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Randy Lange on Dave Jennings Dan Leberfeld

Former Jets and Giants punter Dave Jennings lost his long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Jennings, not just a very good punter, but a terrific person, was just 61.

Randy Lange of newyorkjets.com covered Jennings with both the Jets and Giants. Here are some of his thoughts today on the unfortunate news.

“A former Jets and Giants punter and broadcaster has left us. Dave Jennings, who was also one of the nicest guys on the field and in the radio booth, died early this morning after his decade-and-a-half-long battle with Parkinson’s disease,” wrote Lange for newyorkjets.com.

“Jennings kept mum about his battle with Parkinson’s for a long time, but revealed in 2005 that he’d been diagnosed with a mild form of the disease in ’98. At that time, Ralph Vacchiano of the Daily News recalled today, Jennings said then that ‘Something’s taken hold of me and I’m going to beat it. … You don’t die from Parkinson’s, you die with it.’ wrote Lange for newyorkjets.com.

“Dave Jennings died with the disease today, but he left behind memories of footballs well kicked, plays well described, and some outstanding master-of-ceremonies charity work as well.”