Dave Jennings ’74 to Join NY Giants’ Ring of Honor Dec. 4
Dec. 1: Dave Jennings, St. Lawrence University Class of 1974, the most prolific punter in New York Giants history, will be inducted into the pro football team's Ring of Honor December 4 at MetLife Stadium, when "Big Blue" takes on the Green Bay Packers.
Great players from several eras and positions are included in the second class of the Giants' Ring of Honor, including Jennings, running back Alex Webster, linebackers Carl Banks and Brad Van Pelt and tight end Mark Bavaro. The five former players will join the original 30-member Ring of Honor class that included Wellington Mara, Bob Tisch, Frank Gifford, Mel Hein, Bill Parcells and Harry Carson.
"The athletic department and the football program are extremely proud of Dave's accomplishments, not only as a student at St. Lawrence, but his career that followed," said Margie Strait, St. Lawrence University's Director of Athletics. "His Hall of Fame status at St. Lawrence is enriched by this most recent impressive honor."
A member of the Giants from 1974 to 1984, Jennings holds the franchise records for punts (931) and yards (38,792). He was selected to play in the Pro Bowl in 1978, '79, '80 and '82. He punted a career-high 104 times in 1979, twice punted for more than 4,000 yards in a season and had a career-best 44.8-yard average in 1980.
Though he was originally recruited as a basketball player out of high school, Jennings became one of St. Lawrence's most famous football players earned induction into the University's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1988.
He played three years of varsity basketball at St. Lawrence and was a steady contributor, but made his big mark on the football field, where he emerged as the conference's top punter. Jennings earned free-agent tryouts following graduation and landed the punting job with the New York Giants, beginning a 14-year career with both New York teams, the Giants and the Jets.
Following his retirement as a player, he became a broadcaster and has been a spokesman for a number of public service programs. Jennings earned his St. Lawrence degree in economics.
The December 4 game in East Rutherford, NJ, kicks off at 4:15 p.m. and will be broadcast nationally on FOX.