At Texas, Lam Jones played both running back and wide receiver, and the Jets were enticed by his offensive versatility and speed. Jones was an Olympian at 18 years old as a member of the US 4x100 meter relay team in the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. However, Jones never exceeded 700 scrimmage yards in a season at Texas and only scored two touchdowns as a senior in 1979.
The Jets were undeterred and grabbed him with the second overall pick in the 1980 NFL draft. Unsurprisingly, his lack of production translated to the NFL.
As a rookie, Jones averaged 19.2 yards per reception but only made 25 grabs for 482 yards. His career high for receiving yardage came in 1983 when he put up 734 yards on 43 catches, but that was his only season with over 500 scrimmage yards.
After five seasons with New York, he was signed by the 49ers, but released before the season. The Dallas Cowboys also brought him in during the 1987 season, but he was released after the strike ended.