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 Greg Jennings

Gregory Jennings, Jr. (born September 21, 1983 in KalamazooMichigan) is a professional American football wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. He was drafted out of Western Michigan Universityin the second round, 52nd overall, of the 2006 NFL Draft.

Jennings attended Kalamazoo Central High School where he was all conference in three sports—footballbasketballand track. Jennings played wide receiver, running back, outside linebacker and defensive back as a three-timeletterman for the football team. He was listed 11th on the “Fab 50″ rankings of the Detroit Free Press as a senior.[1]Jennings finished seventh in voting for Mr. Basketball of Michigan in 2000–01[2] and scored a school record 50 points in a losing effort against Benton Harbor as a senior.[1]

[edit]College career

Greg Jennings attended Western Michigan University. He finished his career there with 238 receptions for 3539 yards and 39 touchdowns. When Jennings was a redshirt freshman, he missed 8 games due to a broken ankle bone. In the 8 games he did play, he caught 10 passes for 138 yards. In 2003, he was second on the Broncos with 56 catches for 1,050 yards and 14 touchdowns. He finished the 2003 season with 1,734 all-purpose yards. He was named to the second team All-Mid American team. In 2004, he led the Broncos with 74 catches for 1,092 yards and 11 touchdowns. He tallied 1,415 all-purpose yards. He was named to the All-MAC team. In 2005, he had 98 catches, and led the nation in catches per game, with 8.91. He had 1,259 yards with 14 touchdowns, and earned the 2005 MAC Offensive Player of the Year Award. His 5,093 all-purpose yards is a WMU record, and ranks 8th in MAC history. Jennings became only the 11th player to gain over 1,000 yards in at least three seasons of a college career.[3] Jennings graduated from WMU in 2010 after completing the 16 credits he needed through self-instructional classes.[4]

[edit]Professional career

[edit]Green Bay Packers

The Green Bay Packers drafted Jennings in the 2nd round (52nd pick overall) of the 2006 NFL draft. Jennings signed to a four-year contract on July 25, 2006. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported the deal was worth $2.85 million, including a $1.24 million signing bonus.

Jennings was named the starting wide receiver, along with Donald Driver, which put Robert Ferguson in the slot, for his first professional regular season game Green Bay Packers by head coach Mike McCarthy on September 2, 2006. Jennings led the NFL in receiving yardage during the 2006 preseason. He had 1 catch for 5 yards in his first game.

On September 24, 2006, he caught a 75-yard TD pass from Brett Favre against the Detroit Lions. It was Favre’s 400th TD pass for his career, a milestone reached only by Favre, Dan Marino, and Peyton Manning. This was also Jennings’ first 100-plus yard game, as he finished with 3 catches, 101 yds and 1 touchdown. Jennings was voted NFL Rookie of the Week for games played September 24–25, 2006, the only time he received this honor. Jennings was also named to the NFL All Rookie team at the end of the season.

On September 23, 2007, Jennings caught a game-winning 57-yard TD pass from Favre with less than two minutes to play to help beat the San Diego Chargers 31–24 at Lambeau Field and improve the team’s record to 3–0 in 2007. This was Jennings’ 1st touchdown catch in 2007, as well as Favre’s 420th career touchdown pass, tying him with Dan Marino for the most TD passes in NFL history.

A week later on September 30, 2007, during a 23–16 victory over the Minnesota Vikings, Jennings caught a 16-yard pass from Brett Favre that opened the scoring 10 minutes into the first quarter, and broke the all-time touchdown pass record Favre had shared with Dan Marino.[5] On October 29, 2007, Jennings caught an 82-yard touchdown pass from Favre to defeat the Denver Broncos 19–13 in overtime, tying him for the second longest overtime touchdown in NFL history. Then the following week, he caught the game-winning touchdown pass that went for 60 yards to beat the Chiefs in Kansas City. Against the Cowboys on November 29, 2007, in a game broadcast on the NFL network, Jennings hauled in the first ever touchdown pass by quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Jennings and running back Ryan Grant each had a touchdown during a 33–14 victory over the St. Louis Rams on December 16, 2007, making it the first time two Packers players have each scored a touchdown in the same four consecutive games.[6] Jennings collected 80 receptions for 1292 yards and 9 touchdowns in the 2008 season.

On June 23, 2009 Jennings received a new three year extension which will pay him $26.35 million and includes $16M guaranteed. It also includes a $11.25 million signing bonus.[7] Jennings caught a game winning pass on September 13, 2009 on a 3rd and two play, where the Packers ran a play action fake and rolled Aaron Rodgers out to the left, who then threw a long 50 yard pass to Greg Jennings to defeat the Chicago Bears in the season opener.[8] In the Packers 2009 Wild Card game against the Arizona Cardinals, Jennings had 8 receptions for 130 yards, scoring 1 touchdown. In the 2010-2011 season, Jennings helped the Packers go 10-6 in the regular season. InSuper Bowl XLV, on February 6, 2011, Jennings caught four passes for 64 yards and scored two touchdowns in the Packers’ 31–25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.[9][10] [11]

Jennings played the first 13 games of the 2011 season before going down with a sprained MCL week 13 against the Oakland Raiders during the season he collected 69 receptions for 949 yards. Including a season high 149 yards on 7 receptions, and a TD in a week 7 game at the Minnesota Vikings. He returned for the Packer’s divisional round playoff game against the New York Giants and recorded 4 receptions for 40 yards in a Packers’ loss.

[edit]Career Statistics

[edit]Regular season

Season Team GS Rec Yds Avg Long TDs
2006 Green Bay Packers 14 45 632 14.0 75 3
2007 Green Bay Packers 13 53 920 17.4 82 12
2008 Green Bay Packers 16 80 1,292 16.2 63 9
2009 Green Bay Packers 16 68 1,113 16.4 83 4
2010 Green Bay Packers 16 76 1,265 16.6 86 12
2011 Green Bay Packers 13 67 949 14.2 79 9
Total 88 389 6,171 15.9 86 49

[edit]Playoff Games

Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com

Year Date Team Opp. Result Receiving Scoring
Rec Yds Avg TD TD Point
2007 2008-01-12 GBP SEA W 42-20 6 71 11.83 2 2 12
2007 2008-01-20 GBP NYG L 20-23 1 14 14.0 0 0 0
2009 2010-01-10 GBP ARI L 45-51 8 130 16.25 1 1 6
2010 2011-01-09 GBP PHI W 21-16 1 8 8.0 0 0 0
2010 2011-01-15 GBP ATL W 48-21 8 101 12.63 0 0 0
2010 2011-01-23 GBP CHI W 21-14 8 130 16.25 0 0 0
2010 2011-02-06 GBP PIT W 31-25 4 64 16.0 2 2 12
Total 7 Games 36 518 14.39 5 5 30

[edit]Greg Jennings Foundation

This is a foundation started by Greg Jennings to attempt to benefit underprivileged children and youth organizations. The entire charity organization raises money through organizational events, donations, and fund raisers. The organization allows people, groups, and organizations from either Michigan or Wisconsin to apply for grant money. The headquarters of the foundation are in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

[edit]Acting career

On May 5, 2010, Jennings made an appearance on the CBS prime time hit show Criminal Minds. He portrayed a lab technician working at a crime scene.[12] Jennings is also in discussions to appear on BET’s The Game.[13] He appeared as himself on the July 6, 2011, episode of Royal Pains.

[edit]Family

Greg Jennings is married to Nicole Jennings, also of Kalamazoo, and they have three daughters named Amya, Alea and Ayva.[14]

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