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  • RoanokeFan
    started a topic Former Giants' Punter Dave Jennngs Dies At 61

    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...

  • jomo
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    Originally posted by KATKAVAGE75 View Post
    From The St. Lawrence University website:
    http://www.stlawu.edu/athletics/sain...ll/story/12509
    Thanks Kat, don't let tragedy bring us together so infrequently.

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  • Baby Bulls
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    RIP Dave, to a great Giant. Scary too, since I'm his age.

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  • zimonami
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    Originally posted by KATKAVAGE75 View Post
    From The St. Lawrence University website:
    http://www.stlawu.edu/athletics/sain...ll/story/12509
    TY, TY, Kat

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  • giantfan1943
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    So sad to hear. A very good player on some really bad teams. He was a great Giant, a great punter, and a class act.

    May he Rest in Peace

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  • joemorrisforprez
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    Jennings was a class act, and a great player on some very bad teams.

    Sometimes, it was just him and the defense keeping the Giants in games, that's how crappy that offense used to be.


    RIP.

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  • GeoGoGo
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    He was a true Giant. Excelled at his position and always gave his all. He will be missed. God bless his family in this time of sorrow.

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  • KATKAVAGE75
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    From The St. Lawrence University website:
    http://www.stlawu.edu/athletics/sain...ll/story/12509

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  • krankeybluechick
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    My heart is broken, I loved him! He was way to young to leave this life

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  • Roosevelt
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    Originally posted by giantfanatic View Post
    Dave Jennings was the Payton Manning of punters. He was always holding the ball on the sideline and ready for the call - which came often given the sorry offenses he tried to bail out. My sense is that he was the best prepared punter ever. Kind of guy who developed his own tricks to break up the monotony of hundreds and thousands of drop kicks over his career. He was the kind of guy who could call a game and have credibility even though he was a punter because he knew the game and he was such a hard worker. I would like to hear what some of his team mates have to say. May god bless you and those who loved you the most.
    You sound like someone who knew Dave better than most and I have a feeling your words are as genuine as his teammates.

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  • GameTime
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    RIP Dave Jennings......
    thanks for some good in the time of not so good for the NYG and their fans.......

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  • giantfanatic
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    Dave Jennings was the Payton Manning of punters. He was always holding the ball on the sideline and ready for the call - which came often given the sorry offenses he tried to bail out. My sense is that he was the best prepared punter ever. Kind of guy who developed his own tricks to break up the monotony of hundreds and thousands of drop kicks over his career. He was the kind of guy who could call a game and have credibility even though he was a punter because he knew the game and he was such a hard worker. I would like to hear what some of his team mates have to say. May god bless you and those who loved you the most.

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  • Martyr
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    great person and even better punter.he Should be in the HoF

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  • jomo
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    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
    I never quite thought of it that way but the reflection is right on. At a time when we were dreadful, the punter was in fact a ray of light for the fans always expecting something marvelous that would change the field around and lengthen the distance that our oponent would have to drive to score yet another TD. One of the really good guys.

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  • RoanokeFan
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    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

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