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sua sponteSponsor
2500+ posts
07/01/08 04:21 PM
Lam Jones very ill

J Scarbrough is reporting that Longhorn Hall of Honor member and Olympian Johnny "Lam" Jones is seriously ill in an Austin hospital. He was a tremendous football player at Texas and for the NY Jets, but anyone who saw his anchor leg on Lampasas HS's mile relay team at the State Meet truly witnessed one of the most amazing athletic displays in history
( literally..... and as many of you know, I'm not easily impressed.) The cat could fly.
God bless Johnny Lam.

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Punt on 1st Down
500+ posts
10/10/05 10:23 PM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

best wishes

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gobears92
500+ posts
10/10/05 10:23 PM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

God bless him!!!

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Texas Taps
25+ posts
10/10/05 10:27 PM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

Get well soon Longhorn

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VYFan
100+ posts
10/10/05 10:33 PM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

Once at the Texas Relays they had a special 100M field set up, with star sprinters. Lam won in what appeared on the scoreboard clock to be a world record. It was 9.8 or something. Then, they decided the time was unofficial for some reason and went to hand times, which were 9.9 or something, not a record. Anyway, I'll always remember that.




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WolandSponsor
1000+ posts
10/10/05 10:42 PM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

I remember watching him at a USA-USSR junior track meet. Absolutely amazing.




The Link

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bpcombs
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10/10/05 10:43 PM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

Brian Jones had Lam on his podcast last week, so I suspect the hospitalization is a recent thing. They did talk about the fact that he has been having some health problems.



Brian

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TomTerrificSponsor
2500+ posts
10/10/05 10:44 PM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

Hang in there Lam.

I wasn't old enough to see that anchor leg in the State track meet, but I knew/know a lot of people who did and the way they have always talked about it with such reverance it has gone down in Texas athletics lore.

They say he ran the Hill Country relays in Mason with bells on his shoes.

Probably the fastest guy ever to attend this school.




"Hit it where they mow" - Harvey Penick

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TexasStew
25+ posts
10/10/05 10:50 PM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

Fastest Horn ever, with a gold medal earned at the '76 Olympics in Montreal in the 4X100.

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Texas_Rocks
1000+ posts
10/10/05 10:54 PM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

A story of speed
Johnny "Lam" Jones was one of the best athletes in Texas school history, winning an Olympic Gold Medal before he ever entered the University as a freshman in 1976. Jones, from Lampasas, Texas, at one time ran the fastest 100 meters in the world. He was a four-year letterman in football, first as a running back and later as an all-American receiver in both 1978 and 1979. In track, he still holds three school sprint records with a 10.14 time in the 100 meters, a 9.21 time in the 100-yard dash and a 20.14 time in the 220. He was the second pick in the NFL draft in 1980, but injuries shortcircuited his career with the New York Jets.

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UTROCKSponsor
250+ posts
10/10/05 10:55 PM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

Does anyone know what is wrong with Lam? How about the hospital he is in? Can we start an online "get well card" that can be delivered to Johny? Man, we have to let him know that Longhorn nation is praying for him, and that he will never be forgotten. Let's make this happen.

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Tex Pete
2500+ posts
10/10/05 11:04 PM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

God bless you, Johnny!

I am praying for you.




Dan Fouts: Veni, vidi, vici.
Keith Jackson: Ahh, yes. How sweet the wine!

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Mr.Wizard
5000+ posts
10/10/05 11:06 PM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

Prayers.






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aero
25+ posts
10/10/05 11:15 PM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

Sad news indeed. Best wishes to him and his family.

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Orangesweat
2002 Omaha Challenge Champion
10/10/05 11:31 PM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

I looked up to him. He was one of my heroes. The era with Ham, Lam and Jam Jones was special. Godspeed

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RabidLonghorn
5000+ posts
10/10/05 11:53 PM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

Lets do a card from all of Hornfans.




Vince is so fast A&M thinks he has two twin brothers that all play at the same time.

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Bierman
2500+ posts
10/10/05 11:56 PM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: Orangesweat]

Lam

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gardere_owns_OUSponsor
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10/11/05 12:16 AM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

my prayers are with him.. really hoping he can come through this.

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caliHORNication
1000+ posts
10/11/05 01:02 AM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

God Bless Johnny "Lam".

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pmgSponsor
5000+ posts
10/11/05 01:20 AM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

I remember Lampasas scrimmaged us (McCallum) in his senior year; I was impressed that coach Royal was here at a HS scrimmage. I think Lam ran an 8.95 or 9.0 100 yard dash (yeah, we used to have the 100 yard dash) but it was later figured wind-aided. I used to see him on campus a lot as we were both freshmen that year, and he was one of the most impressive looking athletes in street clothes I've ever seen. Graceful.

I went to the Rice game that year, in Houston, and it was a joke. Toss the ball to Lam, beat the man to the corner and turn upfield. (I think maybe Raymond Clayborn was the other halfback.)




never mind.

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Texas27
25+ posts
10/11/05 02:40 AM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

Get well soon Johnny

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D70Horn
100+ posts
10/11/05 02:47 AM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

wishing comfort to Johnny Lam

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MojomarvelsSponsor
500+ posts
10/11/05 08:01 AM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

I was at that state track meet that year and couldn't believe what I was seeing. Johnny Lam is truly a Longhorn Legend!!

Get well soon Lam!!

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MesohornySponsor
2500+ posts
10/11/05 08:51 AM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

prayers




"It was a huge lick by Robison.
A long run by Wright.
And they're rejoicing in Hallelujah-land." - Keith Jackson

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CraigHorn
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10/11/05 10:00 AM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]







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Bob in HoustonModerator
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10/11/05 10:20 AM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

In reply to:

I used to see him on campus a lot as we were both freshmen that year, and he was one of the most impressive looking athletes in street clothes I've ever seen. Graceful.



My memory of the guy was watching him at football practice one day. The practice ended with a lap of the track. The team is coming around in a pack, somewhat slowly, considering it's the end of practice. Out of the corner of my eye, I see Lam coming around the pack. Everyone else is plodding, but it looked like he was floating above the surface. Just an incredibly talented athlete.

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QuadrySponsor
2500+ posts
10/11/05 10:35 AM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

:hookemrayers

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Bravehorn
100+ posts
10/11/05 10:44 AM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

Lam,Ham and Jam. Great memories.
Get Well Johnny Lam. The Longhorn Family is pulling for you and you are in our hearts and prayers. See you at the Rose Bowl. We are out to slay some Trojans.




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Edited by Bravehorn (10/11/05 10:47 AM)

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allweatherHorn
500+ posts
10/11/05 10:55 AM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

Get well soon.

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HausFrau
1000+ posts
10/11/05 11:41 AM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

Get well Lam - thanks for the wonderful memories of UT football you created!




Macht nichts

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hudsonhorn
25+ posts
10/11/05 11:51 AM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

Johnny Lam was and is special. A one of a kind athlete and a great person as well. Our best wishes to you, Lam!

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LongestHorn
2500+ posts
10/11/05 01:00 PM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

God bless him. Get well soon.





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TxTower
1000+ posts
10/11/05 01:00 PM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

Mr. Johnny Lam Jones,

As a fan who watched you play and a fellow Longhorn, you have my best wishes for a full and speedy recovery.

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texasstatedelrio
< 25 posts
10/11/05 02:28 PM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

My prayers are with Lam Jones and his family.

So what exactly is wrong with Johnny? Is he on his death bed?

Edited by texasstatedelrio (10/11/05 03:35 PM)

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TexanneSponsor
5000+ posts
10/11/05 03:36 PM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

I am so sad to hear this. Lam was one of my friends when I was in college. I remember he would always ask my friend and I if he could buy us a "Coke" at The Keg. Of course, the "Coke" he would buy us was a Rum 151-and.

It was Lam and Alfred Jackson who invited me to Earl's Heisman party after Earl got back from New York.

I treasure my memories of Johnny Lam Jones and will pray for his recovery. He will always be a special Longhorn to me.

To show you what kind of man he was, when he got back from the Olympics, he donated his gold medal to the Special Olympics.








"These are just simple Farmers. People of the land. The common clay of the new west. You know ... morons."

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TexanneSponsor
5000+ posts
10/11/05 03:36 PM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

I am so sad to hear this. Lam was one of my friends when I was in college. I remember he would always ask my friend and I if he could buy us a "Coke" at The Keg. Of course, the "Coke" he would buy us was a Rum 151-and.

It was Lam and Alfred Jackson who invited me to Earl's Heisman party after Earl got back from New York.

I treasure my memories of Johnny Lam Jones and will pray for his recovery. He will always be a special Longhorn to me.

To show you what kind of man he is, when he got back from the Olympics, he donated his gold medal to the Special Olympics.








"These are just simple Farmers. People of the land. The common clay of the new west. You know ... morons."

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TexozSponsor
2500+ posts
10/11/05 04:51 PM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

I'm pretty sure he was playing in the first UT game I ever saw in person here in Austin.

Ham, Lam and Jam were part of some great childhood memories for me.

Here's hoping he can outrun whatever is ailing him.

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TheRepublicOfTexas
100+ posts
10/11/05 06:01 PM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

I'm sure all of us, growing up and playing football in the front yard or on the vacant neighborhood lot claimed to be "Johnny Lam Jones" a few times. That name always brings back very pleasant childhood memories!

Hang in there Johnny, we are all praying for you!

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bartttu
250+ posts
10/11/05 07:49 PM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

From a Tech fan who is old enough to remember him,

Thoughts and prayers are with him.

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53 Veer Pass
25+ posts
10/11/05 08:33 PM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

I'll never forget his performance in the 1978 Sun Bowl. He had a great day and scored two TDs, one on a reverse and one on a perfectly thrown pass from Mark McBath.

Word is he has multiple myeloma, like Mike Campbell had. Very bad deal.

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tsquar
250+ posts
10/11/05 10:05 PM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

My prayer is that He please... help him get well...

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Texas Taps
25+ posts
10/11/05 10:37 PM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

Ex-star Lam Jones diagnosed with cancer

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The GnatSponsor
< 25 posts
10/11/05 11:12 PM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

Godspeed, Johnny Lam

A friend at work told me about the last leg he ran at the state championships. Amazing.




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Horn69
5000+ posts
10/11/05 11:31 PM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

During the Ohio St game I told my daughter and her friends about Lam, Ham and Jam.

That was a special time, and our thoughts and prayers are with Lam and his family.

Hook'em!!!




"We didn't have a lot of hype to go with this team," Teagarden said. "But we knew if we played Texas baseball – great defense and pitch well – we would win games."

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Oranjello
250+ posts
10/11/05 11:46 PM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

One of my heroes growing up. Prayers and best wishes.

Thanks for the article TT. If someone can get the info to someone involved in his treatment, a search at the National Institutes of Health website shows over 100 clinical trials currently ongoing for this condition. Hope the info is useful.
The Link




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coolhorn
500+ posts
10/12/05 12:01 AM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

I'm in on whatever we can do to help Lam, and let him know he's in all of our prayers.




"Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you!

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Mr.Wizard
5000+ posts
10/12/05 12:07 AM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

I am in also, will there be a collection on Sat. during tailgate?




You never promise crazy a baby.

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HornHuskerDad
500+ posts
10/12/05 08:48 AM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

Please include Lam in your prayers. Our God is a loving God, and will take care of us all, including Lam.

Lam, best wishes from your Longhorn family and friends.

HornHuskerDad

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MesohornySponsor
2500+ posts
10/12/05 09:18 AM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

from Texas Taps' link to the AA-S article:

In reply to:

Jones has been hospitalized the past week in Austin. Some former Texas teammates, including two-time All-American Johnnie Johnson, are working to put together a trust to help defray the cost of his medical bills. Jones is an independent salesman and does not have medical insurance. We’ll pass along details on the trust when we get them.







"It was a huge lick by Robison.
A long run by Wright.
And they're rejoicing in Hallelujah-land." - Keith Jackson

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imatexan
< 25 posts
10/12/05 10:56 AM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

I'm a die-hard Tech fan but I still remember my dad telling me stories about Lam Jones and his incredible performances both on the track and the football field. My dad has since passed, but I'll always remember how my dad's eyes would light up when talking about his incredible performance at the Texas Relays.

May God Bless you and heal you Mr. Jones. May God also give your family comfort during this trying time.

imatexan

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CLAHOOKEM
250+ posts
10/12/05 02:45 PM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

Our prayers go out to you and please let your Longhorn family know how we can help financially.

My Johnny "Lam" story is from a Dad's Day home game where as a member of the APO's I was on the field running the flag. This was the first year they were imposing a penalty if pre-game activities delayed the start of the game. Activities were indeed running long and Johnny Lam and team had already come out to receive the kickoff and the flag was still on the field. Our crew leaders yelled for us to "close" the flag which entails gathering material under our arms as fast as possible. Usually the section leaders would end up at the front of this line and would lead us off the field but the quick close caused us to fold at an angle and I ended up on the end. Everyone was yelling for me to just get off the field so I turned around...and ran headlong into Johnny Lam Jones, back to recieve the kick. He towered over me and I just bounced off of him like a flea! It took a long time to put the flag in the trailer and make my way up to the seats where my Dad was waiting....still chuckling, tears of laughter streaming down his face!

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CLAHOOKEM
250+ posts
10/12/05 02:48 PM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

Our prayers go out to you and please let your Longhorn family know how we can help financially.

My Johnny "Lam" story is from a Dad's Day home game where as a member of the APO's I was on the field running the flag. This was the first year they were imposing a penalty if pre-game activities delayed the start of the game. Activities were indeed running long and Johnny Lam and team had already come out to receive the kickoff and the flag was still on the field. Our crew leaders yelled for us to "close" the flag which entails gathering material under our arms as fast as possible. Usually the section leaders would end up at the front of this line and would lead us off the field but the quick close caused us to fold at an angle and I ended up on the end. Everyone was yelling for me to just get off the field so I turned around...and ran headlong into Johnny Lam Jones back to recieve the kick. He towered over me and I just bounced off of him like a flea! It took a long time to put the flag in the trailer and make my way up to the seats where my Dad was waiting....still laughing, tears of laughter streaming down his face!

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Sangre Orange
250+ posts
10/12/05 07:07 PM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

Prayers for you Lam. Hang in there.

Speaking from some experience, there's been a lot of progress in treating this illness. My dad lost his to it my sophmore year at UT (1992).

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93ex
100+ posts
10/12/05 09:42 PM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

God bless. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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elliotthorn
500+ posts
10/12/05 10:40 PM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

Sua Sponte said it best:

In reply to:

but anyone who saw his anchor leg on Lampasas HS's mile relay team at the State Meet truly witnessed one of the most amazing athletic displays in history
( literally..... and as many of you know, I'm not easily impressed.) The cat could fly.
God bless Johnny Lam.




My brother in law talked me into attending this event.

He said he had heard someone special was running.

Turned out to be the greatest sports event I ever saw in person.

And you should have heard the crowd as Lam turned the last corner, about to overtake the last runner......breathtaking...

And, Barry Switzer was all over Lam. Wanted him so bad for OU.

And it a great day it was when Lam decided to be a 'horn.

Let us all do a little to ease his burden, through prayers, and contributions.

best always to you, Lam.

e





*******

... to note the Sooners’ el-foldo in Miami is to simply say that they were emotional weaklings… TALENTED MENTAL MIDGETS, but midgets nevertheless. By Matthew Zemek | USC 55 ... Oklahoma 19 College Football News 1 4 2005

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daytonhornSponsor
1000+ posts
10/13/05 02:31 AM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

Some info on multiple myeloma

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MesohornySponsor
2500+ posts
10/13/05 10:05 AM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

He's now been placed in ICU at Brackenridge.

It's not looking good.




"It was a huge lick by Robison.
A long run by Wright.
And they're rejoicing in Hallelujah-land." - Keith Jackson

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LibertyValance
25+ posts
10/13/05 12:55 PM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

I remember one time I was listening to the game on the radio. I think they were playing Boston College up in Massachusetts (1976). The radio play-by-play man sad Lam was so fast he could run through a room full of rattlesnakes without getting bit.
I hoping for the best.

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UT Longhorn
500+ posts
10/13/05 05:37 PM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

Keep fighting Lam, we're all pulling for you.





Hook'em

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BevoetteSponsor
5000+ posts
10/13/05 06:00 PM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

Prayers. What an amazing player he was.




Hook'em ~..~
The Texas Longhorns - SIP 'ly the BEST

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drborangeSponsor
500+ posts
10/13/05 06:56 PM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

THANKS, GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU AND YOUR FAMILY




HOOKEM HORNS!!!!!!!!!

be careful of the words you use,because one day you may have to eat them.

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scallahorn
100+ posts
10/13/05 10:39 PM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

In our prayers and in our hearts.

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hjengo
250+ posts
10/13/05 11:50 PM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

Best wishes and God bless.




Just Do It Horns

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jblonghorn
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10/14/05 01:03 AM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

God bless you Jonny. Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family.

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smwhornSponsor
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10/14/05 09:07 AM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

Ham, Lam and Jam Jones. Prayers to Lam Jones family.




"Meet me in the Land of Hope and Dreams. . . . . "--Springsteen

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ChampKind
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10/14/05 01:42 PM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

It's all about Faith,Family,and Friends...Get Well,from a Sooner

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rotahorn
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10/14/05 05:19 PM
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My memory of Johnny Lam Jones was in the 8th grade and our Llano team was undefeated the whole year with Boyd Gray as our big guy. We went to Lampassas to play them because they too were undefeated. Even back then he would just take the pitch from the QB and run for the sideline and then up the sideline with no one able to get close to him. Incredible speed. May the Lord bless you and keep you, may He make His face shine upon you, Johnny.

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longhornbell
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10/15/05 06:10 PM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

God Bless, Johnny. Keeping prayers and good thoughts for you. Thank you for the memories and excitement you created with the 'Horns.

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10/16/05 12:46 PM
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In reply to:

My memory of Johnny Lam Jones was in the 8th grade and our Llano team was undefeated




i remember too... but i was only in the 3rd grade... damn he was good.

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UTROCKSponsor
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10/17/05 09:47 PM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

God Bless you Johny. You are in all of our prayers. Get well soon! We love ya' pal.

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PacSER
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10/19/05 09:05 PM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

In reply to:

For those who haven't heard, Lam Jones is in Brackenridge Hospital in Austin with a very serious form of cancer. Since he is an independent salesman, he has no medical insurance. Johnny made plenty of mistakes after leaving UT, but he had turned his life around. He made about $1,500 per appearance for speeches he made to high school kids, warning them about drugs and alcohol. He donated $500 of each fee to Special Olympics. Not only that, but he also donated the Olympic Gold Medal he won at the 1976 Olympics to the Texas Special Olympics. Now, he needs the help of the Longhorn family with the medical bills he is incurring.

I got an e-mail today from ex-LOnghorn wide receiver Ronnie Miksch, who is now a senior vice president at Frost Bank. He gave me the donation details so that we can help one of our own. Checks should be payable to the Johnny Lam Jones Medical Trust. Mail them to:

Frost National Bank
Financial Management Group
c/o David Redding, SVP
P.O. Box 2127
Austin, TX 78768

Please give as generously as you can. Hook 'em.


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Wrangler3
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10/20/05 11:29 AM
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'I see him beating the odds': Longtime friend believes Olympic gold medalist Johnny Jones can win battle against rare form of cancer
By JIM LOWE (www.lampasasdispatchrecord.com)
Staff Writer - When Mary Jones Dillon's only son, Johnny, was an elementary school student who liked football and track, she knew he possessed remarkable athletic ability.
"All his little friends used to say, `Johnny's going to play in the pros,'" she remembers.
But there was just one problem: his size.
"Johnny, you can't play football," his mother told him one day. "You're too small."
"Momma, but I'm fast," her son protested.
Unable to disagree with him on that point, she gave in. "OK," she said.
One can rest assured that Johnny's high school, college and Olympic track coaches are only too glad the son, not his mother, prevailed.
Johnny Jones would go on to become one of the fastest sprinters and football players in the world. After a brilliant career at Lampasas High School, he later became a gold medalist in the 1976 Montreal Olympics, an All-Southwest Conference football star at the University of Texas and a top pro draft pick for the New York Jets.
His greatest struggles in life, however, have not been on the athletic playing field, but off it.
For the past several weeks, Jones has been hospitalized at Austin's Brackenridge Hospital. There, he is in a race against time, as he battles multiple myeloma, a rare form of cancer that has attacked his blood and 90 percent of his bone marrow.
Last Wednesday, before daybreak, he was transferred to the hospital's intensive care unit. A sign on his door noted that only family members are permitted to see him.
But Jones has many friends and relatives pulling for him, and that ICU sign is largely ignored.

***

It's the following day, after the former Lampasas Badger star has been moved to ICU. The waiting room down the hospital corridor is full of people who have come to visit with the man who once clocked 9.1 seconds in the 100-yard dash.
His mother has gone to the cafeteria to get a bite to eat, a friend explains.
Over the past several weeks, Jones' other well-wishers have included his two sisters, Ammie Antoine-Bush of Killeen and Sandra Wilson, a Lampasas County resident. Jason Moreno, Jones' 30-year-old son, has fielded questions from the media, but he is not present now. Jones' daughter, Sonyett Bailey of McKinney -- like Moreno -- has been at the hospital a lot, but she is away today.
A former teammate of Jones at UT, Johnny "Ham" Jones, visits animatedly with someone across the room. Nearby, Travis County Sheriff Greg Hamilton -- a former quarterback at Killeen High School -- talks on a cell phone. High school teammate and longtime friend Randy Hairston also waits his turn to say a few words to Johnny.
In a lobby across the entrance to Brackenridge, Jones' mother later talks with a reporter. She is tired, having made the daily drive from Killeen to Austin. She is heartened by the good day Johnny has had. She will stay at home on Friday, she says, to catch up on some rest.
Two younger women -- one a cousin of Johnny's, the other a good friend -- step into the lobby to visit with Jones' mother. It is clear, they say, that Johnny does better when he is surrounded by friends and family, not isolated -- as the sign on his ICU room would have him to be. Johnny's mother readily agrees.
"Johnny is a people person," she says softly. "He loves people; he loves his friends."
In high school, when Jones caught the eye of the University of Oklahoma's Barry Switzer and Texas' legendary coach Darrell Royal, he was staying in Lampasas with his grandparents, the late Rev. Arthur and Mary Anderson.
At the time, his mother was in Lawton, Okla. There she served as the first black female deputy sheriff in the state of Oklahoma, a post she held for seven years. She also worked for a state district judge for eight years.
In October 1990, she took early retirement and returned to Texas.

***

Different friends and family members want Johnny to go to Houston's M.D. Anderson cancer facility, where he can receive specialized treatment. Mrs. Jones Dillon has her opinions, too, but she refuses to be drawn into the fray. The decision, she says, is her son's to make.
She turns to a less controversial topic: what life with Johnny was like when he was just a kid. The neighborhood children gravitated to his house, his mother explains. Besides football, Johnny liked to play marbles. A young girl did, as well, and some of the guys-only crowd were none too pleased by the prospect of co-educational marbles competition. They wanted to exclude the young female friend.
"Oh, let her play," Johnny said. His friends relented, if reluctantly.
Jones also enjoyed basketball. There was a goal in his back yard, but because of the many games played at the site, there was no grass. His mom did not mind, she said, because people are more important than a yard full of grass.
While Johnny clearly had a love of sports, Mrs. Jones Dillon says her daughter, Sandra, enjoyed gymnastics and basketball. Her other daughter, Ammie, liked books and writing and creative things. When Johnny and his Lampasas Badger teammates won the state track championship -- largely on the strength of Johnny's anchor leg in the mile relay event when he came from about 40 meters behind to win -- Ammie wrote a poem about the event. She also copyrighted it. "It's real good," says Mrs. Jones Dillon.
Now, almost 30 years later, Johnny's mother is simply trying to be available to her son as he battles for his life against cancer.
"We have trials in life," Mrs. Jones Dillon acknowledges. "You just take the bitter with the sweet. We don't know what His reason is for. It's not that God thinks you're good, or He thinks you're bad. It's just one of the trials you have."
She relates how her son told her: "You've got to pray, but you have to get up on the rooftop, because this is a big one. You're going to have to get up high to reach Him (for an answer)."
A project she is working on is compiling yet another scrapbook of her son's athletic exploits. A friend, the late Zula Tipton, "saved every clipping in every paper, I guess, that came out about Johnny."

***

Randy Hairston, like Jones, was a member of the Lampasas High School Class of 1976. His association with Jones goes all the way back to their youth baseball days. "Mrs. Anderson used to cook us fried chicken after our Little League games," says Hairston.
Just how good were those home-cooked meals?
"Oh, man!" exclaims Hairston.
An offensive tackle and a linebacker for the Badger varsity football team, Hairston remembers how then Oklahoma University coach Barry Switzer attended several of Lampasas' football games during Jones' senior year.
Texas' coach at the time, Darrell Royal, came to several practices and visited the team's locker room during Jones' last two years on the local campus, Hairston said.
Coaches from across the nation started paying attention to Jones as early as his sophomore year in high school, however.
"Johnny at times was leaning toward going to OU, but Coach Royal put on a rush at the last," recalls Hairston, who accompanied the Lampasas runningback on a recruiting visit to the University of Texas. "Everybody in Austin treated Johnny like he was the man," Hairston remembers.
Now an assistant manager for a Home Depot store in Austin, Hairston lives in nearby Bastrop. "Johnny is as good as gold," he declares. "He has some fantastic qualities."
For one thing, Hairston says, "He was always respectful of your parents when you brought him to the house. It was always: `Yes, sir,' and `Yes, ma'am.'"
Despite the fame Jones achieved, "He was never one to be in the limelight," Hairston said. "He hated it."
After the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, when Jones won a gold medal as a member of the United States' 400-meter relay team, sportswriters converged on Lampasas when Jones made a celebrated return to his hometown. Thousands of residents met him at the local airport, and Royal, who would coach Jones that next fall in the UT coach's final football season with the Longhorns, was present for the occasion.
When Jones and his friends met at a fellow athlete's residence, the sports reporters showed up.
Jones "didn't want to go outside and talk to the reporters," Hairston reminisces. "He wanted the rest of us to talk with them."
Though the Lampasas speedster drew crowds seemingly wherever he went, his idea of a good time in high school was to play pool or go fishing, Hairston said. "He wasn't into the fast pace. He liked to be out in the country with his friends, away from a lot of people."
When he entered college, though, "he had a lot of people wanting to be his friends for the wrong reasons. That was the start of his problems."

***

Like Hairston, another person in the Brackenridge waiting room who wanted to drop in on Jones was a former UT teammate, Johnny "Ham" Jones.
To help sort out the Joneses, Royal nicknamed Johnny Jones of Lampasas "Johnny Lam." Johnny Jones of Hamlin, Texas, was dubbed "Ham." When Anthony Jones arrived on campus in 1978, he became known as "Jam."
Jam wore the No. 24 burnt orange jersey, while Ham had No. 25. Johnny Lam wore No. 26.
"You couldn't find a better person than Johnny," Ham Jones said of his peer from Lampasas. Johnny "Ham," like Johnny Lam, lives in the Austin area. Ham coached at Austin McCallum High School for 12 years. He now teaches physical education at Lamar Middle School, and he also teaches driver's education for older students in the city.
Ham recounts how not long ago Johnny Lam told him: "We really need to get together, because we don't know when our health is going to go bad."
Lam Jones, his former teammate from Hamlin says, "doesn't worry about himself. He's concerned about other people."
An attractive woman standing next to Ham Jones interjects: "Johnny's had a lot of money, and a lot of people took advantage of him." Part of the problem was that the former New York Jets player did not invest his money the way he should have.
Though he could be bitter about his experiences, "He doesn't hold anything against anybody," she said.
But Ham recalls a conversation he had with Jones, who said, "I had a lot of friends when I had a lot of money, but now that I don't have any, I don't see that many (people) around."

***

It's 6 p.m., and several friends of Johnny Jones are congregated in the hallway around the corner from the ICU room in which he is staying.
Travis County Sheriff Greg Hamilton is to be in San Marcos in about an hour to speak at an awards banquet for his department. But he is not leaving the hospital yet. "I've got to speak to Johnny," the former Killeen High School quarterback says.
After Hamilton's high school career, he played at Southwest Texas State University for Coach Jim Wacker. Hamilton's mother and Johnny Jones' mother are best friends, he explains.
While everyone seems to remember Jones' incredible come-from-behind race in the Class AAA state track meet that catapulted the Lampasan into legendary status, Hamilton says he saw Jones top that feat at another meet.
The Travis County law enforcement official remembers how Jones was 300 yards behind the leader when he took the baton on the anchor leg of the mile relay event. "He came and got them," he recalls. In another incredible finish, he beat the previous leader in the race by a head.
"Every time I think of that I say, ‘My goodness,'" Hamilton said.
Of Jones, the former Killeen Kangaroo football star said, "He was phenomenal."

***

One of the most enduring friendships Jones has had is the one with former Lampasas Badger teammate Garry Milligan, now in his seventh year as an assistant football coach for Austin Lanier High School. Milligan, who played collegiate football at Texas A&M University, also coaches the boys' varsity soccer team at Lanier, and he teaches health and physical education.
"We've been best friends, and we remain best friends through the good times and the bad," says Milligan, as he keeps a watchful eye on his players during a practice session.
The first hint he had that all was not well with Jones came when Johnny injured his back in April. "The doctor said give it 90 days," Milligan recalls.
Every time Milligan would see Jones, "I'd plead with him to go to the doctor." But, having experienced lower-back pain himself, Milligan knew how slow to heal such injuries could be. Lower-back surgery does not have a high percentage of success either, he said.
For years, the two men have been fishing buddies.
The docks at Fayette County Lake near La Grange were a favorite fishing spot. There, the catfish and bass fishing was excellent. But there were other factors that made the times memorable, as well.
"We'd just sit and eat and talk and tell stories," says Milligan. "We'd sit on the dock till midnight." And even on those days when the two might fish all day and catch only one fish, Jones could not seem to get enough of the time. "He'd still want to stay," says Milligan.
Sometimes the conversation got so engrossing that when the two men did hook a fish, they were distracted long enough for their poles to be yanked off the dock and into the lake.
Though Jones may have held the edge in overall athletic ability during the years the two have known each other, Milligan enjoyed the upper hand at fishing. But elements of a friendly rivalry between the two sportsmen have long been evident.
"Every once in a while, he'd beat me and have bragging rights for awhile," concedes Milligan about Jones' fishing ability.
Says Milligan: "We compete on every single thing." That goes for pool, as well as fishing. Once, after the two had played almost 20 games of pool, the telephone rang. Jones was late for another commitment. "When are you going to take me to dinner?" his girlfriend asked him.
Jones hung up the phone. "Just one more game, Garry," he begged.
It's times like that Milligan remembers -- as well as the shared high school football experiences Jones and Milligan had in Lampasas.
What made the time special?
"Just playing together on the same team, being in the same huddle, just going through it together," answers the Austin Lanier offensive and defensive line coach.
Milligan played middle linebacker on defense and tackle on offense. He was a two-way starter from his sophomore through his senior year at LHS. Though it was the Badger line's responsibility to blow wide holes through an opponent's defensive line so Jones could scamper downfield, the swift runner was resourceful. Translated, that means he could slip through some small openings in the line, Milligan said. "He made us look like great blockers in those days," he admits.
Quarterback Lee Bridges -- who would go on to become a highly regarded high school football coach in Texas -- was good, but Jones' speed and good hands as a receiver did not hurt anything, either. "He would make Lee look like a passing quarterback," said Milligan, with a touch of admiration in his voice.
As good as Jones was, he still took some hard hits on the gridiron. Milligan recalls one such instance with amusement.
During one game, the Lampasas speedster scored three or four touchdowns. In the process, though, he suffered a concussion. After the game, Milligan and Jones were driving around a popular youth hangout, Storm's Drive-In restaurant.
"Garry, did we play a game tonight?" Jones asked his friend.
Remembers Milligan: "I said, ‘What are you talking about?'"

***

Good friends of Jones', such as Milligan and Lampasan David Gonzales -- the latter who roomed with Jones for a year in New York and worked for a friend of the Jets receiver -- have spent several nights with the Olympic gold medalist at Brackenridge.
"He'd be in so much pain, and it would ease at maybe 2 or 3 o'clock in the morning," Milligan says. "We would talk about how much fishing we were going to do, because we were supposed to grow old together."
It has been noted by different sportswriters -- and by Jones himself -- that problems with drugs and alcohol cut his professional football career short. In recent years, though, Johnny was credited with having turned his life around. He began a program called "Locker Room." Schools invited Jones to be an honorary member of their football teams for an afternoon. He was paid $1,500 per appearance, $500 of which he donated to Special Olympics. He would share some of the highlights of his athletic days, but also point to how drugs wreaked havoc on what should have been an outstanding professional career. He also talked about brushes with the law and spending time in jail.
An account published earlier this year in The Dallas Morning News said that Jones "often reminds himself of the pain he has caused others. His friends and family marvel at the punishment he inflicts on himself with his guilty conscience.
"It's not important that I forgive myself," Jones said. "What's important is the way I live my life now."
Milligan remembers vividly the day Jones came to him after he moved out of Dallas. Jones showed up at Milligan's house in Austin and said, "Garry, I need a place to stay." Milligan was happy to open his home to an old friend, but he did so with some clear understandings.
"I said, `I have zero tolerance for drugs or alcohol.'" Jones assured his longtime friend that there would be no problems. Milligan went the extra mile in other ways, though, too, attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings with Jones.
"Rich, poor, black, white, alcohol abuse has no discrimination," Milligan says.
Jones told Milligan he would check into a drug rehabilitation center on Austin's east side, and he followed through on that commitment. Jones spent two years with Milligan, as he got back on his feet. He later worked for his former Lampasas High School coach, the late Scott Boyd, at an automobile dealership in the Fort Worth area. Jones then worked with a company that installed all-weather tracks and artificial turf at high school campuses.
Milligan notes with pride that Johnny Lam has been sober for 15 years now.

***

It is no exaggeration to say that Johnny Jones is in the battle of his life, as he seeks to beat cancer -- an opponent that knows no level playing field.
Still, Milligan sees more than a few rays of hope.
"He's always been a competitor," he says of the former UT football and track star. ""He's not going to give up. We talk about life and death, and I say, `We have too much life in front of us. We have too many things to do.'
"I see him beating the odds. It's bad, and he knows it." But, says Milligan: "If anybody can do it, it's him. I always tell him he's like a cat with nine lives."
Milligan believes it is essential to have a positive frame of mind in such difficult circumstances. "I don't ever let him see me down. It's a heartbreaker."
The interview draws to a close. Milligan has to take the field again to watch his players as they work on their kicking game.
"I'd like for everyone to pray for him," he says of Johnny Lam. "Any prayer will do. It's in God's hands."

***

Mary Jones Dillon says her son "is just a person who loves people. He doesn't care what color or kind." One person who is rooting for Jones is Lance Armstrong, the internationally acclaimed bicyclist who has won the Tour de France an unprecedented seven straight times.
Armstrong, who won his own battle with cancer, called a friend of Johnny's mother who works at the University of Texas. Armstrong offered his assistance if Jones wanted to go to a hospital in Little Rock, Ark., which could offer specialized care for the kind of cancer Jones has.
Said Jones' mother with gratitude: "You don't know how it makes you feel to know how much someone cares about your child."

Last Friday, Johnny Jones was moved out of ICU to a hospital patient room. As of Sunday, his condition had stabilized, and the pain had moderated, through medication, according to Jones' longtime friend Garry Milligan.
Jones reportedly was weighing his medical options, including being transferred to Houston's M.D. Anderson Cancer Center; the facility in Arkansas mentioned by Lance Armstrong; or remaining in the Austin area, where he could receive treatment at Brackenridge on an outpatient basis.
People who would like to contribute to a special fund set up to help defray his medical expenses can do so by contacting Cathy Walker at the Lampasas High School athletic office at 512-556-2327. They also can do so in person. In addition, dropoff points have been set up at First Texas Bank (contact person: Diana Jackson) or The National Banks of Central Texas (contact person: Sally Yancy). Checks should be payable to Johnny Lam Jones Medical Fund.




Hook 'EM!

Edited by Wrangler3 (11/08/05 10:51 PM)

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XinTXSponsor
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10/22/05 12:22 PM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

Prayers and all the best to Johnny and his family

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I bleed maroon
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10/23/05 12:49 AM
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Get well soon, Lam!

I always liked the way that guy played. Fun to watch!

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KISS
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10/26/05 07:22 PM
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Geez, I hope he gets well soon. I sat next to his daughter in one of my journalism classes when I was a senior.

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bschorn
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10/29/05 01:46 PM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

My brother graduated from Bryan (Tx) High School in 1976 w/ Curtis Dickey (who went to aggy to play football & track) and he talked about the times that Lam & Dickey competed in high school track events from time to time w/ Lam always winning. as a matter of fact, Lam & Dickey were on the same '76 Olym team. ... And To Those Who Are Adding " Ham & Jam ", Don't Forget " Bam - Bam " - Steve McMichael

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Uninformed
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10/30/05 06:02 PM
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During the game the announcers mentioned that Lam Jones has "bone and blood" cancer. I assume what he really has is a hematopoetic cancer such as leukemia or lymphoma.




Hookem

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Wild BillSponsor
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11/05/05 12:44 PM
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In reply to:

I assume what he really has is a hematopoetic cancer such as leukemia or lymphoma.




I was thinking that too. Or worse, possibly multiple myeloma which is really bad. The bone marrow basically gets flooded by uncontrolled growth of Plasma cells and squeezes out the production of red cells, white cells & platelets.

My prayers are with him. Lam was the same year as me, and I would see him around Jester often. He was only about 5'10" and 170 lbs or so. But he had unbelieveable speed.

Please get well!

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Michigan Horn
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11/07/05 08:16 PM
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I read somewhere that he has myeloma. Not a good tumor to have. I wish him the best. He sure as hell was special to watch both on the football field and on the track.





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Edited by Michigan Horn (11/08/05 03:28 PM)

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stockjockSponsor
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11/10/05 10:27 PM
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Best wishes to Lam.

My father has multiple myeloma. He's had it since 1998. He's gone through a couple of sets of bone marrow transplants (he has been his own donor). It is a relatively rare form of cancer, but can be managed if found early enough. Unfortunately there is still no cure.

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Wild BillSponsor
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11/11/05 12:12 AM
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Very sorry to hear it is Multiple Myeloma..I'm praying for him.

Nice sig Mich horn! I was UTMB class of '84

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D70Horn
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11/17/05 12:43 AM
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wishing more strength and comfort to Lam Jones

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E-1 Jock 97
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11/20/05 10:14 PM
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Johnny LAM Jones - Austin 8 News

I don't know if it's been posted yet, but there's an article and short video coverage of Johnny LAM Jones from a few weeks ago. Prayers to him and his family/friends during this difficult time.





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hook'em_horns
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12/29/05 07:16 PM
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prayers to he and his family i hope he makes it.




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Orangesweat
2002 Omaha Challenge Champion
02/28/06 04:09 AM
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No updates in two months. I'm assuming no news is good news. Keep up the fight Johnny Lam.

*** No public updates. I'm sure the family knows what's going on. But he's still alive and that's great.****


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gobears92
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04/01/06 02:03 AM
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we love you buddy....prayers galore....

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Anonymous
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11/05/06 10:23 PM
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I met Johnnie for the first time, prior to the OSU game. He was selling photos of the UT Tower that he personally took after last year's championship game. I would like to purchase some of his photography, but don't know how to get in contact with him. If you can help, please send me an email @ stew4texas@yahoo.com...THANK YOU...TODD STEWART

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Anonymous
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04/06/07 04:06 PM
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I first met lam in 84 when he owned a few duplexes in s. austin off Scirocco He was married to a woman named Angela. What I rememberd most about lam was he was a very appoachable person. You know how some people who gain celebrity status they change but lam was not like that he just acted like a regular guy. Im praying for his speedy recovery god bless you lam!

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Orangesweat
2002 Omaha Challenge Champion
06/26/07 04:54 AM
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I think about him every time I drive through Lampasas. I'm in awe and am thinking to myself, "Wow, this is where Johnny Lam Jones grew up."




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07/23/07 01:34 AM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

Dear Hornfans,
Thanks for all the prayers! I really appreciate all the kind words and generous memories. Reading all the post brought tears to my eyes and reminded me of why I became a Longhorn in the beginning. Longhorns are just good people. Thanks for considering me one of your own! If you get a chance read my Thank You Letter on my Website atThe Link Thanks again! Oh, by the way your prayers are working. I think the Man up stairs might be a member of HornFans because my Cancer is in remission! Thanks again!




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BevoetteSponsor
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07/24/07 03:26 PM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

In reply to:

Cancer is in remission!







Hook'em ~..~
The Texas Longhorns - SIP 'ly the BEST

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MikeUT00Sponsor
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08/05/07 07:34 PM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

Great News!




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Chips & Sauce
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08/28/07 01:20 PM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

Prayers to you Lam.




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Anonymous
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11/09/07 07:29 PM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

Johnny was at school yesterday Lampasas high school i am a freshman this year its good too see him and walking around those of u that don't know him and his friends brought gold too us in the 4 x 400s and many other wins in other events Tom Lancaster are still on the record boards at LHS. Good too see you around and walking from your friends at lampasas we rember you

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Anonymous
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11/25/07 01:11 AM
Re: Lam Jones very ill [re: sua sponte]

I am so sorry to hear that Johnny "Lam" is not doing well. Johnny worked with me and is my friend. The last time we talked I was so impressed with his attitude. Johnny, I pray for you.

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