Gaffney during the Redskins training camp in 2011.
|Date of birth:December 1, 1980|
|Place of birth: San Antonio, Texas|
|High school: Jacksonville (FL) Raines|
|NFL Draft: 2002 / Round: 2 / Pick: 33|
|Debuted in 2002 for the Houston Texans|
|Last played in 2012 for the Miami Dolphins|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
Derrick Jabar Gaffney (born December 1, 1980) is an American former college and professional football player who was a wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons. He played college football for the University of Florida, and was recognized as a consensus All-American. He was drafted by the Houston Texans in the second round of the 2002 NFL Draft, and also played for the New England Patriots, Denver Broncos, Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins.
- 1 Early years
- 2 College career
- 3 Professional career
- 4 Family
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 Bibliography
- 8 External links
Gaffney was born in San Antonio, Texas. He attended William M. Raines High School in Jacksonville, Florida, and was a letterman for the Raines Vikings high school football team. In football, he was a two-year starter as a wide receiver, and as a junior in 1997, he caught the game-winning, fourth-quarter touchdown pass in the state championship game.
Gaffney accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Steve Spurrier's Florida Gators football team in 2000 and 2001. The Gators coaching staff decided to redshirt him as true freshman in 1999. Gaffney became a prolific pass-catcher as a first-year starter for the Gators in 2000, and made the game-winning touchdown catch with fourteen seconds remaining to defeat the Tennessee Volunteers 27–23—a game that ultimately decided the 2000 winner of the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Gaffney amassed 1,184 receiving yards and fourteen touchdown receptions in 2000, and another 1,191 and thirteen touchdowns in 2001.
He was a first-team All-SEC selection in 2000 and 2001; he was a College Football News first-team All-American after his redshirt freshman season in 2000, and was recognized as a unanimous first-team All-American by the Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association, Football Writers Association of America, Sporting News, and Walter Camp Foundation following his 2001 sophomore season. In 2001, he was one of the three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award, recognizing the best receiver in college football. He finished his two-season college career with 138 receptions for 2,375 yards and twenty-seven touchdowns, and was chosen by his teammates as the Gators' most valuable player. He remains the only receiver in Gators history with two seasons of 1,000 yards or more.
In February 2000, Gaffney was charged with allegedly stealing $245 and a watch from the Florida Field locker room during the high school state championships, but the prosecutor placed him in a pretrial diversion program. After Steve Spurrier kicked him off the team in December 1999, he was eventually allowed to earn his way back onto the squad but forfeited his scholarship for a year.
During the 2001 season, Gaffney and another athlete forcefully detained a 15-year-old boy who was stealing motor scooters from their apartment, and held him until police arrived. The boy's mother later alleged that Gaffney beat, kicked, choked and attempted to drown her son. The police declined to file charges and the state attorney agreed, stating the mother's allegations were inconsistent with the evidence and no jury would convict given the circumstances.
Gaffney was selected with the 1st pick in the 2nd round of the 2002 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans. His tenure with the team was marred by his often inconsistent play which led to his benching in favor of veteran receivers, in particular Corey Bradford. After his rookie contract was up the Texans chose not to re-sign him after he put up less-than stellar stats.
On March 16, 2006, the Eagles signed Gaffney to a one-year contract, but released him prior to the start of the regular season.
New England Patriots
Gaffney signed a two-year deal with the New England Patriots on October 9, 2006. 2007 was his first solid season. On March 5, 2008, Gaffney re-signed with the Patriots for one year worth $2 million.
In his first-ever playoff game, on January 7, 2007 against the New York Jets, Gaffney had a near-career day, catching eight passes for 104 yards, his second 100-yard performance as a receiver (in ten regular season games, Gaffney caught 11 passes for 142 yards and one touchdown.) Gaffney followed that performance a week later against San Diego with another 100-yard game, in which he caught ten passes and scored a touchdown.
Jabar Gaffney finished the 2008 season with 44 receptions for 468 yards and two touchdowns. His longest reception was 37 yards. His best game came against the Cardinals in week 16, when he had 90 yards receiving.
On February 27, 2009, Gaffney signed a four-year, $10 million contract with the Denver Broncos. The deal included $3 million guaranteed. In the Broncos' week 17 loss to Kansas City, he had a career day, catching 14 passes for 213 yards as the Broncos played without Brandon Marshall, who was benched for disciplinary reasons by head coach Josh McDaniels. He finished the 2009 season with 54 receptions for 732 yards and two touchdowns, ranking second on the team in receptions and receiving yards. Gaffney put up 875 yards in 2010.
On April 18, 2012, Gaffney announced that he was told not to attend the team's offseason conditioning program and that the Redskins were attempting to trade him. Head coach Mike Shanahan later stated that Gaffney could still remain on the Redskins, but felt obligated to let him explore other options throughout the league.
Gaffney was released by the Redskins on May 1, 2012
Return to New England Patriots
On October 2, 2012, Gaffney was signed by the Miami Dolphins. On November 20, 2012, Gaffney was waived. Days after his release, the NFL announced that Gaffney would be suspended for two games for failing to report an arrest to the league that occurred in Miami in 2010.
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Gaffney and ex-wife Terin have a son, Jackson Tyrel Gaffney, and a daughter, Teagan Danae Gaffney. He is the son of former New York Jets wide receiver Derrick Gaffney, and the first cousin of NFL cornerback Lito Sheppard.
- List of Florida Gators football All-Americans
- List of Florida Gators football players in the NFL
- List of Houston Texans players
- List of New England Patriots players
- List of Washington Redskins players
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