Coaching Experience, College Draft Preparation, Youth Coaching
Coach Jerry Rhome's website has all coaching and services information.

A few of the most recent players that Coach Jerry Rhome has mentored:

- Kendall Wright (Baylor University) - Tennessee Titans WR
- Kevin Kolb (University of Houston)  - Eagles
- Terrance Williams (Baylor University) - Dallas Cowboys WR
- Case Keenum (University of Houston) - Houston Texans QB
- Troy Smith (2006 Heisman Trophy)
- John Russ Named PFL Offensive Freshman of the Year (high school)

How to Grow A Winning Quarterback (Instructions Book & DVD)

Jerry Rhome collaborated with MVP, Peyton Manning; Pro Bowler, Drew Bledsoe, and Arizona Cardinals Head Coach, Bruce Arian to create an instructional book  for quarterbacks, parents, and coaches. It is written by a 33 year veteran player and coach, Jerry Rhome, and contains information on drills and physical & mental suggestions on how to play the game of quarterback.

Personal life

After he finished his pro playing career, Rhome became an assistant coach at the University of Tulsa. His first of many NFL coaching jobs was with the Seattle Seahawks. He earned a Super Bowl ring while coaching for the Washington Redskins.


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External links

  • College Football Hall of Fame Profile
Preceded by
Jim Shofner
Phoenix Cardinals Offensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Dave Atkins
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