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Jabar Gaffney

Date of birth : 1980-12-01
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Jacksonville, Florida
Nationality : American
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2010-10-11

Jabar Gaffney , a ninth-year wide receiver who played all 16 games and totaled at least 400 receiving yards in seven of eight NFL seasons with Denver (2009), New England (2006-08) and Houston (2002-05).
• Posted Denver’s second-most receiving yards (213) in a game in team annals, setting a record for wide receivers, while tying for the third-most receptions (14) in a game in club history during the Broncos’ 2009 season finale vs. Kansas City (1/3/10).
• Owns 16 career games with at least 80 receiving yards, including five 100-yard performances.
• Set a personal best with 732 receiving yards in his first year with Denver in 2009 while his 54 catches that year fell one short of matching his single-season personal best.
• Hauled in a career-high five receiving touchdowns and had 36 catches for 449 yards (12.5 avg.) for New England in 2007, helping the club post the first 16-0 regular-season record in NFL history and advance to Super Bowl XLII.
• Became the first player in NFL history to post consecutive 8-catch, 100-yard receiving games in the playoffs with his effort during the 2006 postseason with the Patriots.
• Caught a career-high 55 passes for 492 yards (8.9 avg.) with two touchdowns in 2005 with Houston, where he spent his first four NFL seasons and was the second draft pick in club history.
• Earned consensus first-team All-America honors and was a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award (nation’s best receiver) as a sophomore at the University of Florida.
• Joined the Broncos as an unrestricted free agent on March 1, 2009.
• Selected by Houston in the second round (33rd overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:
Signed by Houston as a draft choice 7/24/02; Signed by Philadelphia as an unrestricted free agent 3/22/06; Waived by Philadelphia 9/2/06; Signed by New England 10/9/06; Signed by Denver as an unrestricted free agent 3/1/09.

Gaffney finished the 2009 season second on the team with 54 receptions and 732 receiving yards while adding two touchdowns... Has played all 16 games and totaled at least 400 receiving yards in seven of his eight NFL seasons with the Broncos (2009), Patriots (2006-08) and Texans (2002-05)... Ranks eighth among league receivers with 22 receptions through Week 4.

2010: Gaffney capped Denver’s last-minute drive with an 8-yard touchdown reception with 0:16 left in the first half in the season opener at Jacksonville (9/12)... Made a key catch in the team's home opener versus Seattle (9/19) on third down to extend Denver's fourth-quarter drive that culminated with WR Demaryius Thomas' 21-yard touchdown reception three plays later... Registered his second-best single-game career output with 12 receptions and 140 receiving yards against Indianapolis (9/26). He totaled 97 receiving yards in the first half, which was the second-highest single-half output for his career, and
turned in his fourth 100-yard regular season game... Set a season-long with a 28-yard reception from QB Kyle Orton in the fourth quarter and drew a pass interference penalty in the end zone that set up Orton's go-ahead touchdown pass to RB Correll Buckhalter with 1:38 remaining in the game at Tennessee (10/3).

2009: Gaffney played all 16 games (7 starts) for the Broncos in his first year with the club, totaling 54 receptions for a career-high 732 receiving yards (13.6 avg.) with two scores... Ranked second on the Broncos in both receptions and receiving yards... Set a Denver record for most receiving yards in a game by a wide receiver (2nd among all players) with 213 yards on 14 catches (T-3rd in team history) in the season finale vs. K.C. (1/3)... His 213 receiving yards against the Chiefs were the most by an AFC player (2nd in NFL) for a game in 2009 while his 14 catches tied for the third-highest game output in the league... Led the NFL in receptions (21) and receiving yards (282) during the final two weeks of the year... Started three of Denver’s first four games... Registered the first multiple-touchdown game of his career in a 7-catch, 69-yard effort at Phi. (12/27).

2008: Gaffney saw time in all 16 games (7 starts) for New England for the second year in a row, totaling 38 receptions for 468 yards (12.3 avg.) with two touchdowns... Ranked fourth on the Patriots in both receptions and receiving yards... Started three of New England’s first four games.

2007: Gaffney started seven of the Patriots’ final eight games and appeared in all 16 contests for the club, totaling 36 receptions for 449 yards (12.5 avg.) with a career-high five touchdowns... Helped New England become the first team in NFL history to go 16-0 en route to advancing to Super Bowl XLII... Saw time in three playoff games (1 start), including Super Bowl XLII vs. NYG (2/3), and had four receptions for 38 yards (9.5 avg.) with one touchdown... Set a career high with 122 receiving yards (17.4 avg.) on seven catches, including a 56-yard score, vs. Pit. (12/9).

2006: Gaffney saw time in 11 games (6 starts) for New England after being signed on Oct. 9 and had 11 receptions for 142 yards (12.9 avg.) with one touchdown... Started all three playoff games, posting a team-high 21 catches for 244 yards (11.6 avg.) with two scores... Became the first player in NFL history to record consecutive playoff games with at least eight catches and 100 receiving yards... Named Peter King’s Sports Illustrated Offensive Player of the Week after catching eight passes for 104 yards (13.0 avg.) vs. NYJ (1/7) in an AFC Wild Card Playoff Game... Tied a career high with 10 receptions for 103 yards (10.3 avg.) with one touchdown at S.D. (1/14) in an AFC Divisional Playoff Game... Spent training camp with Philadelphia but was waived on Sept. 2.

2005: Gaffney played all 16 games (13 starts) for Houston, registering a career-high 55 receptions for 492 yards (8.9 avg.) with two touchdowns... Made at least five catches seven times during the season.

2004: Gaffney appeared in all 16 games (12 starts) for the Texans and had 41 receptions for 632 yards (15.4 avg.) with two touchdowns... Notched his first career 100-yard receiving game with four receptions for 109 yards (27.3 avg.), including a personal-best 69-yard grab, at Chi. (12/19).

2003: Gaffney played all 16 games (11 starts) for Houston, totaling 34 receptions for 402 yards (11.8 avg.) with two touchdowns... Started five of the Texans’ final six games.

2002: Selected by Houston in the second round (33rd overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft, Gaffney started 14-of-16 games played for the club and had 41 receptions for 483 yards (11.8 avg.) with one touchdown... Posted at least one reception in 15-of-16 contests... Hauled in his first career touchdown with a 26-yard grab vs. Buf. (10/13).

COLLEGE:
Gaffney played two seasons at the University of Florida, where he totaled 138 career receptions for 2,375 yards (17.2 avg.) with 27 touchdowns... Received consensus first-team All-America honors and was a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award (nation’s best receiver) as a redshirt sophomore in 2001 after ranking second in the nation in receiving yards per game (108.3 / 67-1,191, 13 TDs)... Set an NCAA Division I-A freshman record for receiving yards (1,184 on 71 receptions) and receiving touchdowns (14) as a redshirt freshman in 2000 while earning consensus National Freshman of the Year accolades and first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors.

PERSONAL:
Gaffney was a two-year starter at Raines County High School in Jacksonville, Fla., where he caught the game-winning touchdown pass in the fourth quarter of the state championship game as a junior... His cousin is Minnesota Vikings cornerback Lito Sheppard, who was teammates with Gaffney on the 1997 state championship team as well as at Florida... Gaffney and his wife, Terin, have a son, Jackson, and a daughter, Teagan... Jabar Gaffney was born on Dec. 1, 1980, in Jacksonville, Fla.


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