George Sauer, a former wide receiver for the New York Jets who played in important part in his team’s win in Super Bowl III, passed away on Tuesday (May 7) at the age of 69.
Sauer’s sister, Dana Keifer, confirmed his passing to the New York Times, telling the publication that the cause of death was congestive heart failure. She says that the athlete, who quit football at the end of the 1970 season at 27, had been struggling with Alzheimer’s disease prior to his death.
After quitting the NFL at the peak of his career, Sauer would go on to speak ill of professional football, calling it “a grotesque business” meant to “mold you into someone easy to manipulate” in an interview with the Times in 1981.
Sauer married and divorced several times. His sister is his only immediate survivor.