Jim Lee Hunt was born October 5, 1938, in Atlanta, Texas. He attended Booker T Washington High School and became an All-American football star in his junior and senior years at Prairie View A&M.

He was taken in the 16th round of the 1960 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals, but was released and then signed to play with the Boston Patriots in the newly formed American Football League.

One of only 20 men to play in the entire existence of the AFL, he was known as "Earthquake" and played defensive tackle for 11 years with the Patriots. He was a four time AFL All Star and had 29 career sacks. He also held the AFL record for most career fumble recoveries with eight.

After deciding to retire from pro football before the start of the 1971 season, he became the assistant Parks Commissioner in Boston for three years. He also donated much of his time to the Boys Club of Boston as well as to the Little People's School for the Deaf in Newton, Mass.

Jim Lee Hunt became an assistant football coach at Boston University. He was 37 years old when he died after a heart attack hours before the B.U.-Villanova game on November 22, 1975 in Philadelphia.

An award for the "Best Lineman" on the Patriots is named in his honor and given out each year. He was inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame in 1993 and his number "79" was retired by the Patriots.