Jabar Gaffney

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Gaffney at the Patriots 2007 Training Camp

Jabar Gaffney is a National Football League wide receiver for the Denver Broncos. He was born on December 1, 1980 in Antonio, Texas. He is the son of former University of Florida and New York Jets wide receiver R. Derrick Gaffney. He is 6-1 and weighs 205 pounds.

College Football Career

Jabar Gaffney attended University of Florida from 1999 to 2001 and started at wide receiver for two of those years (2000 & 2001) for the Florida Gators. In his time as a Gator Jabar was one of the most productive receivers in Florida history. He broke the Florida record for 100 yard receiving games with 14. He also was the only receiver in Gators history to have consecutive 1,000 yard receiving seasons in school history. In both 2000 and 2001 he was named to numerous All American first and second teams. He also received many other awards and honors such as the 2001 Sporting News National Freshman Player of the Year. In his entire playing time with Florida he had the total statics of 138 receptions for 2,375 yards and 27 touchdowns.

NFL Career

Jabar Gaffney was drafted by the Houston Texans in the second round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He was fairly productive in his four years as a Texan receiver compiling 171 receptions for 2009 yards and 7 touchdowns. Gaffney has been labeled a possession type wide receiver and this stereotype is probably fair. In his five NFL season Jabar has only once had a reception that amount for more then forty yards. Regardless of the fact that he lacks breakaway speed Gaffney was one of the most productive receivers in the Huston Texans history as a team. After his contract ran out in 2006 the Texan opted not to resign him and he became a free agent and signed with the Philadelphia Eagles. However, shortly after signing Gaffney, the Eagles cut him from the team and he once again became a free agent. On September 9, 2006 he signed a two year deal with the New England Patriots. He played in eleven of the Patriots regular season games and started six of them. His total production in those games was a rather unimpressive 11 receptions for 142 yards and a touchdown but when the 2006 NFL playoffs began Gaffney's production skyrocketed. In the Wild Card Weekend game vs. the New York Jets Jabar had 8 receptions for 104 yards in a Patriots win. The next week he totaled 10 receptions for 103 yards and touchdown vs the San Diego Chargers in the Divisional Playoff game. Partly due to his key touchdown catch before the second half, the Patriots ended up coming form behind and winning the game. In the AFC Championship game vs the Indianapolis Colts he didn't have a huge game but he ended up having a huge catch. On a third and goal play Gaffney made a amazing reception, jumping up on his tiptoes and snagging the football for a touchdown while being pushed to the ground at the same moment by Colt defenders. He would end the game with 3 receptions for 37 yards and a touchdown in a Patriots loss. He was the second leading receiver in the 2006 postseason.

Gaffney is currently signed to a two year deal with the Patriots which concludes after the 2007 season. He is expected to battle for a spot on the Patriots depth chart at wide receiver at training camp.

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