AUSTIN, Texas — A fighter and a Longhorn football legend, Johnny "Lam" Jones lost his lengthy battle with cancer Friday morning at age 60.

Texas Head Coach Tom Herman never had an opportunity to meet him, but he's well educated on 'Lam' Jones' accomplishments as a football and track star.

"He's a fighter, I know that," Coach Herman said.

"I wrote him a note early in the week, just to tell him, 'The thoughts and prayers of your Texas football program are with you.'"

Recruited by the late Darrell K. Royal out of Lampasas, Texas, 'Lam' Jones was a track star and two-time All-American in football. Jones was also a U.S. Olympian sprinter, winning a gold medal in the 1976 Olympics as a member of the USA 4x100 relay team.

"Just like all of the other greats that have come through here, this is his program. He'll be sorely missed, but certainly not forgotten" Coach Herman said.

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