Jim Rountree, ex-CFL star cornerback, dies at 77

The Associated Press

TORONTO (AP) -- Former Canadian Football League star cornerback Jim Rountree has died at 77.

His death was announced Tuesday by the Toronto Argonauts, the team he played with from 1958 to 1967. He died of cancer Oct. 1.

Rountree played in college at Florida and was drafted by the Baltimore Colts in 1958. With Toronto, he was primarily at cornerback but also played receiver, running back and kick returner. He was named to the all-time Argos team.

He still holds the record for longest reception in club history - 108 yards against Saskatchewan in 1961. His 10 interceptions during the 1960 season also remains a club record. He was a CFL All-Star in 1962

Rountree joined the Argonauts' coaching staff from 1968-72 and again from 1977-78.

After retiring, he and his wife, Nan, lived in Tamarac, Fla., and ran an insurance agency.

He is survived by his wife, two children and three grandchildren.

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