SABINE COUNTY, Texas (KTRE) - The identity of the man who died during a Major League Fishing event Thursday is confirmed to be that of former New York Jets tight end Pete Spencer Lammons Jr.
Lammons, 77, of Houston was competing at the Toyota Series at Sam Rayburn Reservoir event in Brookeland when the incident occurred.
According to information released by Major League Fishing, the boat Lammons was in was not running when the co-angler entered the water. At approximately 10:05 a.m. on Thursday, San Augustine County Game Warden Travis Fountain responded to a call about a fisherman that had fallen overboard on Sam Rayburn Reservoir near the San Augustine Park area. Attempts were made to rescue Lammons by his boater but were unsuccessful. Warden Fountain, along with the assistance of Wardens Austin Cryer and Doug Williams, was able to locate and recover Lammons’ body utilizing vessels equipped with side scan sonar. An autopsy has been ordered.
Lammons was an experienced co-angler. This Toyota Series at Sam Rayburn tournament marked the 57th career MLF tournament that Lammons had competed in.
Lammons also was a former NFL football player, who played tight end for the New York Jets from 1966-1971, including winning the AFL Championship with them in 1968 and Super Bowl III in 1969. He played in 95 games from 1966 to 1972, ending his career with 185 receptions, 2,364 yards and 14 touchdowns. Originally from Jacksonville, Lammons attended the University of Texas and led the Longhorns to a win over No. 1-ranked Alabama in the 1965 Orange Bowl.
A moment of silence will be held for Lammons before Friday’s weigh-in.