Former Giants Pro Bowl punter Dave Jennings dies

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Former New York Giants Pro Bowl punter Dave Jennings passed away this morning after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Jennings was 61.

The former standout for the Giants worked in broadcasting after his career ended. Jennings punted for the Giants from 1974 to 1984 and was selected to four Pro Bowls, including three in a row from 1978 to 1980. He concluded his career as a member of the New York Jets for three seasons.

Jennings handled broadcasting duties for Jets games from 1988 to 2001 and then worked in the Giants’ radio booth from 2002 to 2007.

When John Mara brought him back to the Giants family, it was a treat to work with Dave,” Giants broadcaster Bob Papa said, according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. “He was meticulous in his preparation and Dave was a leader in rules interpretations. Dave knew all the rules. Whenever something came up, you could always turn to Dave and you knew he would get the rule correct and that was going to serve the audience best.”

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