By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63
James “Jimbo” Covert will finally be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, some 20 years after his first PFHF nomination in 1996. The former Pitt All-American left Chicago Bears head coach Mike Ditka with only one choice in the first round of the 1983 NFL Draft. “Jimbo is the guy we wanted from day one, we put him at left tackle and moved on.”
Covert began his collegiate career as a defensive lineman in 1978. After a shoulder injury sidelined him and the additional recommendation of the offensive line coach, Covert switched to offensive tackle.
He had the job of protecting future Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino, who was quoted as saying, “There were games when my uniform never got dirty and games that I never hit the ground. That’s incredible.” In 2003, Covert was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.