Former Jets WR George Sauer dies at 69

Published On: May 11 2013 12:39:44 PM EDT
WESTERVILLE, Ohio -

George Sauer, a wide receiver on the New York Jets' only Super Bowl championship team, has died. He was 69.

The Moreland Funeral Home in Westerville said he died Tuesday after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease.

Sauer played a key role in the Jets' 16-7 win over the Baltimore Colts in the 1969 Super Bowl. He caught eight passes from Joe Namath that day in one of the greatest upsets in pro football history.

He played for the Jets in the AFL and then the NFL from 1965-70. He was chosen to four all-star teams and was a two-time All-Pro. In 84 games, he caught 309 passes for 4,965 yards and 28 touchdowns.