The Jets announced former LB Larry Grantham, a Ring of Honor member and Super Bowl III champion, has died at age 78.
Grantham opted to join the AFL's New York Titans despite being drafted in the NFL by the Baltimore Colts in 1960. The Titans became the Jets in 1963, and Grantham would stay with them until his retirement in 1972.
He was the starting linebacker for the Jets' Super Bowl III championship team where he called all the plays on defense. Grantham played in 175 career games, and was a five-time AFL All-Star and a five-time all-NFL selection.
Battling alcoholism and throat cancer, Grantham put up his Super Bowl ring for auction in 2009 to try paying off his medical bills. Freedom house, an addiction rehabilitation center, helped raise money for him so that he could keep the ring instead.
In 2011, the Jets inducted Grantham into the Ring of Honor.