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Former Giants punter Dave Jennings dead at 61

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05:37 PM ET 06.19 | He was a punter out of St. Lawrence University and maybe there have been more unlikely great Giants than Dave Jennings, but it is hard to think of one today, the day when we get the news that Jennings is dead, much too soon, at the age of 61. Dead after battling Parkinson???s for such a long time, his physical skills and his wonderful mind finally crushed by the disease in the end, Parkinson's finally taking everything from Dave Jennings except his immense dignity. His really was such a wonderful and unlikely football life. Because as skilled a kicker as he was, Dave Jennings was never supposed to get anywhere near the Giants??? Ring of Honor. But there he was on a December night less than two years ago, Giants against the Packers, old and frail before his time, driven out on the field along with Alex (Big Red) Webster, himself failing and failing badly by then. So he came out there on a golf cart with Alex Webster and then had some St. Lawrence buddies to hold him up by his elbows, Giants cap on his head, hearing the cheers from Giants fans once last time. At least Dave Jennings, No. 13 for the Giants and later for the Jets over in Jersey, was still standing for that. He had at least made it to a moment like that and a night like that.

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Dave Jennings in action against the Falcons, Manny Rubio-USA TODAY Sports Dave Jennings in action against the Falcons, Manny Rubio-USA TODAY Sports
June 19, 2013  06:25 PM ET

R.I.P Dave.

June 19, 2013  07:13 PM ET

Too young too soon.

June 19, 2013  07:15 PM ET

Adios, you were good!

June 19, 2013  08:08 PM ET

A class act.

June 19, 2013  09:30 PM ET

The First Punter I ever knew off... :-(

June 19, 2013  09:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

The First Punter I ever knew off... :-(

* Of

June 19, 2013  10:48 PM ET

R I P DUDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

June 20, 2013  12:20 AM ET

RIP, and also RIP James Gandolfini.

 
June 20, 2013  01:49 AM ET

The main thing I remember about Dave Jennings is the hang time. A lot of fair catches at the end of his kicks.

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