Terribly sad news came out of Texas on Friday as reports surfaced that former New York Jets star Pete Lammons has died at the age of 77.
According to the Jacksonville Progress, Pete Lammons was prepping for a Major League Fishing Toyota Series tournament. Lammons was an accomplished fisherman who had competed professionally.
When approaching a boat on a dock, Lammons tripped, contacted the boat and fell into the water. He was not able to be saved.
According to the story, Lammons’ nephew Lance explained he had also just gone through recent medical operations.
“Unfortunately, he had two stents put in the past two weeks and he was weak from that,” Lance Lammons said. “Pete’s girlfriend tried to talk him out of fishing for health reasons.”
Timeline of Former New York Jets Player Pete Lammons
Lammons was born on October 20, 1943 in Crockett, Texas. The future New York Jets and Green Bay Packers player hit the gridiron at a young age. He eventually played for Jacksonville High School before college, actually spending a short amount of time under NFL legend Bum Phillips.
After graduating from Jacksonville, Lammons went on to attend the University of Texas. With the Longhorns, Lammons solidified himself as Texas football royalty.
In 1963, the Longhorns claimed their first national championship with Lammons playing on the end. A few years later, he entered the NFL and AFL drafts. While he was taken in the 14th round of the NFL Draft, he opted for the New York Jets in the AFL, who took him with the 68th pick of the eighth round.
Consequently, it paid huge dividends for Lammons. The New York Jets became the first AFL team to win a Super Bowl. Their victory also marked a significant moment in the history of pro football. Many credit the win with legitimizing the AFL as worthy of respect after the NFL’s initial dominance.
Pete Lammons’ nephew, Lance, also explained what will happen with the former football star’s Super Bowl and Texas championship rings.
“Pete wanted Jacksonville High School to have his Super Bowl ring and his National Championship ring from the University of Texas,” Lance Lammons said. “And, I am sure there will be some other memorabilia that the school will be interested in having for display.”