Jacksonville Sporting Director speaks about Pete Lammon’s death

Our Alan Kasper met up with his friend Wayne Coleman, the sports director of Jacksonville High School, to learn more about the man.

JACKSONVILLE, Texas – Tragic news broke out in East Texas on Friday when it was revealed that Pete Lammons, former Jacksonville High School, the University of Texas and the NFL soccer star died during a fishing tournament. He was 77 years old.

In 2000, Lammons and his brothers organized a $ 5,000 annual scholarship in honor of their father. In order to focus on education, the soccer player could not receive the money until he could provide evidence that he had graduated from a four year university.

Our Alan Kasper met up with his friend Wayne Coleman, the sports director of Jacksonville High School, to learn more about the man.

The transcript of Coleman’s interview can be found below:

“He [Lammons] was just a great guy who happens to be a Jacksonville Indian.

In his sporting career he crossed paths with many great people. He played once for Bum Phillips here at Jacksonville High School. From here he went and played for Darrell Royal at the University of Texas and eventually played with Joe Namath in the NFL.

He was the kind of guy who had an incredible athletic career, lived a full life, and had some great stories. It was here in the early 60s, it was a great ending. The old pictures of the team from back then … you see this row of people over there and then you see Pete, you know he was a mountain of one man next to everyone back then. It’s fun to look back and see these things. Just to have the career he had, of course, you say what a special talent he was in high school.

He comes to town for all the special events … Pete came back to town for the opening of the tomato peel. A few years ago we had the NFL’s 50th anniversary of the NFL Super Bowl while the NFL was sending out gold footballs to all high schools and a Super Bowl player visiting, so Pete came back to town to have this athletic banquet and to celebrate present us the golden ball. Whenever something special comes up, he’s here to celebrate with us.

It is important to have these people so that your children have people to look up to, so that your children know that it is more than just a dream. There are ways for you to achieve your goals and when you see Pete’s picture on the wall you know it is possible for you, too.

We left the team’s meeting room this morning, we all went under the door with Pete’s shirt hanging over it, and talked to the kids about Pete that morning. You know we have been blessed with a lot of great athletes in Jacksonville, and people who have come from this town have something that our children can look up to is very important, and Pete will always be a part of it.

Pete was a great fisherman and died doing what he loved to do and when I spoke to Pete’s nephew today he said that Pete would have had no other way, that he would have passed it on if he passed on a fishing trip . He was such a fun-loving guy, every time we interacted with each other he had a smile and a funny story to tell and he never really traveled alone, he had friends he always traveled with. Pete has traveled the world and lived a full life and I think anyone who has ever had to be around him should be a friend to travel with him knows what a great guy he was. Many of us should look to Pete not only to see what he’s done in his athletic career, but also to see how he lived a full life. “

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