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John Mackey dies at 69; NFL Hall of Famer revolutionized tight end position
John Mackey dies at 69; NFL Hall of Famer revolutionized tight end position

John Mackey, who helped revolutionize the NFL's tight end position and whose post-football struggles with dementia became emblematic of the brutality of the game, has died. He was 69.Mackey died Wednesday in Baltimore after a 10-year battle with frontal temporal dementia, the Baltimore Sun reported.A former president of the NFL Players Assn., Mackey spent 10 seasons with the Baltimore Colts and San Diego Chargers, catching 331 passes for 5,236 yards and 38 touchdowns — including a 75-yard score on a tipped ball to help lift the Colts over the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl V in 1971."John laid the foundation on and off the field for modern NFL players," Ozzie Newsome, general manager...

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