RIP Jim Bertelsen

Discussion in 'On The Field' started by hornde68, May 7, 2021.

  1. hornde68

    hornde68 100+ Posts

    One of the greatest running backs in UT history, Jim Bertelsen, passed away over night.
     
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  2. SabreHorn

    SabreHorn 5,000+ Posts

    West Texas cowboy from Wisconsin who got to Austin as fast as he could.

    Great RB
    Great person

    Thanks for the memories

    :hookem2:
     
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  3. earl77

    earl77 250+ Posts

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    earl77 250+ Posts

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  5. Vino Bevo

    Vino Bevo Wine - how classy people get drunk

    Rest in Peace #35 - one of the all time greats.

    Between him and Jake I expect a burnt orange sunset this evening.

    Hook'Em
     
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  6. WorsterMan

    WorsterMan 10,000+ Posts

    NO!!!

    He died much too young at 71 !!!

    Story goes one of his relatives wrote DKR about this terrific RB at Hudson HS (Wisconsin) and DKR checked him out and gave him scholarship. What a gem he turned out to be and played for the Rams in the NFL.

    RIP Jim :hookem::hookem:

    2 out of that 1969 Wishbone backfield are gone.... Street and now Bertelsen :(.

    Plus Pete Lammons and Jake Elhinger this week...



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  7. DKRoyal fan

    DKRoyal fan 25+ Posts

    He was a fantastic RB. He was my favorite at that time! Accounted for chunks of yardage every time he touched the football.

    RIP Mr. Bertelsen.
     
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  8. bystander

    bystander 5,000+ Posts

    It'd be cool if you put the names on there...
     
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  9. WorsterMan

    WorsterMan 10,000+ Posts

    Did a search on the Internet to see if a cause of death was listed. Only saw Kirk Bohl's reported it but no cause stated.
     
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  10. DKRoyal fan

    DKRoyal fan 25+ Posts

    I believe from left to right:
    James Street, Jim Bertelsen, Steve Worster, and Ted Koy
     
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  11. Sangre Naranjada

    Sangre Naranjada Winebibber

    Almost certainly cancer.
     
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  12. longhorn47

    longhorn47 500+ Posts

    That's corrrect. It was a treat watching them play. RIP, Jim.
     
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  13. earl77

    earl77 250+ Posts

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  14. bystander

    bystander 5,000+ Posts

    Thank you. I saw them all play but not without a helmet.
     
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  15. LousianaHorn

    LousianaHorn Kabong

    RIP to all time Longhorn great.
     
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  16. WorsterMan

    WorsterMan 10,000+ Posts

    From what I have read over the years... Jim was a warrior on the field, quiet off the field.

    Reserved as a player on a team getting massive attention. He was very talented and went out and executed. Exceptional vision and ability. Gained a lot of yards from late option pitches from Street and Phillips.

    A Longhorn Legend! :hookem:

    Still cannot believe he is gone...
     
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  17. WorsterMan

    WorsterMan 10,000+ Posts

    Wonder what former teammates Worster, Koy, Peschel, Achilles, McKay, Campbell, Atessis, Henderson & Halsell would say about Jim?
     
  18. hornde68

    hornde68 100+ Posts

    He was the proof of the Wishbone concept. His group ran it as freshmen, before the varsity implemented it. In first scrimmage, it took about 10 plays to show boys could compete with men. He’d hit you like a diesel truck or just run around you. Fast as a cat and tough as a boot. But, didn’t say too much. A damn fine man.
     
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  19. DKRoyal fan

    DKRoyal fan 25+ Posts

    I recognized all but Ted Koy, but figured the guy on the right had to be him.

    :bevo:
     
  20. George Bailey

    George Bailey No beans in my chili, thank you

    I still jump out of my chair watching the '69 Texas-Arkansas game when Bertlesen scores the winning TD.
     
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  21. LousianaHorn

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  22. LousianaHorn

    LousianaHorn Kabong

    The block he throws on Koys run the play before is pretty damn good also..............helluva player!
     
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  23. bystander

    bystander 5,000+ Posts

    You mean this?

     
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  24. Ut forever

    Ut forever < 25 Posts

    Him and Street were first football heroes of mine....As a 7-8 year old going to the games in Ft Worth and Dallas they were bigger than life...
     
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  25. Hideo Gump Jr.

    Hideo Gump Jr. 250+ Posts

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    This is, was and always shall be how I remember him. Prolly my favorite Texas Football pic.
     
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  26. Boo ou

    Boo ou < 25 Posts

    Hook 'em forever. RIP Jim.
     
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  27. WorsterMan

    WorsterMan 10,000+ Posts

    This photo is one of my favs. Look at the size of the hole Bertelsen ran through!

    This is 1970 vs. Ark in Austin. I went to the game with my Dad - still have the game program. Bertelsen and Horns ran wild on the Hogs that day... 42-7 was the final.
     
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  28. BevoJoe

    BevoJoe 10,000+ Posts

    Ever since they were played, the ‘69 Great Shootout and the ‘70 Cotton Bowl are my top 2 favorite games to watch. RIP Jim, and thank you for the great memories.
     
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  29. Richard Bozzone

    Richard Bozzone First Time Poster

    Looking for when & where he passed away for his record at Pro FB HOF in Canton. Presume it was May 6 but where. Do you know funeral home handling services? Thanks Rich Bozzone
     
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  30. SabreHorn

    SabreHorn 5,000+ Posts

    RB,

    If the HOF has Bill Bradley's contact information, Bill went out to Jim's ranch and visited with him a while back.

    You might also contact the T Association through the Longhorn Foundation (512-471-4439)

    OR contact Billy Dale at Texas Legacy Support Network

    Texas Legacy Support Network Texas Legacy Support Network

    If all that fails, send me a PM with your contact info and and I'll have Billy call you.

    Hook em

    :hookem2: :texasflag:
     
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