Jermichael Finley in 2012
|Date of birth:March 26, 1987|
|Place of birth: Lufkin, Texas|
|High school: Diboll (TX)|
|NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 3 / Pick: 91|
|Debuted in 2008 for the Green Bay Packers|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Jermichael Decorean Finley (born March 26, 1987) is an American football tight end who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Packers in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Texas.
Finley attended Diboll High School in Diboll, Texas where he not only started at Tight End, but also played defensive end, wide receiver, safety, punter and kicker. As a high school senior he was named first team 3A all-state by the Texas Sports Writer Association and second team by the Associated Press. He was also named first-team all-district as a junior. Finley also holds a number of records at Diboll including 36 receptions for 878 yards. He also holds the record for receiving touchdowns with 13. He was also a district most valuable player in basketball.
Finley received scholarships from Texas, Arizona, Houston, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech.
Finley chose to play at Texas and received a redshirt during his freshman year in 2005.
As a redshirt freshman, he played in all 13 games and started four of them when the Longhorns came out in two tight-end sets. He caught passes in 10 games and broke the school freshman record for receptions at 31 and had 371 yards and three touchdowns. At the end of the year, Finley was named an honorable mention Freshman All-American team.
Continuing on into his sophomore season, Finley started all 13 games at tight end. On October 6, 2007, Finley broke the school record for receiving yards by a tight end in a 28-21 loss against Oklahoma when he caught four passes for a career high 149 yards. He finished the season with 45 receptions for 575 yards and two touchdowns. His performance earned honorable mention All-Big 12 Conference honors from the league’s coaches and media.
On January 8, 2008, Finley announced he would forgo his junior and senior seasons of eligibility to enter the NFL by declaring himself eligible for the 2008 NFL Draft. Longhorn head coach Mack Brown said "Finley finished his career ranked among the most productive receiving tight ends in school history and handled himself well both on and off the field during his time at Texas."
2008 NFL Combine
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Green Bay Packers
Finley was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He battled Tory Humphrey in training camp to be the Packers' No. 2 tight end. Finley eventually won the battle with incumbent veteran, Donald Lee for the starting Tight End position.
Finley had a breakout season in 2009, totaling his first 100-yard game in an October 5 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings while finishing the latter half of the season leading the team in targets. On January 10, 2010, Finley posted an historic performance in the Packers playoff bout with the Arizona Cardinals, catching six passes for 159 yards, the second most yards amassed by a tight end in playoff history behind Kellen Winslow's performance in The Epic in Miami.
After posting two 100-yard games in the first three games of 2010, Finley suffered a season-ending knee injury against the Washington Redskins. He was placed on injured reserve by the Packers on October 18.
Finley started the 2011 season off strong, catching three touchdowns in a Week 3 divisional match up against the Chicago Bears. Despite key drops late in the season, Finley still finished 3rd amongst tight ends in receiving touchdowns and 12th in terms of yards. After the 2011 season, Finley became a free agent. On February 22, 2012 the Green Bay Packers resigned Jermichael Finley to a 2-year $14 million contract. Finley was set to make a little over $5 million in 2012, and will make around $8 million in 2013. In week 7 of the 2013 season against the Browns, Finley suffered a bruised spinal cord.
Regular season statistics
He is also the half brother of former Texas A&M running back Jorvorskie Lane. According to a November 2007 report, the two still continue to have a relationship with their father. They also played with each other growing up, and also were on the same AAU basketball team during their teen years.
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