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  • Former Giants' Punter Dave Jennngs Dies At 61

    http://www.northjersey.com/sports/Fo...ies_at_61.html

    Dave Jennings, the most prolific punter in Giants history who was later a radio analyst for the team died Wednesday morning in his Upper Saddle River home, the team announced.

    He had turned 61 on June 8.
    Jennings, a member of the Giants' Ring of Honor, had suffered from Parkinson’s disease, a chronic degenerative neurological disorder, since 1996.

    Jennings played for the Giants from 1974-84. He holds the franchise records for punts (931, or 405 more than runner-up Sean Landeta) and yards (38,792). Jennings was selected to play in the Pro Bowl in 1978, ‘79, ‘80 and ‘82. He punted a career-high 104 times in 1979, which was the Giants record until Brad Maynard had 111 punts in 1997. Jennings punted for more than 4,000 yards in a season three times (1979-81) and had a career-best 44.8-yard average in 1980.

    “Dave Jennings was one of the all-time great Giants,” said John Mara, the Giants president.

    “He was a valued member of the Giants family for more than 30 years as a player and a broadcaster, and we were thrilled to include him in our Ring of Honor. More importantly, he was an outstanding person who battled his illness with rare courage and dignity. We will miss him dearly.”

    Added Giants chairman Steve Tisch, “Dave is and always will be a Giants’ Giant. He lived his life with class and dignity, and he was the ultimate professional as a player and commentator.” Read more...
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  • #2
    Sad news, he was a great Giant.
    RIP Dave Jennings #13

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    • #3
      Wow . . . way too young.

      There were quite a few years when he was the best player on the team. (For those of you crying about the fact that we've gone a year without a SB victory, let that sink in for a second . . . . . )

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      • #4
        61 is young

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        • #5
          RIP to a great Giant and an even better man.

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          • #6
            Always enjoyed listening to him on the radio..
            #80

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            • #7
              A great athlete, a great Giant. Way too young to go.

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              • #8
                best punter the giants ever had i think and the giants had some good ones including him, landeta, feagles, and now weatherford.

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                • #9
                  i do remember him in the early 80,s solid punter. may he RIP

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                  • #10
                    rip
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                    FUTURE NY GIANTS PLAYER

                    2015 season tbd

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                    • #11
                      Dave was a bright spot for the Giants during a time when we didn't have many.

                      I remember hearing him on a broadcast years back and mentioned here that he didn't sound right. Sadly I learned that he was ill shortly after.

                      RIP man, and prayers to your family who lost you way too young.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Roosevelt View Post
                        Dave was a bright spot for the Giants during a time when we didn't have many.

                        I remember hearing him on a broadcast years back and mentioned here that he didn't sound right. Sadly I learned that he was ill shortly after.

                        RIP man, and prayers to your family who lost you way too young.
                        So long #13. A great Giant during some of the tough years.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Roosevelt View Post
                          Dave was a bright spot for the Giants during a time when we didn't have many.

                          I remember hearing him on a broadcast years back and mentioned here that he didn't sound right. Sadly I learned that he was ill shortly after.

                          RIP man, and prayers to your family who lost you way too young.
                          I remember Pat Summerall calling one of his punts where he hit it like 55 yards and out of bounds, and all he said in the outro was "Jennings has no peers".
                          He was definitely the best punter I ever saw wear Giants blue.
                          Admit nothing. Deny everything. Make counter accusations.

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                          • #14
                            I am going to make my comments then go through and see what others said............MY memory of dave Jennings will probably shock some of the younger fans
                            I grew up in a time along with several others on here.....when the Giants were possibly one of the worst teams in football

                            In the 70s when Jennings played it seems odd to say but our PUNTER was one of the highlights of that team......very good player on a very bad team......

                            rest in peace and our thoughts to his family and the entire giant family
                            "When I was 15, I could not believe how dumb my father was.....when I was 25, I could not believe how much he had learned in 10 years"

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by fansince69 View Post
                              I am going to make my comments then go through and see what others said............MY memory of dave Jennings will probably shock some of the younger fans
                              I grew up in a time along with several others on here.....when the Giants were possibly one of the worst teams in football

                              In the 70s when Jennings played it seems odd to say but our PUNTER was one of the highlights of that team......very good player on a very bad team......

                              rest in peace and our thoughts to his family and the entire giant family
                              +1
                              No one remembers who came in second.

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