John Mackey (September 24, 1941 July 6, 2011) was an American Football tight end who grew up in Hempstead, Long Island and played for the Baltimore Colts and the San Diego Chargers (1972). He played college football at Syracuse University. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1992. Mackey joined the Colts in 1963 and had revolutionized the position of tight end by 1966. During the 1966 season, of the nine touchdowns he compiled, six were scores of more than 50 yards, and he served as one of Johnny Unitas' primary receivers in Unitas' later years of his career. Twice Mackey compiled season averages of more than 20 yards a catch, and his 10-year career average of 15.8 is considered remarkable for a tight end. Mackey also displayed impressive speed for a tight end. During one season, the Colts decided to use him as a kick returner. He returned 9 kickoffs for 271 yards, an impressive 30.1 yards per return.