Former Raiders star Warren Wells, a gifted however troubled vast receiver whose transient profession was derailed by a jail sentence, has died at 76.
NBC Sports activities Bay Space first reported Thursday that Wells died of congestive coronary heart failure in Beaumont, Texas.
Wells teamed with Corridor of Famer Fred Biletnikoff and quarterback Daryle Lamonica to offer Oakland essentially the most feared passing assault within the American Soccer League from 1968-70. The speedy Wells led the AFL in landing catches with 11 in 1968, after which once more with 14 in his spectacular 1969 season that included 47 catches for a whopping 1,260 yards (26.eight yards per catch).
Points with alcohol led to the demise of Wells’ profession simply as he was ascending to stardom. Police arrested Wells within the locker room after the 1971 Professional Bowl in Los Angeles for a probation violation from a conviction two years earlier for aggravated assault. He had initially been charged with rape.
Wells missed the 1971 season whereas serving a 10-month jail sentence. Regardless of a later try to re-start his profession with the Raiders, Wells would by no means play soccer once more.
The previous Texas Southern standout started his skilled profession with the Detroit Lions in 1964, however off-field points contributed to the Lions letting him go after one yr. Wells then joined the Military for 2 years earlier than Raiders proprietor Al Davis gave the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder one other shot. Wells’ spectacular time in Oakland included an AFL title and Tremendous Bowl berth in 1967.
He wound up catching 156 passes for 3,364 yards and 42 touchdowns whereas with the Raiders. His 23.1 yards per catch for his profession was an NFL file for years, till the factors was modified to a minimal of 200 profession receptions.
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