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|Born:||August 20, 1936|
|Died:||June 2, 1983 46)(aged|
|Position(s)|| Linebacker |
|Uniform number||67, 49, 50|
|NFL draft|| 1958 / Round: 21 / Pick: 246|
(By the Washington Redskins)
|(1958–61)||CFL Montreal Alouettes|
|(1961)||CFL Calgary Stampeders|
|(1961)||AFL Denver Broncos|
|(1962–64)||AFL Oakland Raiders|
|(1965)||CFL Winnipeg Blue Bombers|
|(1965)||CFL Toronto Argonauts|
|Career highlights and awards|
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Jackie served as an AFL scout in 1966, and after the AFL-NFL merger, he was rehired by the San Diego Chargers to work in the personnel department. Sid Gillman found Simpson to be a valuable asset, and hired him as a linebacker coach in 1967. He remained in that position for 5 years, and then in 1972 was hired as the Houston Oilers defensive coordinator. Jackie left Houston to spend one year (1973) as linebacker coach with the St. Louis Cardinals. Simpson was rehired by the San Diego Chargers as defensive coordinator in 1974, and held that position for 7 years. The team was very successful, and made the playoffs in 1979 and 1980, including the January 1981 AFC championship game. Jackie Simpson coached for the Seattle Seahawks, serving as defensive coordinator during the 1981-82 seasons. He was beginning his final coaching job, again as defensive coordinator, with the Detroit Lions, when he suddenly died on June 2, 1983.
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