AUSTIN, Texas — Jim Hudson, the former New York Jets safety who helped the team to its only Super Bowl title in 1969, has died. He was 70.
The team confirmed on its official site that Hudson died Tuesday in Austin, Texas. The cause of death was not disclosed.
Hudson was a starting safety against the Baltimore Colts, making a key play in the first half of the Super Bowl victory. The Colts were trailing 7-0 when they tried a flea-flicker from Earl Morrall to Tom Matte and back to Morrall, who looked for Jerry Hill near the Jets’ 10. Hudson stepped in front of the toss, ruining a potential scoring drive.
The former University of Texas player had six tackles in the 16-7 win, and finished with 15 career interceptions in six seasons with the Jets.
Hudson is the second member of the championship team to pass away in the last few months. Wide receiver George Sauer, Hudson’s former college teammate who caught eight passes from Joe Namath in the Super Bowl, died in May at 69.
Around the league
Cleveland: A former rookie linebacker for the Cleveland Browns has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and other charges in New Jersey.
Ausar Walcott was arraigned Thursday in Paterson, N.J. He is accused of punching Derek Jones in the side of the head outside The Palace Gentlemen’s Club in Passaic early Sunday. A prosecutor says Jones is in a medically induced coma at a New York hospital, where he’s listed in critical condition.
Walcott, 23, is being represented by a public defender while he attempts to hire an attorney. He is being held on $500,000 bail. The case will now go to a grand jury.
Walcott, who played for the University of Virginia, was signed by the Browns on May 13 following a tryout. The team released him Wednesday.
Dallas: Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent has been jailed in North Texas after failing a second drug test.
Court records in Dallas County show Brent tested positive for marijuana after submitting to a urine test last week. The test result is a violation of bond conditions imposed after being charged late last year with intoxication manslaughter.
Brent had failed an initial drug test in May.
He’s being held without bond pending a court hearing scheduled for July 19.
Authorities say Brent was driving Dec. 8 when he wrecked, causing the death of Cowboys practice squad player Jerry Brown. They say Brent’s blood-alcohol level was more than twice the limit of .08.
Minnesota: The Vikings signed veteran Desmond Bishop to a one-year deal to add much-needed help at linebacker.