By Anthony Caruso III | Editor

Former NFL player Don Maynard has died. He was 86 years old.

An official cause of death has yet to be announced. The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced his passing.

Death (Photo by Pixabay)

“He was a resilient man on and off the court – and someone his teammates could always count on,” Hall of Fame chairman Jim Porter said in a statement.

He was the first player to sign with the New York Titans. Additionally, he was part of the New York Jets’ Super Bowl III winning team.

“He was the man our opponents were worried about, the knockout blow. Lightning in a bottle,” NFL legend Joe Namath said in the Hall of Fame statement. ‘to explode. I mean, he could fly. But with the grace of a great thoroughbred. The man could play flat. He galloped among the best of the best football players in the world.

Maynard played 13 seasons with the New York Titans/Jets organization. He also spent one season each with the New York Giants and St. Louis Cardinals.

After spending one season with the Giants in 1958, he played the 1959 season with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. He then signed with the Titans before the 1960 season.

Maynard had 11,834 receiving yards in his career. He also had 70 rushing yards.

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