Greg Jennings

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Greg Jennings
Greg Jennings-1.jpg
Greg Jennings in 2011
No. 15     Minnesota Vikings
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-09-21) September 21, 1983 (age 30)
Place of birth: Kalamazoo, Michigan
Height: 6 ft 0 in (183 cm) Weight: 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school: Kalamazoo (MI) Central
College: Western Michigan
NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 2 / Pick: 52
Debuted in 2006 for the Green Bay Packers
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Receptions 493
Receiving yards 7,341
Receiving TDs 57
Stats at NFL.com

Gregory Jennings, Jr. (born September 21, 1983) is an American football wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers out of Western Michigan University in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Jennings was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He attended Kalamazoo Central High School where he was all conference in three sports—football, basketball and track. Jennings played wide receiver, running back, outside linebacker and defensive back as a four-time letterman 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]

College career[edit]

Greg Jennings attended Western Michigan University. He finished his career there with 238 receptions for 3,539 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. He also competed on their debate team, becoming President of the American Parliamentary Debate Association his junior year.[3] Jennings graduated from WMU in 2010 after completing the 16 credits he needed through self-instructional classes.[4]

Professional career[edit]

2006 NFL Combine[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 11 in 197 lb 4.42 s 1.57 s 2.60 s 4.18 s 6.69 s 36.5 in 9 ft 9 in
All values from NFL Combine.[5]

Green Bay Packers[edit]

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.

Jennings in 2010.

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' first 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 Favre that opened the scoring ten minutes into the first quarter, and broke the all-time touchdown pass record Favre had shared with Dan Marino.[6] 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.[7] 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 paid him $26.35 million and included $16M guaranteed. It also included a $11.25 million signing bonus.[8] 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.[9] 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. In Super 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.[10][11] [12]

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.

In 2012, Jennings sat out most of the early season due to a groin injury, and was scheduled to have surgery in Philadelphia, but was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy.[13]

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

On March 15, 2013, Jennings signed a 5-year, $47.5 million ($18 million guaranteed) contract with the Minnesota Vikings. Jennings got his first two touchdowns with the Minnesota Vikings against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a 34-27 win.[14]

Jennings made his first return to Lambeau Field on November 24, 2013 in a 26-26 tie between the Packers and Vikings.[15]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

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
2012 Green Bay Packers 8 36 366 10.2 45 4
2013 Minnesota Vikings 15 68 804 11.8 70 4
Total 101 445 6,823 15.4 86 55

Playoffs[edit]

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
2011 2012-01-15 GBP NYG L 20–37 4 40 10.0 0 0 0
2012 2013-01-05 GBP MIN W 24–10 4 61 15.25 0 0 0
2012 2013-01-12 GBP SF L 31–45 6 54 9.0 1 1 6
Total 10 Games 50 673 13.46 6 6 36

Greg Jennings Foundation[edit]

This is a foundation started by 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.

Acting career[edit]

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.[16] Jennings is also in discussions to appear on BET's The Game.[17] He appeared as himself on the July 6, 2011, episode of Royal Pains and the 2013 The League episode, "The Near Death Flex-perience". He is also the main actor and star of Old Spice 'Smelf' ad campaign.

Personal[edit]

Jennings is married to Nicole Jennings, also of Kalamazoo, and they have three daughters named Amya, Alea and Ayva. On October 5, 2012, they welcomed their son Aice Gregory.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Greg Jennings Profile at Greg Jennings official website (retrieved December 7, 2010).
  2. ^ Hal Schram Mr. Basketball at Michigan High School Basketball Record Book (accessed December 7, 2010).
  3. ^ Green Bay Packers bio for Greg Jennings (accessed December 7, 2010).
  4. ^ Golston, Hilary. "Packers WR Jennings graduates, set to make TV debut on CBS show". WFRV-TV. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Greg Jennings, DS #5 WR, Western Michigan". Nfldraftscout.com. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  6. ^ Pasquarelli, Len. "Favre audibles to a record-setting performance". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 1, 2007. 
  7. ^ Goska, Eric. "Eric Goska column: Grant-Jennings scoring streak sets team record". Packersnews.com. Retrieved December 17, 2007. 
  8. ^ Sources: Jennings close to extension ESPN, June 23, 2009
  9. ^ Game Review: Clutch In Crunch Time To Beat Bears Packers.com, September 14, 2009
  10. ^ ESPN Super Bowl Box Score
  11. ^ Layden, Tim (February 14, 2011). "Green And Golden: Behind the poise and precision of quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the gutsy contributions of a host of role players, the Packers burnished their championship legacy with a memorable 31—25 victory over Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLV". Sports Illustrated. Time Inc. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Greg Jennings sells T-shirts to raise money for his foundation". Fox 11 online. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Greg Jennings' hernia surgery postponed by Sandy". National Football League. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Source: Greg Jennings, Vikings agree". ESPN.com. March 15, 2013. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Green Bay Packers Rule Out Sam Shields; Minnesota Vikings Activate Greg Jennings". 
  16. ^ Packers Greg Jennings on Criminal Minds TerezOwens, May 11, 2010
  17. ^ Greg Jennings in prime time Wednesday ESPN, May 5, 2010
  18. ^ Nicole Jennings Endowment Benefits Nursing Students WMU Foundation (retrieved February 7, 2011)

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