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Tom Janik; back turned interception of Namath into TD

Associated Press / November 26, 2009

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POTH, Texas - Tom Janik, a former AFL-NFL player who intercepted a pass by Joe Namath in 1968 and returned it 100 yards for a touchdown, has died. He was 69.

Vinyard Funeral Homes says Mr. Janik died Saturday in Poth, about 35 miles from San Antonio.

A defensive back and punter, Mr. Janik made 25 interceptions in eight AFL seasons with Denver, Buffalo, and Boston. The touchdown return against Namath and the New York Jets was one of six in Mr. Janik’s career.

He played one year with the Patriots after the AFL-NFL merger.

In college, he played one season at Texas A&M and three at Texas A&I, now Texas A&M-Kingsville.