Texas legend, ex-NFL far-reaching receiver and Olympic bullion medalist Johnny Lam Jones has died.
Olympic bullion medalist and former NFL far-reaching receiver Johnny “Lam” Jones has died, the University of Texas Athletics announced on Friday. He was 60.
Jones was a member of a U.S. Olympic Track group and won a bullion award in a 4×100 scale send in 1976, when he was 18.
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Jones was also a distinguished college athlete. He played far-reaching receiver and using behind for a University of Texas Longhorns. He was named a MVP in 1978 and perceived All-American honors twice, in 1978 and 1979. Jones was inducted into a Longhorn Hall of Honor in 1994.
He was a No. 2 altogether collect in a NFL breeze in 1980 and was picked adult by a New York Jets. He played 5 seasons with a Jets, finishing with 2,322 yards and 13 touchdowns, USA Today reported.
The Olympian was diagnosed with Stage 4 mixed myeloma in 2005. The University of Texas pronounced he died “after a extensive conflict with cancer.”
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“He will be sorely missed though positively not forgotten,” University of Texas football manager Tom Herman said.