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Former punter Jennings dies at 61

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Former New York Giants and Jets punter Dave Jennings died Wednesday morning at his home, the Giants announced.

Jennings was 61. He had suffered from Parkinson's disease since 1996.

The four-time Pro Bowl punter worked as a radio broadcaster for the Giants and Jets after his playing career ended.

"Dave Jennings was one of the all-time great Giants," Giants owner 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 was with the Giants for 11 seasons and then played three years for the Jets. He made the Pro Bowl after the 1978, 1979, 1980 and 1982 seasons.

In 2011, Jennings was inducted into the Giants' Ring of Honor. He holds franchise records for punts (931) and yards (38,792). His best season average was 44.8 yards per punt in 1980.

Jennings went to St. Lawrence University as a basketball player and ended up walking on the football team as a punter. He earned all-conference recognition three times and received an invitation to attend training camp with the Giants in 1974.
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