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Former NFL punter and radio analyst Dave Jennings dies at 61

June 19, 2013|By Chuck Schilken
  • Former New York Giants punter and radio analyst Dave Jennings, shown in 2011, has died at age 61. He had battled Parkinson's disease since 1996.
Former New York Giants punter and radio analyst Dave Jennings, shown in… (Bill Kostroun / Associated…)

Former New York Giants punter and radio analyst Dave Jennings died at his home in Upper Saddle River, N.J., at age 61, the team announced Wednesday.

Jennings, who had battled Parkinson's disease since 1996, holds the franchise records for punts (931, or 405 more than second-place Sean Landeta) and yards (38,792).

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

Jennings made four Pro Bowls while playing with the Giants from 1974 to 1984 and punted for more than 4,000 yards in a season three times. He was part of the Giants' second Ring of Honor class, inducted in 2011.

He spent the final three seasons of his playing career with the New York Jets then moved to the team's radio broadcast booth as an commentator from 1988 to 2001.

Jennings returned to the Giants organization as radio analyst in 2002 and remained until after the 2007 season.

“Dave is and always will be a Giants' Giant,” team Chairman Steve Tisch said.

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