James “Jimbo” Elrod, who spent three of his four NFL seasons with the Chiefs in the 1970s, died Monday in a car crash in Chandler, Okla. He was 62.
Elrod, a linebacker, appeared in 36 games for the Chiefs during 1976-78, including five starts. He finished his pro career with the Houston Oilers in 1979.
He was the Chiefs’ fifth-round draft selection in 1976 after an All-America career at Oklahoma, where he played defensive end for the 1974 and 1975 national championship teams.
According to NewsOK.com, Elrod was the driver of a car that hit a guardrail and overturned. No other car was involved in the wreck. Elrod was thrown through the sun roof when the car rolled. He wasn’t wearing a seat belt.
Elrod’s wife, Diana, was a passenger in the car and was wearing a seat belt. She was taken to OU Medical Center and admitted in serious condition.
“This is a very sad day for the OU football family,” Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said in a statement.