Thomas Gafford

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Thomas Gafford
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At a game in Denver in January, 2010.
No. 43     Kansas City Chiefs
Long snapper
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-01-29) January 29, 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth: Houston, Texas
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school: Friendwoods (TX) Clear Brook
College: Houston
Undrafted in 2005
Debuted in 2008 for the Kansas City Chiefs
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012
Games played 73
Games started 0
Tackles 3
Stats at NFL.com

Thomas Edward Gafford (born January 29, 1983) is an American football long snapper for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. He was signed by the Green Bay Packers as a street free agent in 2006. He played college football at Houston.

Gafford has also been a member of the Seattle Seahawks and Chicago Bears.

Early years[edit]

Gafford attended Clear Brook High School and was president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and a letterman in football. As a senior, he was named both Most Valuable Player and Receiver of the Year for the Clear Brook High School football team.

College career[edit]

Gafford was a four-year letterman at the University of Houston and played in 47 games for the Cougars football team.

Professional career[edit]

First stint with Packers[edit]

Gafford went undrafted in the 2005 NFL Draft and remained unsigned until joining the Green Bay Packers on January 5, 2006. He was waived by the team on August 29.

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Gafford was signed by the Seattle Seahawks on January 17, 2007, but was waived on June 20.

Second stint with Packers[edit]

Gafford was re-signed by the Green Bay Packers on March 5, 2008, only to be released by the team yet again on August 4.

Chicago Bears[edit]

Gafford was briefly a member of the Chicago Bears, joining the team on August 19, 2008. He was waived during final cuts on August 31.

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Gafford (#43- far left) on the sidelines

Gafford was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs on October 29, 2008 after long snapper J. P. Darche was placed on injured reserve. He made his professional debut on November 2 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and went on to serve as long snapper during the team's final nine games.

Gafford was waived by the Chiefs on June 19, 2009. The team re-signed him on August 13 after waiving long snapper Tanner Purdum. In 2011, despite being Long Snapper, Gafford recorded 3 tackles.

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