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07 Jul 2011

Hall Of Fame Tight End John Mackey Dies

John Mackey, who revolutionized the NFL from the tight end position and the collective bargaining table, passed away at the age of 69 early Thursday morning. He had suffered from dementia for many years and was the main inspiration behind the NFL's "88 plan" to provide financial relief for ex-players suffering through the condition.

Posted by: Rivers McCown on 07 Jul 2011

8 comments, Last at 08 Jul 2011, 6:14am by Raiderjoe


by andrew :: Thu, 07/07/2011 - 12:04pm

That one touchdown he had vs. the Lions... where he ran over like six lions... is one of the greatest touchdowns I have ever seen...

by Aaron Brooks' Good Twin (not verified) :: Thu, 07/07/2011 - 1:55pm

It's not that hard to run over six Lions.

by Marko :: Thu, 07/07/2011 - 4:03pm

But he said "he ran over like six lions," not Lions. That would be pretty impressive. Although one wonders how they got onto the field.

by SandyRiver :: Thu, 07/07/2011 - 4:14pm

A lot more impressive then than it would be now (or at least pre-Suh.)

by Raiderjoe :: Thu, 07/07/2011 - 5:09pm

well loins were not stinky then so play was impressive when consider opoponent of Makcey

by andrew :: Thu, 07/07/2011 - 7:45pm

About the 2:50 mark of this video

And yes the Lions of that era had a very good defense.

by Southern Philly :: Fri, 07/08/2011 - 1:31am

For me the best part of that catch and run against the Lions is that the biggest hit he dished out was on a teammate.

by Raiderjoe :: Fri, 07/08/2011 - 6:14am

awful effort by hall of fammer dick lebeau ont hat play but not first time lebeau look bad on field. There si another oplay where he made veryy crappy try to tackle a guy. IT was on play going left to right on TV scrreen down the sideline on bottooom of screen. Cannot rmemeber which guy was runnign with ball