By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
An official cause of death has not been announced yet. The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced his passing.
“He was a resilient man on and off the field — and someone that his teammates could always count on,” Hall of Fame president Jim Porter said in a statement.
He was the first player to sign with the New York Titans. Also, he was part of the New York Jets Super Bowl III winning team.
“He was the man our opponents worried about, the knockout punch. Lightning in a bottle,” NFL legend Joe Namath said in the Hall of Fame’s release. “Nitro just waiting to explode. I mean, he could fly. But with the grace of a great thoroughbred. The man could flat play. He galloped through the best of the very best football players of the world.”
Maynard played 13 seasons with the New York Titans/Jets organization. He also spent one season each with the New York Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals.
After spending one season with the Giants in 1958, he played the 1959 season with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the Canadian Football League. He then signed with the Titans before the 1960 season.
Maynard had 11,834 receiving yards in his career. He also had 70 rushing yards.
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