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Gary Jeter (1955 - 2016)

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Gary Jeter (1955 - 2016)

Gary Jeter, a defensive lineman for the New York Giants and the Los Angeles Rams, has died. He was 61.

Jeter died Thursday, March 10, according to multiple news sources. No cause of death was announced.

The Giants drafted Jeter in 1977. The University of Southern California standout was a first-round pick for the Giants.

During a 13-year career, Jeter tallied 52 sacks. In 1988, he had 11 1/2 sacks, which was his career high. He went on to play for the Rams as well as the New England Patriots.


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In 1981, he recorded seven sacks to help the Giants defense – led by Lawrence Taylor – make the playoffs for the first time in Jeter's career.

In 1982, he was hobbled by a left-knee injury. Seven years later, however, when he played his final season with the Patriots, he sacked opposing quarterbacks seven times.

Fans shared their condolences on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms.

"Brings me back to so many Sundays of my youth," wrote one Giants fan in a Facebook post. Jeter "brought it every Sunday," the fan said, and "anchored a D line that was backed up by The Crunch Bunch! Thank you for everything Gary. Rest in Peace!"

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