BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) – Jimmy Orr, a sure recipient who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Colts after his performance at the University of Georgia, has died. He was 85 years old.
Orr died on Tuesday evening. His death was confirmed Wednesday by Edo Smith and Sons Funeral Home in Brunswick, Georgia.
Jim Irsay, owner of the Indianapolis Colts, said on Twitter, “Rest in peace from another NFL legend, JIMMY ORR. … "Orr’s Corner" in the southern end zone of the Baltimore Memorial Stadium was sacred ground. Our condolences to Jimmy's family. "
Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas had many targets to choose from in the 1960s, including Raymond Berry, John Mackey, and Lenny Moore. But he often allied with Orr in what became known to many as "Orrsville".
"I must have got 45 or 50 touchdowns in that right corner," Orr once said. “It was a little sloping, a little downhill, which helped me in terms of speed. I wasn't that fast. "
After Orr had played for the Steelers from 1958 to 1961, he formed an impressive passing combination with Unitas.
In 13 NFL seasons, Orr scored 400 passes for 7,914 yards and 66 touchdowns in 149 games. He averaged a whopping 19.8 yards per catch and led the league three times in yards per catch.
Orr was elected to the Pro Bowl in 1959 with Pittsburgh and in 1965 with Baltimore after catching 45 passes for 847 yards and 10 points. His best season was 1962 when he had 55 receptions for 874 yards and 11 TDs.
One of the most notable games in Orr's career came in the third Super Bowl when the heavily favored Colts lost to the New York Jets. On a flea flicker late in the first half, Orr was wide open, waving his arms to get the attention of quarterback Earl Morrall, who never saw and intercepted him.
In Georgia, Orr led the Southeast Conference twice, receiving 24 passes for 443 yards in 1955 and 16 passes for 237 yards in 1957. He also poked for the Bulldogs.
Orr played in Georgia with Bill Curry, who ended up being the head coach in Alabama, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, and Georgia State.
Curry tweeted, “My wonderful friend / teammate Jimmy Orr died last night. He was one of those few men who could find good when the rest of us couldn't. Nobody could cover him as WR – he quietly put up incredible numbers and didn't know! Thanks Jimmy, I love you man. "
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