|Born:||February 18, 1921|
|Died:||May 17, 2010 (aged 89)|
|Height:||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight:||160 lb (73 kg)|
|High school:||Woodlawn (AL)|
|Player stats at PFR|
Tarrant was born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1921 and attended Woodlawn High School in that city. He played college football at Howard College of Birmingham (now known as Samford). He was selected as a Little All-American in 1940 and transferred from Howard to Tennessee in 1941. He was declared ineligible in 1942, served in the Army for three years, and never played at Tennessee.
Tarrant played professional football for the Miami Seahawks of the All-America Football Conference in 1946. He appeared in four games, one of them as the Seahawks' starting quarterback. He completed five of 12 passes for 95 yards and a touchdown. He was rated as the best passer in the team's training camp, and a specialist in the "running jump-pass", but a leg injury kept him out for much of the season. He was released by the Seahawks on October 28, 1946.
In 1948, he became the head football coach at Phillips High School and later at Banks High School, both in Birmingham. He joined the Auburn coaching staff in 1962. He served as the supervisor of Auburn's athletic dormitory. In 1963, he accepted a position as the principal of the Gibson School in Woodlawn, Alabama.
- "Jimmy Tarrant Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 2, 2020.
- "Jimmy Tarrant Decides To Enter U-T This Week". The Knoxville Journal. February 5, 1942. p. 12.
- "Jim Tarrant Chose Tennessee Because of Coach John Barnhill". The Knoxville News-Sentinel. February 8, 1942. p. 16 – via Newspapers.com.
- Alf Van Hoose (August 5, 1962). "Tarrant Joins Auburn". The Birmingham News. p. 46 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Jim Tarrant Back, Hawk Prime Passes". The Miami News. October 4, 1946. p. 20 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Seahawks Drop Gloden and Tarrant". The Miami News. October 28, 1946. p. 20.
- "School Board fills business manager post". The Birmingham News. April 19, 1963. p. 11 – via Newspapers.com.