Greg Jennings

Greg Jennings

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Jennings with the Packers in 2011
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Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-09-21) September 21, 1983
Place of birth: Kalamazoo, Michigan
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 197 lb (89 kg)
Career information
High school: Kalamazoo (MI) Central
College: Western Michigan
NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 2 / Pick: 52
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 571
Receiving yards: 8,291
Receiving touchdowns: 64
Player stats at

Gregory Jennings Jr. (born September 21, 1983) is a former American football wide receiver who played ten seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers out of Western Michigan University in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft and won Super Bowl XLV with the team. Jennings also played for the Minnesota Vikings and Miami Dolphins.

Early years

Jennings was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He attended Kalamazoo Central High School where he was all conference in three sports—football, basketball and track. Jennings played wide receiver, running back, outside linebacker and defensive back as a four-time letterman for the football team. He was listed 11th on the "Fab 50" rankings of the Detroit Free Press as a senior.[1] Jennings finished seventh in voting for Mr. Basketball of Michigan in 2000–01[2] and scored a school record 50 points in a losing effort against Benton Harbor as a senior.[1]

In track & field, Jennings was one of the state's top performers in the long jump event. He captured the state title in the long jump at the 2001 MHSAA State LP-1 Championships, with a leap of 6.67 meters.[3] He got a PR of 6.92 meters in the long jump. He was also a member of the 4 × 100m (42.20) and 4 × 200m (1:28.50) relay squads.[4]

College career

Greg Jennings attended Western Michigan University. He finished his career there with 238 receptions for 3,539 yards and 39 touchdowns. When Jennings was a redshirt freshman, he missed 8 games due to a broken ankle bone. In the 8 games he did play, he caught 10 passes for 138 yards. In 2003, he was second on the Broncos with 56 catches for 1,050 yards and 14 touchdowns. He finished the 2003 season with 1,734 all-purpose yards. He was named to the second team All-Mid American team. In 2004, he led the Broncos with 74 catches for 1,092 yards and 11 touchdowns. He tallied 1,415 all-purpose yards. He was named to the All-MAC team. In 2005, he had 98 catches, and led the nation in catches per game, with 8.91. He had 1,259 yards with 14 touchdowns, and earned the 2005 MAC Offensive Player of the Year Award. His 5,093 all-purpose yards is a WMU record, and ranks 8th in MAC history. Jennings became only the 11th player to gain over 1,000 yards in at least three seasons of a college career. He also competed on their debate team, becoming President of the American Parliamentary Debate Association his junior year.[5] Jennings graduated from WMU in 2010 after completing the 16 credits he needed through self-instructional classes.[6]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 11 in 197 lb 4.42 s 1.57 s 2.60 s 4.18 s 6.69 s 36.5 in 9 ft 9 in
All values from NFL Combine[7]

Green Bay Packers

The Green Bay Packers drafted Jennings in the second round (52nd pick overall) of the 2006 NFL draft. On July 24, 2006, he signed a contract with the Packers.[8]

Jennings was named the starting wide receiver, along with Donald Driver, which put Robert Ferguson in the slot, for his first professional regular-season game Green Bay Packers by head coach Mike McCarthy on September 2, 2006. Jennings led the NFL in receiving yardage during the 2006 preseason. He had 1 catch for 5 yards in his first game.

On September 24, 2006, he caught a 75-yard TD pass from Brett Favre against the Detroit Lions. It was Favre's 400th TD pass for his career, a milestone reached only by Favre, Dan Marino, and Peyton Manning. This was also Jennings' first 100-plus-yard game, as he finished with 3 catches, 101 yards and 1 touchdown. Jennings was voted NFL Rookie of the Week for games played September 24–25, 2006, the only time he received this honor. Jennings was also named to the NFL All Rookie team at the end of the season.

Jennings in 2010

On September 23, 2007, Jennings caught a game-winning 57-yard TD pass from Favre with less than two minutes to play to help beat the San Diego Chargers 31–24 at Lambeau Field and improve the team's record to 3–0 in 2007. This was Jennings' first touchdown catch in 2007, as well as Favre's 420th career touchdown pass, tying him with Marino for the most TD passes in NFL history.

A week later on September 30, 2007, during a 23–16 victory over the Minnesota Vikings, Jennings caught a 16-yard pass from Favre that opened the scoring ten minutes into the first quarter, and broke the all-time touchdown pass record Favre had shared with Dan Marino.[9] On October 29, 2007, Jennings caught an 82-yard touchdown pass from Favre to defeat the Denver Broncos 19–13 in overtime, tying him for the second-longest overtime touchdown in NFL history. Then the following week, he caught the game-winning touchdown pass that went for 60 yards to beat the Chiefs in Kansas City. Against the Cowboys on November 29, 2007, in a game broadcast on the NFL Network, Jennings hauled in the first ever touchdown pass by quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Jennings and running back Ryan Grant each had a touchdown during a 33–14 victory over the St. Louis Rams on December 16, 2007, making it the first time two Packers players have each scored a touchdown in the same four consecutive games.[10] Jennings collected 80 receptions for 1292 yards and 9 touchdowns in the 2008 season.

On June 23, 2009, Jennings received a new three-year extension which paid him $26.35 million and included $16 million guaranteed. It also included a $11.25 million signing bonus.[11] Jennings caught a game-winning pass on September 13, 2009, on a 3rd and two play, where the Packers ran a play action fake and rolled Aaron Rodgers out to the left, who then threw a 50-yard pass to Jennings to defeat the Chicago Bears in the season opener.[12] In the Packers 2009 Wild Card game against the Arizona Cardinals, Jennings had 8 receptions for 130 yards, scoring 1 touchdown. In the 2010–2011 season, Jennings helped the Packers go 10–6 in the regular season. In Super Bowl XLV, on February 6, 2011, Jennings caught four passes for 64 yards and scored two touchdowns in the Packers' 31–25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.[13][14][15]

Jennings played the first 13 games of the 2011 season before going down with a sprained MCL in week 13 against the Oakland Raiders during the season he collected 69 receptions for 949 yards, including a season-high 149 yards on 7 receptions, and a TD in a week 7 game at the Minnesota Vikings. He returned for the Packers' divisional round playoff game against the New York Giants and recorded 4 receptions for 40 yards in a Packers' loss.

In 2012, Jennings sat out most of the early season due to a groin injury, and was scheduled to have surgery in Philadelphia, but it was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy.[16]

Minnesota Vikings

Jennings in 2013

On March 15, 2013, Jennings signed a 5-year, $47.5 million ($18 million guaranteed) contract with the Minnesota Vikings. Jennings got his first two touchdowns as a member of the Vikings against the Pittsburgh Steelers in a 34-27 win.[17] Jennings made his first return to Lambeau Field on November 24, 2013 in a 26-26 tie between the Packers and Vikings.[18]

He was released by the Vikings on March 14, 2015.[19]

Miami Dolphins

On April 22, 2015, Jennings signed a two-year, $8 million contract with the Miami Dolphins.[20][21]

On March 5, 2016, the Dolphins released Jennings to free up cap space.[22]


On July 25, 2016, Jennings retired after 10 seasons at the age of 32.[23][24]

Career statistics

Regular season
Season Team G GS Rec Yds Avg Long TDs
2006 Green Bay Packers 14 11 45 632 14.0 75 3
2007 Green Bay Packers 13 13 53 920 17.4 82 12
2008 Green Bay Packers 16 15 80 1,292 16.2 63 9
2009 Green Bay Packers 16 13 68 1,113 16.4 83 4
2010 Green Bay Packers 16 16 76 1,265 16.6 86 12
2011 Green Bay Packers 13 13 67 949 14.2 79 9
2012 Green Bay Packers 8 5 36 366 10.2 45 4
2013 Minnesota Vikings 15 15 68 804 11.8 70 4
2014 Minnesota Vikings 16 13 59 742 12.6 38 6
2015 Miami Dolphins 16 5 19 208 10.9 31 1
Total 143 119 571 8,291 14.5 86 64
Year Date Team Opp. Result Receiving Scoring
Rec Yds Avg TD TD Point
2007 2008-01-12 GB SEA W 42–20 6 71 11.83 2 2 12
2007 2008-01-20 GB NYG L 20–23 1 14 14.0 0 0 0
2009 2010-01-10 GB ARI L 45–51 8 130 16.25 1 1 6
2010 2011-01-09 GB PHI W 21–16 1 8 8.0 0 0 0
2010 2011-01-15 GB ATL W 48–21 8 101 12.63 0 0 0
2010 2011-01-23 GB CHI W 21–14 8 130 16.25 0 0 0
2010 2011-02-06 GB PIT W 31–25 4 64 16.0 2 2 12
2011 2012-01-15 GB NYG L 20–37 4 40 10.0 0 0 0
2012 2013-01-05 GB MIN W 24–10 4 61 15.25 0 0 0
2012 2013-01-12 GB SF L 31–45 6 54 9.0 1 1 6
Total 10 Games 50 673 13.46 6 6 36


Jennings is married to Nicole Jennings, also of Kalamazoo, and they have three daughters named Amya, Alea and Ayva. On October 5, 2012, they welcomed their son Aice Gregory.[25] Jennings is a Christian.[26]

On May 5, 2010, Jennings made an appearance on the CBS prime time hit show Criminal Minds. He portrayed a lab technician working at a crime scene.[27] Jennings is also in discussions to appear on BET's The Game.[28] He appeared as himself on the July 6, 2011, episode of Royal Pains and the 2013 The League episode, "The Near Death Flex-perience". He is also the main actor and star of Old Spice 'Smelf' ad campaign.

The Greg Jennings Foundation was started by Jennings to attempt to benefit underprivileged children and youth organizations. The entire charity organization raises money through organizational events, donations, and fund raisers. The organization allows people, groups, and organizations from either Michigan or Wisconsin to apply for grant money. The headquarters of the foundation are in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

See also


  1. 1 2 Greg Jennings Profile at Greg Jennings official website (retrieved December 7, 2010).
  2. Hal Schram Mr. Basketball at Michigan High School Basketball Record Book (accessed December 7, 2010).
  5. Green Bay Packers bio for Greg Jennings (accessed December 7, 2010).
  6. Golston, Hilary. "Packers WR Jennings graduates, set to make TV debut on CBS show". WFRV-TV. Retrieved January 6, 2011.
  7. "Greg Jennings, DS #5 WR, Western Michigan". Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  8. "Green Bay inks Jennings, releases Cross". July 24, 2006. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  9. Pasquarelli, Len. "Favre audibles to a record-setting performance". Retrieved October 1, 2007.
  10. Goska, Eric. "Eric Goska column: Grant-Jennings scoring streak sets team record". Retrieved December 17, 2007.
  11. Sources: Jennings close to extension ESPN, June 23, 2009
  12. Game Review: Clutch In Crunch Time To Beat Bears, September 14, 2009
  13. ESPN Super Bowl Box Score
  14. Layden, Tim (February 14, 2011). "Green And Golden: Behind quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the contributions of a host of role players, the Packers had a 31–25 victory over Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLV". Sports Illustrated. Time Inc. Retrieved February 11, 2011.
  15. "Greg Jennings sells T-shirts to raise money for his foundation". Fox 11 online. Retrieved October 14, 2011.
  16. "Greg Jennings' hernia surgery postponed by Sandy". National Football League. Retrieved October 30, 2012.
  17. "Source: Greg Jennings, Vikings agree". March 15, 2013. Retrieved March 15, 2013.
  18. "Green Bay Packers Rule Out Sam Shields; Minnesota Vikings Activate Greg Jennings".
  20. Perkins, Chris (April 22, 2015). "Dolphins get their man, sign veteran WR Greg Jennings". The Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved April 22, 2015.
  21. Sessler, Marc (April 22, 2015). "Miami Dolphins to sign wideout Greg Jennings". Retrieved April 22, 2015.
  22. "Dolphins cut Greg Jennings, restructure Suh, Misi deals". March 5, 2016. Retrieved March 5, 2016.
  23. "GREG JENNINGS RETIRES FROM FOOTBALL! | Jennings Journey". Youtube. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  24. Rosenthal, Gregg (July 25, 2016). "Greg Jennings announces his NFL retirement". Retrieved July 25, 2016.
  25. Nicole Jennings Endowment Benefits Nursing Students WMU Foundation (retrieved February 7, 2011)
  26. ""I had to remove myself from that situation" – Greg Jennings explains why it was time to leave Green Bay".
  27. Packers Greg Jennings on Criminal Minds TerezOwens, May 11, 2010
  28. Greg Jennings in prime time Wednesday ESPN, May 5, 2010
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