Gary Jeter, 1976 USC All-American Defensive Tackle, Dies

    Gary Jeter
    March 11, 2016

    Former USC defensive tackle Gary Jeter, a 1976 All-American first teamer who then starred in the NFL for 13 seasons, died on Thursday (March 10) in Plainsboro, N.J. He was 61.

    Jeter was a 4-year (1973-76) starter for the Trojans and was a member of Troy's 1974 national championship team. He recorded 234 career tackles at USC and won All-Conference first team honors his last 3 seasons. During his time, the Trojans played in 3 Rose Bowls (1974-75-77) and in the 1975 Liberty Bowl.

    He was the fifth pick of the 1977 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. He played with the Giants (1977-82), Los Angeles Rams (1983-88) and New England Patriots (1989). In his career, he recorded 52 sacks, which didn't become an official recorded statistic until 1983.

    He was born in Weirton, W.Va., and was a prep All-American at Cathedral Latin High in Cleveland, Ohio.

    After his playing career, he became a bakery owner, held positions in private business and was an NFL game-day assistant.

    He is survived by his wife, Leslie, and his daughters, Kayla (she was an All-American volleyball player at Tennessee), Breana (she is currently on the Vols' volleyball team), Denyse and Ayisha.

    Funeral services are Saturday, March 19, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Rita's Parish, 32820 Baldwin Rd., Solon, OHIO 44139.