Back in the dark days of the 1970s, Giant fans had little to cheer for. When your punter is arguably your best player, that's a telling sign you're a team in trouble.
But that was the truth. Dave Jennings, who passed away today after a long illness, was the Giants' savior and safety blanket during a period where hope was absent and wins were hard to find. He was one of the game's greatest punters (his stats don't tell the tale, so stop right there), providing relief to a team that needed all the help it could get.
Jennings was asked to kick in some of the league's most difficult venues (Yale Bowl, Shea Stadium and the Meadowlands) and never disappointed. Because of his success punting in such challenging conditions, he was often compared to his AFC contemporary - Oakland's Ray Guy, who is widely considered the greatest punter in NFL history.
He punted 1154 times in his 14 year career (11 for the Giants, 3 for the Jets), which is good for sixth all-time behind former Giants Jeff Feagles, Sean Landeta and Brad Maynard. Lee Johnson and Chris Gardocki.
He is up on the Ring of Honor along with all the other Giant greats. There is no question in my mind that he belongs there. He was that good.