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John Ayers (born April 14, 1953 in Carrizo Springs, Texas – 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.
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.
- St. Petersburg Times