James "Jumpy" Geathers (Football, 1982-83)
Courtesy:Wichita State
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  • A terror at defensive tackle for two seasons
  • He was a mountain-sized man along the defensive front, standing 6-foot-7 and weighing 265 pounds
  • He possessed extraordinary quickness and athletic ability that made him a quarterback sacking machine
  • He recorded 11 sacks as a senior in 1983, including four in a 10-tackle performance against Missouri Southern
  • In his career, he amassed 34 tackles behind the line of scrimmage totaling 144 yards in losses
  • He recorded six tackles for loss in a victory over West Texas State in 1983
  • He made 11 stops against Kansas State in the 1982 game
  • In two years, he recorded 141 total tackles
  • He was a basketball player in junior college before being recruited to WSU by Coach Willie Jeffries and changing sports
  • He was a second-round draft pick of the New Orleans Saints in 1984
  • Enjoyed a long professional football career with the New Orleans Saints, Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos.
  • Inducted, 1998.
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