Super Bowl champion with then-Baltimore Colts Jimmy Orr passes away
Beloved Colts legend and Georgia star Jimmy Orr passed away Tuesday night on Oct. 27. Orr was 85 years old at the time of his passing.
Rest in peace to another NFL legend, JIMMY ORR. Jimmy led the NFL in yards per reception three times during his 13 years in the league, and "Orr's Corner" in the south endzone at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium was sacred ground. Our condolences to Jimmy's family. pic.twitter.com/d3OtDEd8t7
— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) October 28, 2020
After having a successful career with the Georgia Bulldogs, Jimmy Orr was selected in the 25th round of the 1957 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams. His rise to stardom as a wideout came with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1959, during which he caught 35 targets for 604 yards and five touchdowns in his second season–earning him his first Pro-Bowl appearance.
He played a total of three seasons with the Steelers before providing a critical role for the then-Baltimore Colts. He amassed 97 catches for 2,055 yards during his time with the Steelers, resulting in 16 touchdowns.
Orr was instrumental in aiding the Colts’ quest for a Super Bowl championship. He won his second Pro-Bowl appearance during the 1965 season, the same campaign that saw him earn First-Team All-Pro honors. He started all 14 games that season, catching 45 targets for 847 yards, resulting in 10 touchdowns. During the 1969 season, Orr helped the Colts win their Super Bowl bout against the New York Jets. He also lead the league for three seasons in yards per reception.
He finished his career with a total of 400 catches for 7,914 yards and 66 touchdowns. As stated by Irsay, Orr’s legacy will live on in Indianapolis until the end of time.