Two news stories have come in recently, and I've been able to pull it together once again to get them out to all of you. The first story comes from Gary Corbitt reminding us of Oscar Moore and his wonderful career. The second story details the passing of Johnny "Lam" Jones, one of the great line of Texas sprinters.
Johnny "Lam" Jones, a two sport All-American at the U. of Texas, passed away March 15, 2019, and left a legacy of promise, greatness, and disappointment. From Lampasas, Texas, he received the nickname "Lam" from U. of Texas football coach Darrell Royal who had two John Jones on his team. The other Jones from Hamlin, Texas got the nickname "Ham". Johnny "Lam" Jones was an outstanding high school sprinter in 1976 making the US Olympic team with times of 9.21 for 100 yards and 10.14 in the metric distance. He finished sixth in the 100 meters at Montreal and ran the second leg of the gold medal 4x100 team. He would later donate his gold medal to Special Olympics, an organization he supported. He died at the age of 60 with bone marrow cancer. He was was also the MVP of the U. of Texas football team and an All-American in that sport.
Montreal 1976 4x100 Harvey Glance, Johnny Jones, Millard Hampton, and Steve Riddick
103 yard kick off runback against SMU in 1978
Drafted after his senior year by the New York Jets, he was the first million dollar NFL draftee. But his career was injury filled and he was out of the game in five years. He had several legal issues after his NFL days but managed to turn his life around. For a detailed review of his life and his career, you can read the New York Times obituary by Frank Litsky and William McDonald.
Johnny "Lam" Jones