Hall of Fame wide receiver who won Super Bowl with Jets Don Maynard dies at 86

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Don Maynard, a professional Football Hall of Fame wide receiver who was a member of the New York Jets team that won Super Bowl III, has died at the age of 86. Le Hall announced Maynard’s death on Monday afternoon, saying he was “a resilient man on and off the pitch – and someone his teammates could always count on.”

Maynard’s first taste of the NFL came as a member of the Giants as a ninth round pick in 1957. However, his tenure with the team didn’t last long as he was released during camp. training in 1959. He then spent time in the CFL before becoming the first player to sign with the AFL New York Titans (eventually renamed to Jets) in 1960.

From there, Maynard enjoyed a 13-year career and was a member of the Super Bowl III championship team. He’s a member of the AFL’s all-time squad and his retired No.13, one of five New York Jets to have that honor. Maynard was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987.

Maynard – a prime target for Joe Namath – ended his career with 633 receptions and 11,834 yards, both of which were all-time records at the time. When he retired in 1973, he was one of five players to have over 50 receptions and over 1,000 yards in five different seasons. To date, Maynard ranks 31st on the all-time receiving yards list, which is an impressive achievement considering the passing game has grown significantly since he last played. .

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