Thomas Gafford

Thomas Gafford

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Gafford with the Kansas City Chiefs
No. 45Denver Broncos
Position: Long snapper
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-01-29) January 29, 1983
Place of birth: Houston, Texas
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school: Clear Brook High School, Friendswood (TX)
College: Houston
Undrafted: 2005
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2014
Games played: 100
Games started: 0
Tackles: 4
Player stats at

Thomas Edward Gafford (born January 29, 1983) is an American football long snapper for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Green Bay Packers as a undrafted free agent in 2006. He played college football at Houston.

Gafford has also been a member of the Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs, Chicago Bears, and Oakland Raiders.

Early years

Gafford attended Clear Brook High School and was president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and a letterman in football. As a senior, he was named both Most Valuable Player and Receiver of the Year for the Clear Brook High School football team.

College career

Gafford was a four-year letterman at the University of Houston and played in 47 games for the Cougars football team.

Professional career

Green Bay Packers

Gafford was signed by the Green Bay Packers on February 7, 2006,[1] after going undrafted in the 2005 NFL Draft and unsigned for the entire 2005 season. On August 29, 2006, he was waived by the Packers.

Seattle Seahawks

On January 17, 2007, Gafford was signed by the Seattle Seahawks. He was waived by the Seahawks on June 20, 2007.

Second stint with Packers

Gafford was re-signed by the Packers on March 5, 2008. On August 4, 2008, he was released by the Packers.

Chicago Bears

On August 19, 2008, Gafford was signed by the Chicago Bears. He was waived by the Bears on August 31, 2008.

Kansas City Chiefs

Gafford (#43-far left) on the sidelines

Gafford was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs on October 29, 2008 after long snapper J. P. Darche was placed on injured reserve. He made his professional debut on November 2 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and went on to serve as long snapper during the team's final nine games.

Gafford was waived by the Chiefs on June 19, 2009. The team re-signed him on August 13 after waiving long snapper Tanner Purdum. In 2011, despite being a long snapper, Gafford recorded 3 tackles.

Second stint with Bears

On March 18, 2015, Gafford signed a one-year contract with the Bears.[2] He was released on November 28, 2015.

Oakland Raiders

On December 15, 2015, Gafford was signed after Jon Condo sustained an injury during a win over the Denver Broncos.

Denver Broncos

On November 25, 2016, Gafford was signed by the Broncos.[3]


  1. "Packers sign seven reserve/future free agents". February 7, 2006. Retrieved October 7, 2016.
  2. Mayer, Larry (18 March 2015). "Bears sign long-snapper Gafford". Chicago Bears. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  3. Swanson, Ben (November 25, 2016). "Broncos sign LS Thomas Gafford, waive NT Darius Kilgo".
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