The Texas Longhorns family suffered a loss on Wednesday morning when it was found out that Joe Jamail, a Texas lawyer who many reports have described as “legendary”, as well as a major University of Texas Booster, has died.
Per reports, he died from pneumonia complications.
If you want to know just how important Jamail was for Texas, consider these two facts alone:
The field Texas football plays its home games on is known as the Joe Jamail Field. The Longhorns also have a swim center named in honor of both Jamail and his wife.
So sorry to hear about the passing of Joe Jamail. He is a true Longhorn Legend.
— Charlie Strong (@Strong_TexasFB) December 23, 2015
“His contributions to the University of Texas are a lasting legacy and testament to his never ending quest to give back and support activities, the law and sports he believed in,” Texas athletic director Mike Perrin said in a release, per and “Our heartfelt condolences go out to Joe’s family. With them, we share grief and a sense of loss in his passing. But, we also share our joy of having had him as a major part of so many lives.”
Jamail, outside of his contributions to the University of Texas, may be perhaps best known for winning a $10.53 billion settlement for Pennzoil against Texaco in 1985. You can read more about that here.