Dreessen with the Houston Texans
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|Date of birth:||July 26, 1982|
|Place of birth:||Ida Grove, Iowa|
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||245 lb (111 kg)|
|NFL Draft:||2005 / Round: 6 / Pick: 198|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2013|
Joel Clifford Dreessen (born July 26, 1982) is a former American football tight end. He was drafted by the New York Jets in the sixth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Colorado State.
Dreessen was born in Ida Grove, Iowa, and graduated from Fort Morgan High School in 2000. In 1999, Fort Morgan was the Colorado 3A State champions. Dreessen was also a member of the all-state team in Colorado that year.
Dreessen then attended Colorado State University.
New York Jets
On October 28, 2007, Joel Dreessen caught his first NFL touchdown pass, a 28-yard reception in the fourth quarter from quarterback Sage Rosenfels against the San Diego Chargers at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium. It was Houston's only touchdown in a 35-10 loss, and Dreessen was named Houston's top offensive player despite only one reception. Dreessen re-signed with the Texans in 2009 for a reported three-year, $3.6 million deal.
Near the end of the 2009 season, Dreessen had become the starter at tight end due to the injury of Owen Daniels. Dreessen caught the first touchdown pass in the Texans' last game against the New England Patriots from Matt Schaub.
Dreessen signed with the Denver Broncos on March 23, 2012 for three years and $8.5 million. In 2012, he caught 41 receptions as well as 5 touchdowns while playing in 16 games with 15 starts. Dreesen played in 13 games in the 2013 season, receiving only 7 catches and one touchdown.
Dreessen was released by the Broncos on July 22, 2014 after a failed physical.