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Greg Jennings biography

Date of birth : 1983-09-21
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Kalamazoo, Michigan
Nationality : American
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2011-01-31
Credited as : Football player NFL, wide receiver for the Packers, Super Bowl 45

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Greg Jennings is a professional American football wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers of the NFL.


• One of just five receivers in team history to post back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons.
• Leads the NFL with 21 catches of 40-plus yards over the past three seasons, and his career 34.2-yard average per TD reception is tops among active players.
• Has caught a pass in 58 of 59 games played for the Packers (61 of 62 including playoffs).
• Posted career highs in receptions (80) and receiving yards (1,292) in 2008 on his way to being named first alternate for the Pro Bowl.
• Caught Brett Favre’s 400th, 420th, and 421st TD passes in 2006-07 as the future Hall of Fame QB chased, matched and surpassed Dan Marino’s career record for TD passes.
• Led the nation in receptions per game (8.91) in his 2005 senior season at Western Michigan.
• Became the first Mid-American Conference player to earn league MVP and offensive player of the year recognition in the same season since Randy Moss of Marshall did so in 1997.
• Attended the same high school (Kalamazoo Central) as N.Y. Yankees superstar Derek Jeter; joins Jeter and RB T.J. Duckett as three of the top athletes ever to come out of Kalamazoo, Mich.

2009 :
Played in all 16 games for the second straight year with 13 starts and led the team with 1,113 receiving yards on 68 catches (16.4 avg.)...Was tied for fourth on the team with four TD catches and tied career-best with five 100-yard games...Added a fifth TD, and sixth 100-yard game, with season-best 130 yards in playoffs... Ranked tied for seventh in the NFL with six receptions of 40-plus yards and was sixth in the NFC in receiving yards... Was named to USA Today’s “All-Joe Team” for making significant contributions with little fanfare... Vs. Chicago (Sept. 13): Started and led team with 106 yards on six receptions (17.7 avg.), beating CB Nathan Vasher on a post route for a 50-yard score with just over a minute remaining (and catching the two-point conversion pass), to give Packers the 21-15 win...Vs. Cincinnati (9/20): Did not catch a pass for the first time in his career, snapping a streak of 44 consecutive games with a reception... At St. Louis (Sept. 27): Posted two receptions for 103 yards (51.5 avg.) – a 50-yarder deep down the right sideline on a third-down play in the second quarter to set up Driver’s 21-yard TD on the next play (putting him over 3,000 career yards), and a 53-yarder over CB Ronald Bartell on the first play of the fourth quarter, leading to Rodgers’ TD run four plays later... Vs. Minnesota (Nov. 1): Led the team with seven receptions for 81 yards (11.6 avg.), including a 10-yard TD reception on the right sideline of the end zone in the fourth quarter despite being interfered with by CB Karl Paymah...Vs. San Francisco (Nov. 22): Started and led the team with a season-high 126 yards on five catches (25.2 avg.), the biggest a 64-yard TD in the second quarter, when he caught a pass over the middle about 10 yards downfield and made nifty move to elude S Dashon Goldson and CB Tarell Brown at the San Francisco 45. Also caught a 37-yard pass down the left sideline to set up a Mason Crosby FG and went over 100-yard mark in first half with four receptions for 121 yards, a career high for an opening half... At Pittsburgh (Dec. 20): Led the team with 118 receiving yards on five receptions (23.6 avg.), including the longest catch of his career, an 83-yard TD on third down in the first quarter when he caught pass over the middle near midfield and shook off tackle attempt by S Tyrone Carter. That marked his third career TD catch of 80-plus yards, tied for first in franchise history with Driver, Howton and Dale... Vs. Seattle (Dec. 27): Started and led the team with four catches for 111 yards (27.8 avg.), his 14th career 100-yard game. The 27.8-yard average matched his career best (min. four receptions), tying his six-catch, 167-yard performance at Detroit on Sept. 14, 2008. Beat CB Kelly Jennings down left sideline on deep pass that picked up 40 yards late in the first quarter to put him over 1,000 yards for the season. On the next play, caught hitch from Rodgers, made CBs Marcus Trufant and Josh Wilson miss, and took it 24 yards down to Seattle’s 3; Grant scored on the next play. Also caught pass over the middle on third down that he took 38 yards to the Seattle 10 with under two minutes remaining in the first half to help set up a 29-yard Crosby FG... At Arizona (NFC Wild Card, Jan. 10): Started and led the team with eight receptions for 130 yards (16.3 avg.) and a TD. His four catches of 20-plus yards set a team postseason record. Posted 35-yard catch-and-run in the third quarter, stumbling at the Arizona 20 before getting back up and running down to the Cardinals’ 3. Three plays later, made spectacular one-handed grab with his left hand on back-shoulder throw from Rodgers for 6-yard TD. Made leaping 22-yard grab over CB Bryant McFadden in the fourth quarter at Arizona’s 25, showing great body control to get both feet in bounds; Packers scored four plays later on Spencer Havner TD catch to even the score at 45.

Finished his career at Western Michigan as the school’s all-time leader in receptions (238), TD catches (39) and all-purpose yards (5,093), and ranked second in receiving yards (3,539), behind Neal’s 3,599... Remains first in TDs but is second in all other categories now... Became just the 11th player in NCAA Division I history to record three career 1,000-yard receiving seasons (2003-05)... His 238 career receptions tied him for third on the all-time list of the Mid-American Conference (is now tied for ninth), his 3,539 receiving yards ranked fourth (now seventh), and his 39 TD receptions remain second in the MAC record books, exceeded only by the 47 of Marshall’s Darius Watts... Recorded 18 career 100-yard receiving games... Also returned 41 kickoffs for 921 yards (22.5 avg.) and 49 punts for 541 yards (11.0) with two TDs... Senior season (2005): Led the nation with an average of 8.91 receptions per game, while also ranking second in the country in yards receiving per game (114.45), trailing only Oregon State’s Mike Hass (139.27)... Established WMU single-season marks for receptions with 98 – 21 better than the prior record – and yards with 1,259 (both totals now rank second in school history), and tied his own mark for TD receptions, which still stands (14, also done in 2003)... Additionally, rushed 10 times for 50 yards, returned 20 punts for 172 yards (8.6 avg.), ran back two kickoffs for 20 yards and threw a TD pass... Was a third-team All-America pick of The Associated Press, while also garnering second-team recognition from Sports Illustrated... Received the MAC’s ‘Vern Smith Leadership Award,’ given annually to the league’s most valuable player, and was named MAC ‘Offensive Player of the Year’... Became the first conference player to receive both honors in the same season since Moss in ’97... Led the MAC in both receptions and receiving yards, while tying two others for the league lead in TD catches... Posted a career-best seven 100-yard receiving games, and for the second consecutive year had a TD reception in six straight contests... Started all 11 games, having at least six catches in all but one contest (four vs. Kent State on Oct. 29)... Made 11 receptions in 60-57, five-OT loss to Ball State (Oct. 8) – the longest game in MAC history – for a career-high 244 yards and a school-record four TDs (breaking the prior mark of three, done on five other occasions including once by himself in 2003)... Junior season (2004): Led the Broncos in receiving for the first time, with 74 catches, while becoming only the second player in school history to post back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons (1,092), joining Neal (1998-99)... Earned first-team All-MAC accolades...

Born Gregory Jennings Jr in Kalamazoo, Mich ... He was nicknamed ‘Superman’ in high school because of his personality on the field... Married his wife, the former Nicole Lindsey, in June 2005; the two had known each other since the fifth grade, but they did not begin to date regularly until after high school... The couple has two daughters, Amya, 3, and Alea, 1, with a third child due in December... Father, Greg, is a pastor at Progressive Deliverance Ministries in Kalamazoo, Mich., while his mother, Gwen, is a church missionary... Is a first cousin of former Denver Broncos LB Ian Gold; Jennings’ mother and Gold’s mother are sisters... Younger brother, Cortney, played basketball at Wayne State University...
As Hobbies/interests: This past spring, completed his college coursework and graduated from Western Michigan with a major in public relations and a minor in drug abuse... Upon retirement from football, would like to be heavily involved in the church ministry... Plays the bass and owns five guitars... Hobbies include playing basketball, bowling and golf as well as spending time with his wife and children... Also enjoys attending church services... Created own Web site, his own segments for “In the Locker Room with Greg Jennings” for FOX 6 Milwaukee...Took part in the Packers Fan Tours Caribbean cruise in 2010... Also made an appearance on the CBS crime drama Criminal Minds, playing the role of a lab technician...

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