Former Jets receiver and sprinter at the Olympic medals Johnny "Lam" Jones died Friday at the age of 60, after a battle against myeloma cancer.
His university, the University of Texas, has announced the news.
Jones played for the Longhorns, winning the MVP in 1978, winning the Southwest Conference twice and finishing his university career with eight touchdowns over 45 yards. It is in Austin that he got the nickname "Lam" in order to avoid any confusion with Johnny "Ham" Jones – one from Lampasas, Texas, the only one in the world. other Hamlin.
His speed was well known before setting foot on the Austin campus after winning the Olympic gold medal as a member of the 4×100 relay team at the 1976 Games in Montreal.
The Jets were sufficiently seduced by this speed to swap a pair of first-round picks to be able to pick Jones second in the 1980 draft.
He spent five years in the NFL, having never lived up to the high expectations of the Jets and set goals: 138 receptions for 2,322 yards and 13 touchdowns in 61 games. His best season is 1983 with 43 catches for 734 yards and four touchdowns.