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Jabar Gaffney

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Date of birth December 1 1980 (1980-12-01) (age 43)
Place of birth San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Current status: Retired
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Position Wide receiver
College Florida
NFL Draft 2002 / Round 2 / Pick: 33 by the Houston Texans
Career highlights
Notable career highlights
  • SEC Champion (2000)
  • First-team All-SEC (2000, 2001)
  • First-team All-American (2000, 2001)
  • Ed Block Courage Award (2005)
Coaching Record / Statistics
Career player statistics (if any)
Receptions     447
Receiving Yards     5,690
Receiving TDs     24
Stats at pro-football-reference.com
Team(s) as a player (if any)
20022005
2006
20062008
20092010
2011
2012
Houston Texans
Philadelphia Eagles
New England Patriots
Denver Broncos
Washington Redskins
Miami Dolphins (2012):
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Team(s) as a coach/administrator (if any)

Derrick Jabar Gaffney (born December 1, 1980) is an American football former wide receiver. He played college football for the University of Florida, and was twice recognized as an All-American. He was drafted by the Houston Texans in the second round of the 2002 NFL Draft, and has also played for the New England Patriots, Denver Broncos, Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins of the NFL.

College career[]

Gaffney accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Steve Spurrier's Florida Gators team in 2000 and 2001.[1] The Gators coaching staff decided to redshirt him as a true freshman in 1999. Gaffney became a prolific pass-catcher as a first-year starter for the Gators in 2000, and made the game-winning touchdown “catch” with fourteen seconds remaining to defeat the Tennessee Volunteers 27–23[2]—a game that ultimately decided the 2000 winner of the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Gaffney amassed 1,184 receiving yards and fourteen touchdown receptions in 2000, and another 1,191 and thirteen touchdowns in 2001.[1]

He was a first-team All-SEC selection in 2000 and 2001; he was a College Football News first-team All-American after his redshirt freshman season in 2000, and was recognized as a unanimous first-team All-American by the Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association, Football Writers Association of America, Sporting News, and Walter Camp Foundation following his 2001 sophomore season.[1][3] In 2001, he was one of the three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award, recognizing the best receiver in college football.[2] He finished his two-season college career with 138 receptions for 2,375 yards and twenty-seven touchdowns, and was chosen by his teammates as the Gators' most valuable player.[1] He remains the only receiver in Gators history with two seasons of 1,000 yards or more.[1]

Professional career[]

Houston Texans[]

Gaffney was selected with the 1st pick in the 2nd round of the 2002 NFL draft by the Houston Texans. His tenure with the team was marred by his often inconsistent play which led to his benching in favor of veteran receivers, in particular Corey Bradford. After his rookie contract was up, the Texans chose not to re-sign him.

Philadelphia Eagles[]

On March 16, 2006, the Eagles signed Gaffney to a one-year contract.[4] He was released before the start of the season.

New England Patriots[]

Gaffney signed a two-year deal with the New England Patriots on October 9, 2006. On March 5, 2008, Gaffney re-signed with the Patriots for one year worth $2 million.

In his first-ever playoff game, on January 7, 2007 against the New York Jets, Gaffney had a caught eight passes for 104 yards, his second 100-yard performance as a receiver (in ten regular season games, Gaffney caught 11 passes for 142 yards and one touchdown.) Gaffney followed that performance a week later against San Diego with another 100-yard game, in which he caught ten passes and scored a touchdown.

Gaffney finished the 2008 season with 44 receptions for 468 yards and two touchdowns.

Denver Broncos[]

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Gaffney during his time with Broncos.

On February 27, 2009, Gaffney signed a four-year, $10 million contract with the Denver Broncos. In the Broncos' week 17 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, Gaffney caught 14 passes for 213 yards as the Broncos played without Brandon Marshall, who was benched for disciplinary reasons by head coach Josh McDaniels. He finished the 2009 season with 54 receptions for 732 yards and two touchdowns, ranking second on the team in receptions and receiving yards. Gaffney put up 875 yards in 2010.

Washington Redskins[]

Gaffney was traded to the Washington Redskins for defensive end Jeremy Jarmon on July 27, 2011.[5] In 2011, he led the team with 68 receptions, 947 yards and 5 touchdowns, all career bests.[6][7]

On April 18, 2012, Gaffney announced that he was told not to attend the team's offseason conditioning program and that the Redskins were attempting to trade him.[8] Head coach Mike Shanahan later stated that Gaffney could still remain on the Redskins, but felt obligated to let him explore other options throughout the league.[9]

Gaffney was released by the Redskins on May 1, 2012.[10]

Return to New England Patriots[]

Gaffney signed a two-year contract to return to the Patriots on May 2, 2012.[11] He was released by the team on August 27.[12]

Miami Dolphins[]

On October 2, 2012, Gaffney was signed by the Miami Dolphins.[13] On November 20, 2012, Gaffney was waived. Days after his release, the NFL announced that Gaffney would be suspended for two games for failing to report an arrest to the league that occurred in Miami in 2010.[14]

NFL career statistics[]

Receiving Stats[15]

Year Team GP Rec Tgt Yds Avg Lng TD FD Fum Lost
2002 HOU 16 41 483 11.8 27 1 27 0 0
2003 HOU 16 34 402 11.8 33 2 21 0 0
2004 HOU 16 41 632 15.4 69 2 34 0 0
2005 HOU 16 55 492 8.9 29 2 31 0 0
2006 NE 11 11 20 142 12.9 33 1 9 0 0
2007 NE 16 36 50 449 12.5 56 5 21 0 0
2008 NE 16 38 65 468 12.3 37 2 26 0 0
2009 DEN 16 54 88 732 13.6 49 2 36 0 0
2010 DEN 16 65 112 875 13.5 50 2 42 1 0
2011 WAS 16 68 115 947 13.9 45 5 50 1 1
2012 MIA 3 4 11 68 17.0 30 0 3 0 0
Career 158 447 461 5,690 12.7 69 24 300 2 1

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 2011 Florida Gators Football Media Guide Archived April 2, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 89, 94, 97, 99, 101–103, 158–159, 181 (2011). Retrieved August 29, 2011.
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  3. 2012 NCAA Football Records Book, Award Winners, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, pp. 11 & 14 (2012). Retrieved September 14, 2012.
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  5. Jones, Mike. "Redskins trade Jeremy Jarmon to Denver for Jabar Gaffney", WashingtonPost.com, July 27, 2011. 
  6. Barry Sviruga, "Jabar Gaffney sets career high in receiving yards," The Washington Post (December 24, 2011). Retrieved May 1, 2012.
  7. Brian Tinsman, "Roster Review: Wide Receivers Archived February 9, 2018, at the Wayback Machine," Redskins.com (February 28, 2012). Retrieved May 1, 2012.
  8. Mike Jones, "WR Jabar Gaffney says Redskins are shopping him," The Washington Post (April 18, 2012). Retrieved May 1, 2012.
  9. Mark Maske, "Mike Shanahan says Jabar Gaffney could remain with Redskins," The Washington Post (April 25, 2012). Retrieved April 29, 2012.
  10. "Redskins cut Jabar Gaffney," ESPN.com (May 1, 2012). Retrieved May 1, 2012.
  11. "Patriots bring back WR Gaffney Archived 2012-05-04 at the Wayback Machine," Pro Football Weekly (May 2, 2012). Retrieved May 2, 2012.
  12. Gregg Rosenthal, "Jabar Gafney, Donte Stallworth cut by Patriots," NFL.com (August 27, 2012). Retrieved August 27, 2012.
  13. 'Dolphins sign Jabar Gaffney," ESPN.com (October 2, 2012). Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  14. Garafolo, Mike. "Ex-Dolphins WR Gaffney suspended for two games", USAToday.com, November 24, 2012. 
  15. Jabar Gaffney Stats. ESPN Internet Ventures.

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