The New York Giants misplaced a member of their household on Saturday when former defensive lineman Jack Gregory Jr. passed away at his house at the age of 74.
A 4-time Pro Bowl defensive close, Gregory was picked by the Cleveland Browns in the ninth-round of the 1966 NFL Draft. He later became the initially totally free agent in franchise historical past, selecting to indication with the Giants in 1972.
Gregory, who was respectfully termed “Big Jack,” would shell out seven many years with New York right before returning to the Browns for a single ultimate season in 1979.
Unofficially, Gregory was credited with 103 occupation sacks, including a single of New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath on ABC’s initially-ever “Monday Night time Football” broadcast — a 31-21 Browns victory in 1970.
Large Jack was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year runner-up in 1972, his initially calendar year with the Giants, unofficially recording 21 sacks that season. He was later inducted into the Mississippi Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000.
Gregory is survived by his wife, Susan Brooks Gregory, his son, E. J. Gregory III, his daughter, Madison Brook Gregory, two move children, five grandchildren and his brother, Judge John Andrew Gregory.
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