Death of John Mackey

September 24, 1941 - July 6, 2011
Baltimore, Maryland | Age 69

Ex-Baltimore Colts Hall of Famer dies at 69
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The Associated Press

BALTIMORE (AP) — John Mackey revolutionized the tight end position, his incomparable ability to catch passes off the line of scrimmage helping to usher the NFL into the pass-happy modern era.

After his retirement, Mackey remained on the forefront of change in professional football. He pushed for better health care and championed the cause of former players, even as he battled the dementia that ultimately forced him into an assisted-living facility.


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