New York Jets star and professional football Hall of Fame member Don Maynard dies at 86
And by the time of his retirement in 1973, Maynard’s career receptions (633) and yards received (11,834) were league records, according to the Hall of Fame. He also amassed 10,000 yards receiving ahead of any other professional player.
“After playing for a while, anyone can break certain records,” Maynard said, according to the Hall of Fame. “Longevity is the key. The record I’m most proud of is being the first guy to get 10,000 receiving yards. Others can do it, but I’m the first, and only one guy can be the one. first.”
“Our Professional Football Hall of Fame family mourns the passing of Don Maynard,” said Hall of Fame President Jim Porter. “He was a resilient man on and off the pitch – and someone his teammates could always count on.”