Former New York Jets safety Jim Hudson, who had a memorable interception in the Jets’ lone Super Bowl victory and had a successful post-NFL career training thoroughbred horses, has passed away at the age of 70.
Hudson played six seasons in the AFL/NFL, all with the Jets from 1965 to 1970, recording 14 career interceptions in regular season play, as well as his famous postseason interception just before halftime in Super Bowl III.
A former Texas Longhorns safety (and quarterback) as well, Hudson was a member of Texas’s 1963 NCAA national championship team, and he just last year was inducted into the school’s Hall of Honor.
Injuries limited his pro football career to just 54 regular season games when it was all said and done, but he will forever be remembered for his stellar 1968 season, helping lead the Jets to their only Super Bowl title to date.
Hudson was roommates with star quarterback Joe Namath during his pro career, and he was a big part of the stifling, hard-hitting Jets defense that limited the then Baltimore Colts to just seven points in Super Bowl III.
Following his football career, Jim Hudson became a successful thoroughbred horse trainer. He passed away due to complications from traumatic dementia encephalopathy, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
Hudson is survived by his wife Lise, five children, four siblings and nine grandchildren. According to his wife, his brain and spine will be donated to research. He lived a long, full life, and he will be missed.