Rich Gunnell

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Rich Gunnell
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-01-12) January 12, 1987 (age 30)
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 197 lb (89 kg)
Career information
College: Boston College
Undrafted: 2010
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at

Richard P. "Rich" Gunnell (born January 12, 1987) is a former American football wide receiver. He was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He played college football at Boston College.[1]

Early years[edit]

Gunnell is from East Windsor, New Jersey[2] and was a standout at Notre Dame High School in New Jersey.[1] In high school, he made 115 receptions for 2,200 yards and 38 touchdowns. He also returned three kickoffs and two punts for touchdowns. He played for head coach Chappy Moore, and was on the school's basketball and track teams.[2]

College career[edit]

Gunnell set the career receiving yard record at Boston College, surpassing Pete Mitchell's 1991-94 mark. Gunnell broke the record on a 61-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter of his final game against USC in the 2009 Emerald Bowl. He finished with 2,459 receiving yards in his career surpassing Mitchell’s 2,388 yards. In his final collegiate game Gunnell he had 130 receiving yards and one touchdown on six catches.[3] He was also the active leader in catches, receiving yards, and punt return touchdowns in the Atlantic Coast Conference.[1]

Gunnell was voted the Eagles Most Valuable Player by his teammates, the first time a wide receiver captain received the honor since 1990. His "dream" is to play professionally and is awaiting an invitation to the NFL Combine.[1] Gunnell was a senior team captain along with center Matt Tennant and middle linebacker Mike McLaughlin.[4] Gunnell played under three head coaches start including Tom O'Brien and Frank Spaziani[4]

Gunnell played with quarterbacks Matt Ryan, Dominique Davis, and Dave Shinskie.[5] His best season statistically was as a sophomore with Ryan as quarterback when he had 64 receptions for 931 yards and 7 receiving touchdowns. His senior year with 25-year-old freshman Shinskie he caught 54 passes for 750 yards, and 6 touchdown, plus another 5 catches for 117 yards and a touchdown against USC in the Emerald Bowl.[6]

Professional career[edit]

On April 25, 2010, it was announced that Gunnell had signed with the Kansas City Chiefs. However, just prior to the start of the 2010 season on September 3, the Chiefs released Gunnell along with 6 other players vying for roster spots. Rich Gunnell was the final cut for Kansas City Chiefs and was placed on the practice squad. [7]

Coaching career[edit]

Gunnell is currently a graduate assistant at Boston College, his alma mater. He coached at Marian High School in Framingham, Massachusetts, in 2014. Gunnell will be the wide receivers coach for Boston College in the 2016 season.


  1. ^ a b c d Joe O'Gorman Gunnell grateful for football career at Boston College December 21, 2009 Trentonian
  2. ^ a b Player Profile Boston College
  3. ^ Heather Dinich Instant Analysis: USC 24, BC 13 December 26, 2009 ESPN
  4. ^ a b Dan Rowinski Seniors Set To Bid Adieu in San Francisco December 26, 2009 WEEI
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ ESPN player profile
  7. ^

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