Former New York Jets tight end Pete Lammons died Thursday in a boating accident in Texas. He was 77.
The Jets said Lammons drowned at the start of a Major League Fishing tournament on Sam Rayburn Reservoir, located two-plus hours northeast of Lammons’ Houston residence.
Lance Lammons, nephew of Pete, told the Jacksonville (Texas) Progress that his uncle tripped on the dock as he was about to board the boat. He said his uncle hit the boat and fell into the water and was unable to be saved.
The nephew said Pete Lammons recently had two stents put into his heart, according to the publication.
Pete Lammons was a member of the famous New York Jets team that upset the heavily favored Baltimore Colts 16-7 in Super Bowl III at the end of the 1968 season. He caught two passes for 13 yards in the game.
Lammons played six seasons with the Jets (1966-71) and finished his career with the Green Bay Packers in 1972. He caught 185 passes for 2,364 yards and 14 touchdowns in his 95-game NFL career.
He was a Pro Bowl selection in 1967 when he caught a career-best 45 passes. He also had 515 yards that season, second to the 565 he compiled a season earlier as a rookie.
Lammons played college football for Texas from 1963-65 and was a member of the school’s 1963 national championship team. He caught 47 passes for 706 yards and five touchdowns and was inducted into the Texas Athletics Hall of Honor in 2002.
–Field Level Media