Hall Of Fame: Don Maynard Death Cause And Obituary

The Pro Football Hall of Fame confirmed Maynard’s death on Monday through his family. We extend our prayers to the bereaved family and relative, and may his soul rest in heaven.

In the past few months, we have lost other players too out of dementia. The legend was born on January 25, 1935, in Crosbyton, Texas. He was 86 years old at the time of his death.

Don attended 13 schools, including five high schools. As a senior at Colorado City High School in Colorado City, Texas, he lettered in football, basketball, and track.

Maynard became the first player to sign with the New York Titans in 1960. In 1965, he was teamed with rookie quarterback Joe Namath. Besides, his NFL career, he went on to participate in many charitable events. 

Towards the end of his life, he lived in both El Paso and in Ruidoso, New Mexico to be close to his son and daughter, and two grandchildren. His son was also a coach in the Canadian Football League. 

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How Did Don Maynard Die?

Don Maynard died out of numerous health issues and dementia as per, his son, Scot. Maynard was the main target for Namath with the New York Jets, though he has leg injuries.

Maynard played for the New York Jets and was Joe Namath’s favorite target. He was a member of the Super Bowl III champions. He was also on the other side of a game in football history.

He played mostly on special teams and was the first player to touch the ball, on a kick return, to start the famous overtime period of “The Greatest Game Ever Played.”

Learn About Don Maynard Wife & Net Worth 2022

Don Maynard was married to his wife Marilyn (Weaver). The couple met when Marilyn was a student at Texas Western. They tied the knot in December 1955 after his junior season.

She predeceased him. The former football players’ estimated net worth is $1.5 million. However, he has left his fortune to his children probably. He remained with the Jets until 1972.

He got retired after one year with the St. Louis Cardinals. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1987. He said, “Longevity is the key. The record I’m proudest of is being the first guy to get 10,000 yards in receptions.