A former NFL player who won an iconic Super Bowl alongside Joe Namath drowned during a professional fishing tournament in Texas, officials say.
Pete Lammons Jr. died Thursday after he fell overboard during a Major League Fishing tournament at Sam Rayburn Reservoir in East Texas, officials say. He was 77.
The boat was not running when Lammons fell into the water about 10 a.m. Thursday during the Major League Fishing Toyota Series. His boater was unsuccessful in rescuing him, officials say.
Lammons’ body was found using sonar and his identity was released Friday. An autopsy is scheduled.
Before entering the NFL, Lammons, a native of Jacksonville, Texas, played football for the University of Texas, winning a national championship over top-ranked Alabama in the 1965 Orange Bowl.
He played tight end for the New York Jets from 1966 to 1971. Lammons helped the Jets defeat the Baltimore Colts 16-7 in the 1969 Super Bowl in a victory regarded as one of the greatest upsets in American sports history.
According to Major League Fishing, Lammons was an experienced co-angler and competed in 57 tournaments in the professional league.
A moment of silence was scheduled to be held Friday at the tournament.