- John Mackey (American football)
birthdate=birth date and age|1941|9|24
New York City, New York
* Baltimore Colts (1963-1971)
San Diego Chargers(1972)
Pro Bowlselection (1963, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968)
All-Proselection (1966, 1967, 1968)
NFL 1960s All-Decade Team
John Mackey (born
September 24, 1941, New York City, New York) is a former American Football tight endwho played for the Baltimore Colts (1963-1971) and the San Diego Chargers(1972). He starred collegiately at Syracuse University.
In 1963, Mackey joined Colts and by 1966, had revolutionized the position of tight end in the NFL. That season, of the nine touchdowns he compiled, six were scores of more than 50 yards, and he served as one of
Johnny Unitas' primary receivers. Twice Mackey compiled season averages of more than 20 yards a catch, and his 10-year career average of 15.8 is considered remarkable for a tight end.
uper Bowl V
Super Bowl Vplayed January 17 1971, Mackey was a principal in one the most famous plays in NFL championship history, catching a pass from quarterback Johnny Unitasafter the ball first bounced off the hands of receiver Eddie Hintonand then grazed the fingertips of Cowboys All-Pro defensive back Mel Renfro. The ball caromed further downfield into the waiting arms of Mackey, who ran untouched for a (then) Super Bowl-record 75-yard touchdown reception. The Colts won the game, 16-13, on Jim O'Brien's 32-yard field goal with five seconds left.
In 1992, Mackey became the second pure tight end to be inducted into the
Pro Football Hall of Fame. Mike Ditkaof the Bears had been the first one four years earlier. It has been speculated that Mackey's actions as a high-ranking member of the players' union may have led to the delay in his election. In 1999, he was ranked number 48 on " The Sporting News"' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players, the highest-ranking tight end.
In 2000, the
Nassau County Sports Commissioncreated the John Mackey Awardwhich annually honors the top division 1-A collegiate Tight End. He was inducted into the Nassau County Sports Hall of Famethat same year.
On September 15, 2007,
Syracuse Universityretired #88 in Mackey's honor.
Post-football career problems
Mackey suffers from
frontotemporal dementia, which makes him particularly protective of personal possessions and suspicious of anyone who tries to control his actions. This led to a highly publicized incident in 2005, when airport security screeners asked Mackey to remove one of his rings and he flew into a rage. Mackey was handcuffed, detained and later hospitalized as a result of the incident. During the 2006 NFL season, Mackey was reported by family members to be confused and angered when seeing Indianapolis Coltswide receiver Marvin Harrison, who wears the same #88 jersey that Mackey used to wear. [ [http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/bal-sp.steele29jan29,0,5792473.column?track=rss Baltimore Sun] ]
*"Pro Football Hall of Fame:" [http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/member.jsp?player_id=138 Member profile]
* [http://www.baltimorecoltsmania.com Most updated Baltimore Colts site]
* [http://www.footballcardgallery.com/player/John+Mackey/ John Mackey football cards]
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