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BREAKING: Former Jets/Giants All Pro Punter Dave Jennings Dead at 61

An All-Pro Punter in his own right, never got the respect he deserved. especially punting in the same division as Reggie Roby.

It’s a sad day for the Jets family, as well as the family of the NFL as a whole.

In a story broken by Phil Mushnick, we learn that the game has lost Dave Jennings.  He was a long-time punter for the Jets and the Giants, before providing radio commentary to both as well.  He left broadcasting in 2007 thanks to Parkinson’s disease, and his death appears to be related to the Parkinson’s.

The stats were limited during Dave’s time in the league, but here is what they do have:

G GS Punts Yds Net Yds Lng Avg Net Avg Blk OOB Dn IN 20 TB FC Ret RetY TD
1987 New York Jets 12             – 64 2,444 58 38.2 0
1986 New York Jets 16             – 85 3,353 55 39.4 0
1985 New York Jets 16             – 74 2,978 66 40.2 0
1984 New York Giants 16             – 90 3,598 54 40.0 3
1983 New York Giants 16             – 84 3,386 66 40.3 1
1982 New York Giants 9             – 49 2,096 73 42.8 0
1981 New York Giants 16             – 97 4,198 62 43.3 0
1980 New York Giants 16             – 94 4,211 63 44.8 0
1979 New York Giants 16             – 104 4,445 72 42.7 0
1978 New York Giants 16             – 95 3,995 68 42.1 0
1977 New York Giants 14             – 100 3,993 58 39.9 0
1976 New York Giants 14             – 74 3,054 61 41.3 3
1975 New York Giants 14             – 76 3,107 64 40.9 0
1974 New York Giants 14             – 68 2,709 39.8 0
TOTAL 1,154 47,567 0 73 41.2 0.0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Most of his career was spent with the Giants, although the later years were spent in the Green and White.  Going further than just the fact that he kicked it for 14 seasons, he earned 4 trips to the Pro Bowl, cementing Dave Jennings as a top punter of the era.
Gone too soon.

Topics: Dave Jennings, New York Jets

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