Jimmy Orr is a wide-handed receiver who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Colts after his appearance at the University of Georgia. He was 85 years old.
Orr died on Tuesday night. On Wednesday, Edo Smith of Brunswick, Georgia, and his son Fun Yikan confirmed his death.
The owner of the Indianapolis Colts, Jim Irsay, wrote on Twitter: “Be in peace with another NFL legend, Jimmy Orr. At the southern end of the Baltimore Memorial Stadium.” Cape Orle’ is a sacred land. We extend our condolences to Jimmy’s family.”
Rest in peace with another NFL legend JIMMY ORR. Jimmy has led the NFL three times in every reception during his 13 years in the league. The Orr’s Corner at the southern end of Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium is a sacred venue. We express our condolences to Jimmy’s family. pic.twitter.com/d3OtDEd8t7
-Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) October 28, 2020
The 1960s Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas had many goals to choose from, including Raymond Berry, John Mackey and Lenny Moore. But he often associates with Orr in a place called “Alsville” by many.
Orr once said: “I have to catch 45 or 50 touchdowns in that right corner. It’s some downhill, some downhill, it helps me. I’m not that fast.”
After playing with the Steelers from 1958 to 1960, Orr and Unitas formed a powerful passing combination.
In 13 NFL seasons, Orr had 400 passes in 149 games, passing 7,914 yards and 66 touchdowns. He averaged a staggering 19.8 yards per game and led the league in three games.
Orr was selected to the Pro Bowl with Pittsburgh in 1959, and in 1965, with Baltimore, was selected for 45 goals, scoring 847 yards and 10 points, and was selected for Baltimore. His best season was in 1962, when he had 55 receiving zones, a total of 974 yards and 11 TDs.
One of the most famous plays of Orr’s career was “Super Bowl III”, when the popular Colts lost to the New York Jets. Late in the first half, Orr was beating the flea and waving with open arms to draw the attention of quarterback Earl Moral, who had never seen him and was intercepted.
In Georgia, Orr led the Southeastern Conference to two wins, scoring 24 passes for 443 yards in 1955, and 16 passes for 237 yards in 1957. He also ran for the bulldog.
Orr played in Georgia with Bill Curry, who later became the head coach of Alabama, Georgia Institute of Technology, Kentucky and Georgia State.
Curry tweeted: “My good friend/teammate Jimmy Orr passed away last night. He is one of the few who can find good things when the rest of us can’t find it. One of the people. But don’t know! Thank you Jimmy, love you.