Legendary tight end John Mackey lost his ten year battle with frontal temporal dementia and passed away Wednesday night at age 69. He played for the Baltimore Colts and San Diego Chargers during his 10 year career. After his career, Mackey became the first president of the players union.
“John Mackey is still a leader. As President of the NFLPA he led the fight for fairness with brilliance and ferocious drive,” NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said on his Twitter account. “John Mackey has inspired me and will continue to inspire our players and define our institution. He will be missed but never forgotten.”
During his career, he caught 331 passes for 5,236 yards and 38 touchdowns. Mackey won Super Bowl V with the Colts and was named to five Pro Bowls. He was the second tight end to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.