• January 23, 2022
 UTEP – Legendary Miner Don Maynard Passes Away

UTEP – Legendary Miner Don Maynard Passes Away

Don Maynard, the only UTEP player in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, has passed away at the age of 86. 

Maynard played for Texas Western from 1954-56.  He caught only 26 passes, but averaged an astounding 27.6 yards per reception with 10 touchdowns.  A halfback, Maynard also rushed for 843 yards on 154 carries (5.5 avg.) with nine TD’s, while returning punts (21-250) and kickoffs (12-275).  All told, he tallied 2,283 all-purpose yards and also excelled on defense, recording 10 interceptions as a safety.

A native Texan, Maynard was born in Crosbyton.  He attended five high schools in Texas and New Mexico and started his college career at Rice before setting foot on the Texas Western campus.

He played on two Sun Bowl teams at Texas Western.  The Miners beat Florida State, 47-20, on January 1, 1955, and lost to George Washington, 13-0, on January 1, 1957.  He was first team All-Border Conference in 1956.

Chosen by the New York Giants in the ninth round of the 1957 NFL Draft, Maynard went on to become one of the league’s most prolific receivers.  He played for the Giants (1958), New York Jets (1960-72) and St. Louis Cardinals (1973).  He became the first player in NFL history to accumulate 10,000 yards receiving and went over 1,000 yards receiving in five separate seasons – 1960 (1,265), 1962 (1,041), 1965 (1,218), 1967 (1,434) and 1968 (1,297).

Maynard notched six catches for 118 yards and two touchdowns in the 1968 AFL Championship Game, and later led the Jets to a shocking upset of Baltimore in Super Bowl III.

He held pro records for catches (633) and yards (11,834) at the time of his retirement, and was a four-time AFL All-Star and a member of the All-Time AFL Team in 1969.  He averaged 18.7 yards per catch with 88 touchdowns at the pro level.

Maynard was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987.  He was a member of UTEP Athletics’ 2004 Hall of Fame induction class.

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