Jimmie “Mississippi Red” McDowell

Born: March 24, 1926

Hometown: Brookhaven, MS

Year of Induction: 1999


Sportswriting Career

• Director of public relations and athletic publicity, Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg (’51-’55)

• Sports Editor, Jackson Daily News, Jackson (’55)

• Hosted his own sports show, WLBT-TV, Jackson (’56)

• Sports Editor for The State Times, Jackson (’56)

• Executive Sports Editor and Columnist, Trenton Times, Trenton, New Jersey (’62)

• Executive Sports Editor and Columnist, Memphis Comercial Appeal (’64)

• National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame (’64-’91)

– Director of Public Relations

– Appointed Executive Director of the organization in 1970

• Outstanding Mississippian of the Year (’73)

• Inducted into the Mississippi Sportswriters Hall of Fame (’81)

• Honorary lifetime member of the American Football Coaches Association (’90)

• Inducted into the University of Mississippi Alumni Hall of Fame (’91)


Did You Know?

“Mississippi Red” McDowell is credited with suggesting the formation of a Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. In 1960, he presented the idea to “Farmer” Jim Neal, the longtime Jackson radio broadcaster who was president of the Jackson Touchdown Club.