Former New York Jets player dies in a fishing accident

The 77-year-old's cause of death has not been determined
Originally Published: 01 MAY 21 14:42 ET

(CNN) — A former player for the New York Jets died in an accident during a fishing tournament in Texas on Thursday, according to tournament officials and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Pete Lammons, 77, played six seasons for the Jets, including in Super Bowl III, according to a statement posted on the team’s website.

Lammons fell overboard from a boat on Thursday morning while participating in the Toyota Series event at Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Brookeland, Texas, Major League Fishing said in a statement posted on their website. He was an “experienced co-angler” and had participated in 57 tournaments for MLF, according to the statement.

An autopsy will be conducted to determine Lammons’ cause of death, TPWD said.

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Pete Lammons,don Shinnick

File-This Jan. 12, 1969 file photo shows New York Jets Pete Lammons (87) getting tackled during the Super Bowl in Miami, Fla. Lammons, a tight end on the New York Jets’ Super Bowl-winning team in 1969, has died in a boating accident. He was 77. Major League Fishing announced in a statement Friday, April 30, 2021, that Lammons was participating in a fishing event on the Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Texas on Thursday morning when he slipped while boarding a boat, fell into the water, and drowned. (AP Photo/File)