Olympic gold medalist and former NFL wide receiver Johnny “Lam” Jones has died, the University of Texas Athletics announced on Friday. He was 60.
Jones was a member of the U.S. Olympic Track team and won a gold medal in the 4x100 meter relay in 1976, when he was 18.
Jones was also a celebrated college athlete. He played wide receiver and running back for the University of Texas Longhorns. He was named the MVP in 1978 and received All-American honors twice, in 1978 and 1979. Jones was inducted into the Longhorn Hall of Honor in 1994.
The Olympian was diagnosed with Stage 4 multiple myeloma in 2005. The University of Texas said he died “after a lengthy battle with cancer.”
"He will be sorely missed but certainly not forgotten," University of Texas football coach Tom Herman said.