Thomas Gafford

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Thomas Gafford
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Gafford with the Kansas City Chiefs
No. -- Free agent
Position: Long snapper
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-01-29) January 29, 1983 (age 33)
Place of birth: Houston, Texas
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school: Clear Brook High School, Friendswood (TX)
College: Houston
Undrafted: 2005
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics as of 2014
Games played: 100
Games started: 0
Tackles: 4
Player stats at NFL.com

Thomas Edward Gafford (born January 29, 1983) is an American football long snapper who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the Green Bay Packers as a undrafted free agent in 2006. He played college football at Houston.

Gafford has also been a member of the Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs, Chicago Bears, and Oakland Raiders.

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 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 a long snapper, Gafford recorded 3 tackles.

Chicago Bears[edit]

On March 18, 2015, Gafford signed a one-year contract with the Bears.[1] He was released on November 28, 2015.

Oakland Raiders[edit]

On December 15, 2015, Gafford was signed after Jon Condo sustained an injury during a win over the Denver Broncos.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mayer, Larry (18 March 2015). "Bears sign long-snapper Gafford". Chicago Bears. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 

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