John Mackey

The Hall of Fame tight end helped revolutionize the position by blending speed and receiving ability over a 10-year pro career that included a <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="EVSPR000004" title="Super Bowl" href="/topic/sports/football/super-bowl-EVSPR000004.topic">Super Bowl</a> win in 1971 and changed the way tight ends were perceived. In his final years, stricken by dementia, he became a symbol of the brutality of football. He was 69. <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-john-mackey-20110708,0,2342124.story"><span class="center_label">Full obituary</span></a>

( Associated Press / March 13, 2014 )

The Hall of Fame tight end helped revolutionize the position by blending speed and receiving ability over a 10-year pro career that included a Super Bowl win in 1971 and changed the way tight ends were perceived. In his final years, stricken by dementia, he became a symbol of the brutality of football. He was 69. Full obituary

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