Former Jets Player Died
George Sauer, former wide receiver for the New York Jets, died on May 7 at the age of 69 at Manor Care Health Facility in Westerville, OH. The former pro football player had succumbed to congestive heart failure, but had also been suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease in recent years, according to his sister, Dana Keifer.
He was best known for his role in Superbowl III, where the Jets bested the Baltimore Colts. Sauer retired from the game in 1970, at the age of 27, because he had come to hate the life of a football player. He felt like the players were not treated like the adults they were, but like adolescents, being told everything from when to eat to when to sleep. Because of these beliefs, Sauer walked away at the height of his career.
After he left the Jets, he did a short stent with the World Football League in 1974, followed by a being an associate coach for the American Football Association’s Carolina Chargers. He eventually turned to the craft of writing, penning novels, book reviews and essays. His survivors include numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and one sister. His funeral services will be private.