Jimmy Fitzpatrick was a speedy half-back with multiple talents. He could pass left or right-handed, had a career punting average of sixty-five yards and possessed a long-range for his drop kick field goals.

Fitzpatrick was elected team captain in 1919, but when invited to be captain again in 1920 he modestly refused, allowing his friend Luke Urban to be unanimously chosen. His football career came to an end after his shoulder was broken in the November 1920 game against Georgetown.

He was the team's scoring leader in the 1916, 1917, and 1919 seasons. In 1921, Cavanaugh praised him as "the greatest athlete Boston College has ever had...I doubt that any has ever done more for his college in athletics than Fitzy has done for Boston College."