Pete Lammons, the starting tight end on the New York Jets’ Super Bowl III championship team, tragically lost his life on Thursday in a boating accident in Texas, according to authorities. He was 77-years-old.
Lammons, an avid fisherman, was said to have fell overboard at the dock while preparing for a fishing tournament. His body would soon be recovered by vessels using sonar, but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful, according to MLF Toyota Series at Sam Rayburn Reservoir near Brookeland, Texas.
After starring at Texas and winning the 1963 National Title, Lammons was picked by the Jets in the eighth round of the 1966 AFL draft. He played with the Jets through 1971 and finished up his career with the Green Bay Packers in 1972.
He finished his career with 185 receptions for 2,364 yards and 14 touchdowns.
“We lost a great Longhorn with the passing of Pete Lammons, a three-year letterman (1963-65), consensus All-SWC honoree, 1963 National Champion, Super Bowl III Champion and 2002 Texas Hall of Honor inductee,” Texas said. “Sending our condolences to his family, friends and Longhorn Nation.”