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Former Jets star Johnny ‘Lam’ Jones dies at age 60

His alma mater, the University of Texas, announced the news.

Jones starred for the Longhorns, winning team MVP in 1978, twice earning All-Southwest Conference honors and finishing his collegiate career with eight touchdowns of 45-plus yards. It was in Austin he earned his “Lam” moniker in an effort to avoid confusion with Johnny “Ham” Jones — one from Lampasas, TX, the other from Hamlin.

His speed was a well-known quantity before he set foot on campus in Austin, after he won Olympic gold as a member of the 4×100 relay team at the 1976 Games in Montreal.

The Jets were enamored with that speed enough to trade a pair of first round picks to be able to select Jones with at No. 2 in the 1980 draft.

He lasted five years in the NFL, never quite able to live up the high expectations the Jets and he had set for himself: 138 receptions for 2,322 yards and 13 touchdowns in 61 games. His best season came in 1983, with 43 catches for 734 yards and four TDs.

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