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Sports Former Baltimore Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Jimmy Orr dies at 85

06:05  29 october  2020
06:05  29 october  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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Baltimore receiver Willie Richardson (87) was the target of this pass from Johnny Unitas in 1967.Credit NFL Photos, via Associated Press. But Richardson caught six passes for 58 yards in the game, while receiver Jimmy Orr and tight end John Mackey had only three receptions apiece

Jimmy Orr, the sure-handed wide receiver who played 13 years in the NFL with the Baltimore Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers, died Tuesday at the age of 85.

a man wearing a blue shirt: Baltimore Colts wide receiver Jimmy Orr poses for a photo in 1970. The sure-handed wide receiver was 85. © AP Baltimore Colts wide receiver Jimmy Orr poses for a photo in 1970. The sure-handed wide receiver was 85.

Orr was a two-time All-Pro and a member of two championship teams, catching 400 passes for 7,914 yards and 66 touchdowns in his career. However, he was perhaps best known for something he didn't do.

In Super Bowl III against the upstart New York Jets, the Colts ran a flea-flicker late in the first half that left Orr streaking down the sideline all by himself for what looked like an easy touchdown. But quarterback Earl Morrall never saw him and his pass over the middle was intercepted by the Jets' Jim Hudson.

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Oakland quarterback Jim Plunkett found no open receivers as his pocket crumbled amid a strong Pittsburgh ’s Lynn Swann did it twice. While not as spectacular as his acrobatic grab in Super Bowl X Super Bowl III: Earl Morrall doesn’t see wide -open Jimmy Orr . The Baltimore Colts , which

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Orr was one of the Colts' most popular players with a section in the south end zone at Memorial Stadium nicknamed "Orr's Corner" after him.

Colts owner Jim Irsay was among those who offered his condolences to Orr's family, calling him an "NFL legend."


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Orr starred in college at Georgia, leading the SEC in receiving in 1955 and 1957.

Orr passed away Tuesday night. His death was confirmed by the Associated Press on Wednesday by Edo Smith and Sons Funeral Home in Brunswick, Georgia.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Former Baltimore Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Jimmy Orr dies at 85

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