Jimmy was born in Pittston, Pennsylvania and attended Pittston Area High School prior to a standout career at Penn State University in the mid 70’s. He led the Nittany Lions in all-purpose yards his senior season and was MVP of the Gator Bowl. Jimmy was a 3rd round pick of the Dolphins in the 1978 NFL Draft. With the Dolphins, Cefalo played in two Super Bowls (XVII and XIX) and caught a 76 yard touchdown in the Super Bowl loss to the Washington Redskins. He also caught in 1984 the Dan Marino pass that broke the record for the most touchdown passes in a season.
After his football career concluded Cefalo has worked as commentator for the NFL on NBC, MLB games, as well as, the 1988 Summer Olympics in South Korea. He now hosts a morning news program on WIOD radio in Miami .