Today, the New York Giants lost a notable member of their football family. Four-time Pro-Bowler and 14-year NFL veteran Dave Jennings lost his bout with Parkinson's disease at his home in Upper Saddle River, NJ. He was 61 years old.
Soon after the team announced Jennings' death, Giants President and CEO John Mara released a public statement stressing the importance of Jennings' role within the organization not just during his 11 seasons with the team as a player, but as a broadcaster as well.
“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 came to the Giants in 1974 after making making the all-conference team in three consecutive years at St. Lawrence University. He played 11 years for the Giants, making the Pro Bowl in 1978, 1979,1980 and 1982. In 1984, Jennings left for the New York Jets, where he played for three more season.
After retirement, Jennings became a Jets radio announcer from 1988 through 2001. In 2002, he joined longtime Giants announcers Bob Papa and Dick Lynch and broadcasted Giants games and did postgame interviews until he left football for good in 2006.
''Dave was always a guy that I admired from afar, and when we had an opportunity to add him to the Giants' broadcast team – when John Mara brought him back to the Giants family – it was a treat to work with Dave,'' Papa said. ''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."
Once a Giant, always a Giant. Giants 101 sends our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Dave Jennings during this tremendously difficult time.
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