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John Ayers (April 14, 1953 – October 2, 1995) was a National Football League offensive lineman from 1977 through 1987. During that span, he appeared in two Super Bowls: Super Bowl XVI and Super Bowl XIX for the San Francisco 49ers. Ayers was a key contributor on the final 89-yard drive that led to the play that has been immortalized as "The Catch" in the 1982 NFC Playoffs versus the Dallas Cowboys.

John Ayers
No. 68, 67
Position:Offensive guard
Personal information
Born:April 14, 1953
Carrizo Springs, Texas
Died:October 2, 1995(1995-10-02) (aged 42)
Canyon, Texas
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:258 lb (117 kg)
Career information
High school:Carrizo Springs
College:West Texas A&M
NFL Draft:1976 / Round: 8 / Pick: 233
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:157
Games started:137
Fumble recoveries:3
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

John Ayers played college football at West Texas A&M University. He was also a member of the 1987 Denver Broncos team that lost Super Bowl XXII, but did not appear in that game.

Ayers also served for a brief period as the figurehead President of Bill Watts' Universal Wrestling Federation.

Ayers was diagnosed with liver cancer and died on October 2, 1995.

His daughter, Jolee, was a scholarship basketball player at Texas Tech University.

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