Johnny “Lam” Jones, the Olympic champ turned Jets wide receiver, died on Friday after a long bout with cancer. He was 60.
Jones’ death was announced by the University of Texas where Jones starred as both a receiver and a sprinter on the track team.
He was just 18 when he ran the second leg of the U.S. men’s winning 400-relay squad at the Summer Olympics in Montreal in 1976. He also finished sixth in the 100 meters.
On the gridiron, Jones was a two-time all-Southwest Conference football player. He scored eight touchdowns of 45 yards or longer in his career.
He spent his entire pro football career with Gang Green after being draft with the second overall pick in the 1980 NFL draft. He was selected before future Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz, who went third to the Bengals.
Jones played just five seasons in the NFL (1980-1984) as injuries cut short his career. His best season was 1983 when he caught 43 catches for 734 yards and four touchdowns.
– With The Associated Press