Dave Jennings dies at 61


NEW YORK -- Former Giants punter Dave Jennings died Wednesday morning after a long bout with Parkinson's disease.

Jennings, who turned 61 on June 8, had suffered from Parkinson's since 1996.

"Dave Jennings was one of the all-time great Giants," John Mara, co-owner and president of the team, said in a statement. "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."

He was a four-time Pro Bowler with the Giants from 1974-84 and owns the franchise records for punts (931) and yards (38,792). Jennings punted for 4,000 yards or more in a season from 1979-81 and recorded a career-best 44.8-yard average in 1980. He also played three seasons for the Jets.

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