Former Jets WR and Olympic Gold Relay Medalist, Johnny ‘Lam’ Jones, Dies at 60

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.

Texas Athletics confirmed the news Friday.

“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