Johnny “Lam” Jones, a storied Texas Longhorns multi-sport athlete from the late 1970s, has died. Jones passed away at 60 years old after a battle with myeloma cancer.
Jones was a running back and wide receiver for the Longhorns, named to the Sporting News All-American team in 1979. He was a two-time All-Southwestern Conference player as a junior and senior.
In 1980, he was selected by the New York Jets as the No. 2 overall pick. He went on to a seven year NFL career, finishing with brief stints on the San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys.
Jones caught 138 passes for 2,322 yards and 13 touchdowns in the NFL.
Johnny “Lam” Jones’ bigger impact as an athlete was in track and field, where he won Olympic gold.
In 1976, as an 18-year old, he competed in the Montreal Summer Olympics. He was a member of the gold-medal winning 4×100 meters relay.
Jones ran the second leg, setting a world record at 38.33 seconds in the race. He also finished sixth in the 100 meter spring in those Olympic Games.
Jones was inducted to both the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame, and the Texas Track and Field Coaches Hall of Fame.
Our thoughts go out to his family, and everyone else affected by his passing.