Olympic gold medalist, University of Texas standout and former New York Jets wide receiver Johnny “Lam” Jones died Friday morning after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 60 years old.
“He will be sorely missed but certainly not forgotten,” Texas football coach Tom Herman said Friday in a spring-football news conference.
Jones was a high-school legend in the state who went on to become a multi-sport star at Texas and, later, the No. 2 overall pick in the 1980 draft.
A native of Lampasas, Texas — which led Texas football coaches to first call him “Lam” in the late 1970s — Jones also won an Olympic gold medal at the 1976 Summer Games when he was just a teenager, running the second leg in the 400-meter relay.
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SOURCE: USA Today, by Tom Schad