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Former Baltimore Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers Star, Jimmy Orr Dies at 85

Olowokandi Fiyin
Oct 30, 2020
08:04 A.M.
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Iconic sportsman Jimmy Orr, a former Baltimore Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers star player, has passed away at 85. Orr was a phenomenal player in the 12 years of his stellar career.


The sports world has said goodbye to legendary sportsman Jimmy Orr. Orr, who was famous for playing for the Baltimore Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers, died on Tuesday, October 27. 

The tragic news confirmed by the Georgia funeral home Edo Smith and Sons, but the cause of his death wasn't revealed. Many of the friends and former colleagues he left behind have taken to social media to pay tribute to the impressive legacy he left behind.

Baltimore Colts' wide receiver Jimmy Orr #28 talks to teammates on the sidelines at Super Bowl V against the Dallas Cowboys at the Orange Bowl on January 17, 1971 | Photo: Getty Images


The owner of the Indianapolis Colts, Jim Irsay, mourned Orr in a heartbreaking tweet that read, "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."

Orr was a wide receiver who played in the NFL for 13 seasons and caught 400 passes for 7,914 yards.


Irsay continued praising the late footballer, recalling the iconic corner of Baltimore's Memorial Stadium, where Orr famously caught most of his passes. It was usually referred to as "Orr's Corner."

Orr's former teammate at Bill Curry also had some sweet words to say about his late friend. Alongside a throwback black-and-white photo, Curry described Orr as someone who never failed to find the good in others and praised him for putting up incredible numbers during their time together.


Orr was a wide receiver who played in the NFL for 13 seasons and caught 400 passes for 7,914 yards. He also averaged 19.8 yards per catch and made 66 touchdowns in all 149 of his matches.

Orr was a pro bowler twice, once for the Colts in 1965 and another for the Steelers in 1959. As the Pittsburgh Steelers mourn Orr's devastating death, they have done well to put a smile on a fan's face.


On Wednesday, one of their players, Chase Claypool, made headlines for his moving act of kindness towards a longtime fan. It happened that a man named BJ Swoager shared a TiK Tok video of his 76-year-old father, Jimmy Swoager, who had dementia and was a lifelong Steelers fan.

Due to his health battle, Jimmy could no longer remember the team players, something he could name by heart before. He urged the Steelers players to help send some fan apparels to help jug his dad's memory. 

Claypool came across the video and sent Jimmy a signed jersey, and wished BJ a happy 40th birthday. The sports world has been dealt a heavy blow this year as they have lost many iconic sportsmen and sportswomen.  The list includes Gale Sayers, John Thompson, John Blake, Clifford Robinson, and Kobe Bryant. May the souls of the departed rest in peace.