Born: Feb. 28, 1947 in Beaumont, Texas
Jess Phillips graduated from Charlton Pollard High School and Michigan State University.
He was drafted as a back by the Cincinnati Bengals in 1968 and played for the team through the 1973 season. He played the following season for the New Orleans Saints before moving to the Oakland Raiders for the 1975 season.
He spent the next two seasons with the New England Patriots and retired in 1977.