Michael Gasperson

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Michael Gasperson
No. 19
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1982-06-10) June 10, 1982 (age 34)
Place of birth: Monterey, California
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
College: San Diego
Undrafted: 2005
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Michael Gasperson (born June 10, 1982) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League. He played for the Philadelphia Eagles for one season in 2007. He was signed by the Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2005. He played college football at San Diego.

Early years[edit]

Gasperson was a four-sport letterman at Palma High School in Salinas, California and earned the school's Outstanding Senior Athlete award in his senior year. In addition to playing baseball, basketball and soccer as a kid, he was also a competitive swimmer.

College career[edit]

Gasperson played college football at the University of San Diego under current San Francisco 49ers headcoach Jim Harbaugh, brother of the then-Eagles secondary coach John Harbaugh, who is currently the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens. In 2002, Gasperson received first-team All-Pioneer Football League honors after hauling in a team-high 57 receptions for 907 yd and 10 TDs. During the 2002 regular season game against Valparaiso Gasperson set a USD and PFL record with five touchdowns.

Over three seasons Gasperson accounted for 116 receptions, 1,894 yards, and 17 touchdowns. He was named to the Sports Network's I-AA Mid-Major All-America Team in 2004. He also earned team MVP honors.

Professional career[edit]

After being undrafted in the 2005 NFL Draft, Gasperson was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as a free agent. A big-bodied receiver, Gasperson spent the majority of the 2005 season on the Eagles practice squad before being allocated to play for the Cologne Centurions in NFL Europe that following spring.

After spending time playing for Cologne, Gasperson returned to the United States to continue his involvement with the Eagles during the 2006 and 2007 seasons. On December 19, 2007, Gasperson was moved up from the Eagles practice squad and placed on their active roster. This came after injuries were suffered by both Matt Schobel and L. J. Smith.

Gasperson's regular season NFL debut came against the New Orleans Saints in week 16; the Eagles defeated the New Orleans Saints 38-23. Gasperson recorded one incomplete pass after dropping a ball thrown to him in the flat by Donovan McNabb in the game. Later in the game Gasperson caught, and downed, a punt for the Eagles.

On January 2, 2008, Gasperson was re-signed to a three-year contract with the Eagles. He was released during final cuts on August 30, 2008.

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