DON MAYNARD

DON MAYNARD

Class of 1987
Wide Receiver >>> 6-0, 180
(Texas Western)
1958 New York Giants, 1960-1972 New York Titans/Jets, 1973 St. Louis Cardinals

Donald Rogers Maynard. . .First signee of 1960 AFL Titans. . . Caught career-high 72 passes, 1960. . .Went over 50 catches, 1,000 yards receiving five different seasons. . . Named to all-time AFL team, 1969. . . Played in three AFL All-Star games. . .Teamed with Joe Namath to form dynamic pass-catch duo. . .Career stats: 633 receptions for 11,834 yards, 18.7-yard average, 88 TDs, 532 points. . .Born January 25, 1935, in Crosbyton, Texas.

Don Maynard took an odd road to stardom. It began with four productive years at tiny Texas Western College, where he was a two-time All-Border Conference halfback and track star. He was a future draft pick of the New York Giants in 1957, but played only the 1958 season with the team before moving to Hamilton in the Canadian Football League In 1959.

A year later, he became the first player to sign with the new American Football League’s New York Titans, a team that would later change its name to the Jets. The young New York team struggled for several seasons before they attained any level of respect.

Maynard, who was never known as a precise pattern runner, often had to “improvise” as one of his team’s constantly rotating crop of quarterbacks scrambled for his life. In 1965 quarterback Joe Namath arrived on the scene and the resulting chemistry that developed between the two proved to be the perfect mix.

While Maynard was a frequent standout for the Jets, he had his biggest day in the 1968 AFL Championship Game that preceded the Jets' stunning upset of Baltimore in Super Bowl III. In New York's 27-23 victory over Oakland, Maynard caught six passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns. His 14-yard grab in the first period gave the Jets the lead and his six-yard catch in the fourth period proved to be the game winner.

Although he never led the league in receiving any one season, at the time of his retirement following the 1973 season, Maynard was one of only five players to record more than 50 receptions and more than 1,000 receiving yards in five different seasons. A four-time AFL All-Star, his 633 career catches for 11,834 yards were both pro records at the time.

Year
Team
G
No.
Yds.
Avg.
TD
1958 New York
12
5
84
16.8
0
1960 New York (A.F.L.)
14
72
1265
17.6
6
1961 New York (A.F.L.)
14
43
629
14.6
8
1962 New York (A.F.L.)
14
56
1041
18.6
8
1963 New York (A.F.L.)
12
38
780
20.5
9
1964 New York (A.F.L.)
14
46
847
18.4
8
1965 New York (A.F.L.)
14
68
1218
17.9
14
1966 New York (A.F.L.)
14
48
840
17.5
5
1967 New York (A.F.L.)
14
71
1434
20.2
10
1968 New York (A.F.L.)
13
57
1297
22.8
10
1969 New York (A.F.L.)
11
47
938
20.0
6
1970 New York Jets
10
31
525
16.9
0
1971 New York Jets
14
21
408
19.4
2
1972 New York Jets
14
29
510
17.6
2
1973 St. Louis
2
1
18
18.0
0
Career Total
186
633
11834
18.7
88
Additional Career Statistics: Rushing: 24-70; 2 Point Conversions: 2; Punt Returns: 26-132; Kickoff Returns: 14-343

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