A Texas track and field legend, Olympic gold medalist and NFL receiver will make an appearance Friday at Henrietta High School, and again Saturday at the fourth annual Lyndon Laseman Memorial Fun Run.
Johnny “Lam” Jones will speak at an assembly in the Tyra Roper Auditorium. He will discuss issues he faced with drugs and alcohol during his college and professional football careers, and how he beat his addiction.
Jones earned the status of “legend” during the 1976 Class 3A State Track Meet by leading the Lampasas 4×100 relay team to a gold medal. Jones began the final leg in some 50-60 yards behind before overtaking the entire field for first place.
Jones competed in the 1976 Olympics, running the second leg of the gold medal 4×100 meter relay team, and placed sixth in the 100 meters.
Jones went on to play college football at the University of Texas, finishing his career ranked 10th on the Longhorn’s all-purpose yardage list with 3,042 yards. Jones is one of three Longhorns to register a 100-yard rushing game and a 100-yard receiving game. He averaged 28 receptions per season, and 18.9 yards per catch, and tallied 14 touchdowns.
The New York Jets drafted him in the second round in 1980, signing a $2.1 million contract, the first NFL contract worth more than $1 million. He played in the NFL through 1984.
Jones was diagnosed with Myeloma cancer in 2005. He is now in remission. He was inducted into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame in 2008.
Registration for the Lyndon Laseman Memorial Fun Run continues until 8 a.m. Saturday, May 18. The fun run will start at the J.W. “Dub” Laseman and Lyndon Laseman Athletic Field House, located behind the Henrietta High School football field, 1700 E. Crafton St.
The run includes a 1-mile, 5K and 10K course.
This year’s fun run benefits the Jolly Volunteer Fire Department, Edward’s Public Library Summer Reading Program, and will buy reserve grand champion buckles for the Clay County Junior Stock Show.
Entry fee is $25. The top three individuals in each division will receive medals. Participation ribbons will be given to all children.
For more information, contact Kim Laseman at (940) 782-7324, or (940) 720-7930 ext. 5003. Entry forms are available at www.lasemanfunrun.org and at various locations throughout Henrietta.