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Is my memory correct about when Dave Jennings got cut?

njm : 11/30/2017 5:09 pm
I believe it was the final cut before the 1985 season. If memory serves, Parcells made all the cuts but 1 the day before the deadline. Parcells then made "the toughest cut I've ever made" and announced Jennings was cut the day of the deadline. I think that's called respect.
Dave Jennings  
Marty866b : 11/30/2017 5:27 pm : link
I spoke with Dave the day he was cut by the Giants. He was devastated and completely torn to play for the hated Jets. He was a Giant through and through. One of the nicest persons I have ever met.
There are a few guys  
Giants_ROK : 11/30/2017 6:58 pm : link
I wish could have stayed with the Giants a couple of years longer so they could have been on that '86 team.

Dave Jennings tops the list.
He graduated St. Lawrence the year before I got there  
Peter from NH (formerly CT) : 11/30/2017 7:12 pm : link
Two of my freshman roommates were football players (one was really gifted for D3) and Jennings came up to our room to meet them. Still wanted to be part of the SLU family. Really good guy.
I met Dave when I was a foster parent for a mentally  
Giants61 : 11/30/2017 7:49 pm : link
challenged child and Dave volunteered at a Special Olympics event in New Haven CT. Nice guy, very friendly. I recall how heartbroken he was when cut by the Giants. He tried to respond to reporter's questions but soon could only hold a towel to his face and cried.
A great Giant  
trueblueinpw : 11/30/2017 9:32 pm : link
Would love to have heard his take on all the ass clownery of this current regime.
Watching him punt was a thing a beauty  
steve in ky : 11/30/2017 10:03 pm : link
He was one of the Giants you could always be proud of as a fan even if the team was losing.

In the 80's I used to run into him frequently at the same corner store when getting a morning paper, coffee and roll on the way to work. He was always very pleasant.
If he didn't play during the Ray Guy era, he would be in the HOF  
baadbill : 11/30/2017 10:08 pm : link
... I LOVED Dave Jennings... for many years there was only Dave Jennings that gave me any joy on many Sundays.
R.I.P Dave Jennings...  
EricJ : 11/30/2017 10:13 pm : link
when our team was horrible in the 70's and the offense could not move the ball, Dave was a busy guy. We needed a great punter back then and he and Ray Guy were the best punters in the league at that time.
We grew up in the same neighborhood and I caught many of Dave's punts  
Del Shofner : 11/30/2017 10:40 pm : link
(and his passes - he was a very good athlete) back in the day. He didn't take up organized football until quite late, I think senior year of HS. But back to the cut - yeah, painful. He was the one bright light for a few years there.
RE: We grew up in the same neighborhood and I caught many of Dave's punts  
baadbill : 11/30/2017 10:59 pm : link
In comment 13715613 Del Shofner said:
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(and his passes - he was a very good athlete) back in the day. He didn't take up organized football until quite late, I think senior year of HS. But back to the cut - yeah, painful. He was the one bright light for a few years there.


That had to be pretty awesome. I couldn't imagine trying to catch a punt that went higher than I could see.
Full Parcells Quote:  
guitarguybs12 : 11/30/2017 11:02 pm : link
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On Monday, the Giants trimmed their roster to 51 by cutting eight players. Asked today why he hadn't announced Jennings's cut along with those others, Coach Bill Parcells, his voiced choked with emotion, said quietly, ''I don't know why.''

After a lengthy pause he added: ''I didn't want to put him in a group with those other guys, because he's not. We're talking about about one of the best guys who ever kicked.''

'Most Difficult Cut'

Parcells called the move ''the most difficult cut I've had to make as a head coach,'' and added, ''This is one of those days when you wish you were in another line of work.''

GIANTS DROP JENNINGS AS LANDETA WINS JOB - ( New Window )
RE: If he didn't play during the Ray Guy era, he would be in the HOF  
Jim in Fairfax : 11/30/2017 11:33 pm : link
In comment 13715583 baadbill said:
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... I LOVED Dave Jennings... for many years there was only Dave Jennings that gave me any joy on many Sundays.

Jennings was a favorite of mine as well. But if Ray Guy had never been born, Jennings still would never be in the HOF. Guy is the only pure punter in the HOF and he got there because of LITERAL fame, not because he was the best punter. Jennings was neither famous nor by any metric close to being the best punter of his era.
RE: RE: We grew up in the same neighborhood and I caught many of Dave's punts  
Del Shofner : 12/1/2017 7:21 am : link
In comment 13715635 baadbill said:
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In comment 13715613 Del Shofner said:


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(and his passes - he was a very good athlete) back in the day. He didn't take up organized football until quite late, I think senior year of HS. But back to the cut - yeah, painful. He was the one bright light for a few years there.



That had to be pretty awesome. I couldn't imagine trying to catch a punt that went higher than I could see.


This was in Garden City NY in the '60s. Dave's dad was a dean or something at Adelphi U. and Dave lived right next to the Adelphi campus, which then had a lot of open space. I lived a few blocks away. We had a regular sandlot two-hand touch game going there after school. Dave would punt by himself until we all got there - that's where it all really started with his punting - and, yeah, his punts were pretty amazing even as a teenager - although not like they were when he was fully grown. We were mid-teens at the time.
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