Jermichael Finley

Jermichael Decorean Finley (born March 26, 1987) is a former American football tight end. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft. With the Packers, he won Super Bowl XLV over the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played college football at Texas.

Jermichael Finley
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Finley with the Packers in 2012
No. 88
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born:March 26, 1987 (age 31)
Lufkin, Texas
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:247 lb (112 kg)
Career information
High school:Diboll (TX)
College:Texas
NFL Draft:2008 / Round: 3 / Pick: 91
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions:223
Receiving yards:2,785
Receiving touchdowns:20
Player stats at NFL.com

High school

Finley attended Diboll High School in Diboll, Texas where he not only started at Tight End, but also played defensive end, wide receiver, safety, punter and kicker.[1] As a high school senior he was named first team 3A all-state by the Texas Sports Writer Association and second team by the Associated Press.[1] He was also named first-team all-district as a junior. Finley also holds a number of records at Diboll including 36 receptions for 878 yards.[1] He also holds the record for receiving touchdowns with 13.[1] In addition to football, he also played on the basketball team, where he was a district most valuable player,[1] and ran track, where he was a member of the Diboll 4 × 200 metres relay (1:34.59), and a triple jumper (39 ft 10 in).[2]

Coming out of high school, Finley was ranked as a four star prospect by Rivals.com.[3] He stood at six feet four inches tall and weighed 210 pounds. He ran a forty-yard dash in 4.6 seconds.[3]

Finley received scholarships from Texas, Arizona, Houston, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech.[3]

College career

Finley chose to play at Texas and received a redshirt during his freshman year in 2005.[4]

As a redshirt freshman, he played in all 13 games and started four of them when the Longhorns came out in two tight-end sets.[4] He caught passes in 10 games and broke the school freshman tight end record for receptions at 31 and had 371 yards and three touchdowns.[4] At the end of the year, Finley was named an honorable mention Freshman All-American team.[4]

Continuing on into his sophomore season, Finley started all 13 games at tight end. On October 6, 2007, Finley broke the school record for receiving yards by a tight end in a 28-21 loss against Oklahoma when he caught four passes for a career-high 149 yards.[4] He finished the season with 45 receptions for 575 yards and two touchdowns. His performance earned honorable mention All-Big 12 Conference honors from the league's coaches and media.[5]

On January 8, 2008, Finley announced he would forgo his junior and senior seasons of eligibility to enter the NFL by declaring himself eligible for the 2008 NFL Draft. Longhorn head coach Mack Brown said "Finley finished his career ranked among the most productive receiving tight ends in school history and handled himself well both on and off the field during his time at Texas."[6]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 4 12 in
(1.94 m)
243 lb
(110 kg)
4.82 s 1.65 s 2.79 s 4.38 s 7.15 s 27.5 in
(0.70 m)
9 ft 9 in
(2.97 m)
20 reps

Green Bay Packers

Jermichael Finley lined up
Jermichael Finley lined up.

Finley was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft.[7] He battled Tory Humphrey in training camp to be the Packers' No. 2 tight end.[8][9] Finley eventually won the battle with incumbent veteran, Donald Lee for the starting Tight End position.

Finley had a breakout season in 2009, totaling his first 100-yard game in an October 5 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings while finishing the latter half of the season leading the team in targets. On January 10, 2010, Finley posted an historic performance in the Packers playoff bout with the Arizona Cardinals, catching six passes for 159 yards[10]

After posting two 100-yard games in the first three games of 2010, Finley suffered a season-ending knee injury against the Washington Redskins. He was placed on injured reserve by the Packers on October 18.[11]

Finley started the 2011 season off strong, catching three touchdowns in a Week 3 divisional match up against the Chicago Bears. Despite key drops late in the season, Finley still finished 3rd amongst tight ends in receiving touchdowns and 12th in terms of yards. After the 2011 season, Finley became a free agent. On February 22, 2012, the Green Bay Packers re-signed Finley to a 2-year $14 million contract. Finley was set to make a little over $5 million in 2012, and around $8 million in 2013. In week 7 of the 2013 season against the Browns, Finley suffered a bruised spinal cord after making a reception and colliding helmet to helmet with Cleveland Browns' safety Tashaun Gipson. He was immediately paralyzed and had minimal feeling in his legs and was taken to the IC Unit of Green Bay Hospital. Finley began regaining the ability to move his extremities the following day and was later diagnosed with a spinal cord contusion after the Green Bay Packers had examinations from specialists.[12]

After his spinal cord injury sustained in 2013, Finley became a free agent.

Free agency

Finley initially received interest from the Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers, but no contract resulted.[13] In October 2014, Finley filed a claim on his $10 million insurance policy. Despite working out five hours a day in Minneapolis and Wisconsin in hopes of an NFL comeback, Finley conceded that offers from the Steelers were not enough. "Pittsburgh have showed me a couple deals, but we all know the money ain't what it's supposed to be", Finley said in July 2014. "If I quit the game right now, I can take tax-free money, and that's a difficult thing that I'm going through with myself..."[14]

On October 19, 2015, Finley announced his retirement from playing football, thanking the Packers' organization.[15]

Regular season statistics

Year Receiving
G Rec Yds TD Avg
2008 14 6 82 1 12.3
2009 13 55 676 5 12.3
2010 5 22 301 1 14.3
2011 16 55 767 8 13.9
2012 16 61 667 2 10.9
2013 6 25 300 3 12.0
Total 70 223 2,785 20 12.5

Playoff statistics

Year Receiving
G Rec Yds TD Avg
2009 1 6 159 0 26.5
2011 1 4 37 0 9.3
2012 2 5 45 0 9.0
Total 4 15 241 0 16.1

Personal

He has three sons and a daughter who all live in Texas.[16] He is raising his sons, Kaydon and London, with his wife Courtney.[17]

He is also the half brother of former Texas A&M running back Jorvorskie Lane. According to a November 2007 report, the two still continue to have a relationship with their father. They also played with each other growing up, and also were on the same AAU basketball team during their teen years.[18]

He is also cousins with Rex Hadnot, a former Houston guard and sixth-round draft pick of the Miami Dolphins in 2004.[19]

He lives in Aledo, Texas.[20]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "Meet Texas' signing class of 2005". February 2, 2005. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 9, 2014. Retrieved November 9, 2014.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ a b c "Jermichael Finley". Scouts.com. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Green Bay Packers:Jermichael Finley". Green Bay Packers. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
  5. ^ "2007 All-Big 12 Football Awards Announced". Big 12 Conference. November 27, 2007. Retrieved May 23, 2012.
  6. ^ Halliburton, Suzanne (January 8, 2008). "Finley bolts Horns for shot at NFL – TE is second high-profile offensive star to leave team in as many weeks". Retrieved January 8, 2008.
  7. ^ "Packers see potential in young TE Finley".
  8. ^ Finley to battle Humphrey for job
  9. ^ "Taking a moment to adjust".
  10. ^ Seinfert, Kevin (January 11, 2012). "More milestones from Packers-Cardinals". ESPN. Retrieved November 8, 2010.
  11. ^ Seinfort, Kevin (October 19, 2010). "Jermichael Finley goes on IR". ESPN. Retrieved November 8, 2010.
  12. ^ "Green Bay Packers' Jermichael Finley recounts spinal cord injury". NFL.com. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  13. ^ https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/packers/2014/10/10/jermichael-finley-to-file-claim-on-insurance-policy/17046723/
  14. ^ "Pittsburgh have showed me a couple deals, but we all know the money ain't what it's supposed to be", Finley said in July. "If I quit the game right now, I can take tax-free money, and that's a difficult thing that I'm going through with myself …"
  15. ^ "Jermichael Finley retires from NFL; hadn't played since 2013 injury". ESPN. October 19, 2015. Retrieved October 19, 2015.
  16. ^ http://wcca.wicourts.gov/caseDetails.do;jsessionid=B84D2A8AD7C42551AFA909C152B0A46D.render6?caseNo=2011PA000351PJ&countyNo=5&cacheId=984EBE383530E0DB7ED2DCDC064897A1&recordCount=5&offset=1
  17. ^ "TE JERMICHAEL FINLEY #88". Archived from the original on April 30, 2008.
  18. ^ "Texas A&M-Texas a sibling rivalry for Lane, Finley". Archived from the original on August 10, 2007.
  19. ^ "Blue Ribbon Preview: Houston". ESPN. Retrieved July 7, 2012.
  20. ^ "They Basically Reset My Brain" | by Jermichael Finley Retrieved April 15, 2018.

External links

2007 Texas Longhorns football team

The 2007 Texas Longhorns football team (variously "Texas" or "UT" or the "Horns") represented the University of Texas at Austin in the 2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was coached by Mack Brown. The Longhorns played their home games in Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium (DKR).

The Longhorns entered the 2007 season ranked third on all-time college football lists in both total wins and winning percentage. A pre-season ranking by ESPN writer Mark Schlabach had the Longhorns ranked eighth, while College Football News ranked Texas third. The Longhorns came into the season ranked fourth in both the Coaches Poll and AP Poll. During the preceding summer five players had been disciplined for legal infractions, another suspended for NCAA rule violations, and a coach had undergone surgery for cancer. Additional players were suspended during the season.The Longhorns played games against two opponents they had never faced previously: Arkansas State University and the University of Central Florida (UCF). The Longhorns narrowly achieved a victory in their home opener with Arkansas State, and in their first road game of the season, Texas was the inaugural opponent for the UCF Knights in their new stadium. In preseason speculation, games against Texas Christian University (TCU) and Oklahoma (OU) were considered among the top 20 games to watch during the 2007 college football season.

The Longhorns lost conference games to the Kansas State Wildcats, the Oklahoma Sooners, and the Texas A&M Aggies. In two close games, they avoided upset attempts by lower-ranked Nebraska and Oklahoma State, the latter game involving a 21-point fourth quarter comeback by the Horns. Texas concluded its season by winning the 2007 Holiday Bowl against the Arizona State Sun Devils—another first-time opponent for Texas—bringing their season record to 10–3.The Horns finished the season ranked tenth in the AP poll and in the USA Today coaches poll. After the season, five UT players entered professional football through the 2008 NFL Draft and four others agreed to sign free-agent contracts with NFL teams.

2008 Green Bay Packers season

The 2008 Green Bay Packers season was the 90th season overall and 88th in the National Football League. They looked to continue success after posting a 13–3 record in 2007, but they failed to do so and finished the season with a losing 6–10 record. Until the 2017 season, this was the last season in which the Packers did not qualify for the playoffs.

2009 Green Bay Packers season

The 2009 Green Bay Packers season was the 91st season over all and their 89th in the National Football League. The Packers finished with an 11–5 record but lost in the wild card round of the playoffs to the Arizona Cardinals. They scored a franchise record 461 points (currently the third best behind the 2011 and 2014 teams) besting the 1996 Super Bowl team's 456. Charles Woodson was named Defensive Player of the Year for the season, leading the league with 9 interceptions. The defense ranked 2nd overall in the league (1st against the run; 2nd against the pass).

2010 Green Bay Packers season

The 2010 Green Bay Packers season was the 92nd season overall and their 90th season in the National Football League. Although they finished with only a respectable 10–6 record, good for a second-place finish in the NFC North, the Packers never lost a game by more than four points, and never trailed by more than seven the entire season, becoming the only team since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 to accomplish this. All six of their regular season losses were by a combined 20 points. They entered the playoffs as the NFC's sixth seed. After defeating the Philadelphia Eagles 21–16 in the Wild Card round, the Atlanta Falcons 48–21 in the Divisional round and long time rivals, Chicago Bears 21–14 in the NFC Championship, the team advanced to Super Bowl XLV in which they faced the AFC's 2nd seed Pittsburgh Steelers. The Packers defeated the Steelers 31–25 to win their fourth Super Bowl and 13th NFL championship. The Packers became the second overall team after the 2005 Pittsburgh Steelers, and the first NFC team, to win the Super Bowl as a sixth seed, as well as becoming the second NFC team to win three straight road playoff games (the 2007 New York Giants won three straight road games as a five seed).

The Packers offense ranked ninth in yards per game, tenth in total points, & fifth in passing yards. The defense ranked fifth in yards allowed and finished second in fewest points allowed (240, second best in team history), sacks (47), and interceptions (24), while also limiting quarterbacks to a 67.2 passer rating, first in the league.

2011 Green Bay Packers season

The 2011 Green Bay Packers season was the franchise's 93rd season overall and their 91st in the National Football League, and the sixth under head coach Mike McCarthy. The team not only improved on their 10–6 record from a season earlier, they became just the sixth team in NFL history to win 15 games during the regular season. As of 2017, the 15–1 record stands as the best in team history. The Packers won their first 13 games of the season to extend their winning streak from the previous season to 19, the second-longest in NFL history behind the 21-game winning streak of the New England Patriots in 2003 and 2004, and also tied the record for the best start to a season in NFC history that the New Orleans Saints had set in 2009. The only loss for the Packers during the regular season was a Week 15 defeat in Arrowhead Stadium against the Kansas City Chiefs. They also became the first NFC North team to go undefeated in the division since the 1987 Chicago Bears.

Statistics site Football Outsiders calculated that the Packers were, play for play, the best team in the NFL in 2011 (though they received the second-lowest rating for a number-1 team since the 1993 San Francisco 49ers). According to the site, the Packers' offense was historically prolific, ranking as the second-best pass offense and third-best total offense since they began calculating. Furthermore, quarterback Aaron Rodgers had the fourth-most-prolific season, play by play, since calculations began and some have called it one of the most efficient seasons ever by a quarterback by setting the NFL record for highest passer rating in a season (122.5). The 2011 Packers are one of only five teams in NFL history to score 35 points or more nine times in a single season and one of only two teams to score 42 points or more in at least six games, the other being the 2013 Broncos. The Packers' 70 total touchdowns are tied with the 1984 Dolphins for the third-most touchdowns scored in a season, and their 51 total touchdown passes are tied with the 2004 Colts for second-most touchdown passes in a season. The defense was ranked last, 32nd, in the league in yards allowed and surrendered an NFL record 4,796 passing yards despite leading the league in interceptions, with 31.

With their record-setting offense, their 15–1 record, and their having home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs, the Packers were aiming to repeat as Super Bowl champions, and become the first team to win back-to-back titles since the Patriots in 2003 and 2004. However, the Packers instead became the first team to finish with at least 15 victories and not win a playoff game, as they were beaten in a shocking upset by the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants 37–20 at Lambeau Field. The Packers became just the sixth team to win 15 games in the regular season, joining the 1984 49ers, 1985 Bears, 1998 Vikings, 2004 Steelers and the 2007 Patriots, who finished the regular season undefeated at 16–0. The Packers became the fourth consecutive team with at least fifteen victories to fail to win the Super Bowl.

2012 Green Bay Packers season

The 2012 Green Bay Packers season was the franchise's 94th season overall and their 92nd in the National Football League, and the seventh under head coach Mike McCarthy. The Packers won the NFC North division title for the second year in a row with an 11–5 record. The Packers lost in the divisional round of the playoffs to the eventual NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers by the score of 45-31, finishing with a postseason record of 1-1.

The Packers offense finished the season fifth in points and eleventh in yards per game. The defense finished eleventh in points allowed and twenty-second in yards allowed per game.

2013 Green Bay Packers season

The 2013 Green Bay Packers season was the franchise's 95th season overall, the 93rd in the National Football League, and the eighth under head coach Mike McCarthy. The Packers came into the 2013 season looking to win the NFC North for the 3rd year in a row. They came off a 45-31 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Divisional Playoffs the previous season. The Packers started the 2013 season in a rematch with the 49ers, to whom they lost 34-28. After winning their home opener against the Redskins, Green Bay lost 34-30 in Cincinnati to the Bengals after holding a 30-14 lead in the 3rd quarter. Following the loss in Cincinnati, the Packers won 4 games in a row to sit at 5-2 before losing a Monday Night game at home to the Bears, 27-20. In that game, the Packers lost star quarterback Aaron Rodgers to a broken collarbone in the 1st quarter. He would be replaced by backups Scott Tolzien and Matt Flynn during recovery. In week 12, the Packers tied the Vikings 26-26; it was Green Bay's first tie since 1987.

The Packers would lose the next game 40-10 to the Lions on Thanksgiving to sit at 5-6-1, threatening to miss the postseason for the first time since 2008. The Packers then rallied to beat the Falcons 22-21 to even their record at 6-6-1. The following week, the Packers defeated the Dallas Cowboys 37-36 in Dallas after they had trailed 26-3 at halftime. The comeback was the largest in franchise history. The Packers would then lose a shootout with the Pittsburgh Steelers 38-31 at home to sit at 7-7-1, the first meeting between the teams since Super Bowl XLV. The following week, the Packers defeated the Chicago Bears 33-28 at Soldier Field to clinch the NFC North in a game in which the winner would've clinched the division. The game is well-known for a touchdown catch made by Randall Cobb from Aaron Rodgers with less than a minute remaining to seal the win. The play came on a 4th and 8 situation in which Cobb was wide open near the endzone. The Packers entered the playoffs as the 4 seed in the NFC. In the wild card game, they lost 23–20 in a rematch with the 49ers on a Phil Dawson field goal as time expired. The game was one of the coldest in NFL playoff history, with a final temperature of 5 °F (-15 °C)

The Packers would again lose Aaron Rodgers to a collarbone injury almost four years later in 2017. However, the team’s fortunes without Rodgers were much poorer the second time; the team would fail to win the division that year, finishing in third behind a more competent Detroit Lions team and surrendering the division title to arguably one of the most talented Minnesota Vikings teams in years. As a result, the Packers did not qualify for the postseason that year.

Aledo, Texas

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The city is served by the Aledo Independent School District.

Andrew Quarless

Andrew Christopher Quarless (born October 6, 1988) is an American football tight end who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Penn State. Quarless was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft and later won Super Bowl XLV with them over the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has also been a member of the Detroit Lions.

Bruce Chambers (American football)

Bruce Chambers is an assistant athletic director at Arlington ISD and an American football coach. He most recently served as an assistant to Charlie Strong at the University of Texas at Austin, and was the only member of the coaching staff retained from Mack Brown's staff. Previously he served as coach at David W. Carter High School in Dallas, Texas. After being dismissed from the staff on December 31, 2014, Chambers was hired by Arlington ISD as assistant athletic director. Chambers played wide receiver at the University of North Texas under Jerry Moore, Bob Tyler and Corky Nelson. He then became coach at Dallas Carter High School, coaching the freshmen and junior varsity before becoming varsity assistant to Freddie James in 1989. In 1996 Chambers succeeded James as head coach, but chose to leave the school after two seasons for an assistant job at Texas.

In his first five seasons at Texas, Chambers coached three of the nine 1,000-yard rushers (Ricky Williams, 1998 / Hodges Mitchell, 1999–2000 / Cedric Benson, 2001–02) in school history and became the first position coach since Fred Akers (with Roosevelt Leaks and Earl Campbell in '73 and '74-75, respectively) to have two different backs earn first-team all-conference honors in three consecutive seasons (Williams, 1998 / Mitchell, 1999–2000).

After Chambers transitioned to tight ends coach, he worked with many players who would end up in the NFL from 2003-2014 including: David Thomas, Bo Scaife, Jermichael Finley, and Geoff Swaim.

Diboll, Texas

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Diboll High School

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Johnny Jolly

Johnny Ray Jolly Jr. (born February 21, 1983) is a former American football defensive Tackle who played for the Green Bay Packers. He was drafted in the sixth round (183rd overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft out of Texas A&M University.

Lufkin, Texas

Lufkin is a city in and the county seat of Angelina County in eastern Texas, United States. This city is 120 miles (190 km) northeast of Houston. Founded in 1882, the population was 35,837 at the 2017 census.Lufkin is situated in Deep East Texas.

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Rex Hadnot

Jonathan Rex Hadnot, Jr. (born January 28, 1982) is a former American football guard. He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the sixth round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at Houston.

Hadnot also played for the Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals, and San Diego Chargers.

Ted Thompson

Ted Thompson (born January 17, 1953) is an American football executive for the Green Bay Packers and former player. He was the general manager of the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL) from 2005 to 2017. He was named to the post on January 14, 2005, by former Packers president and CEO Bob Harlan. Thompson took over the general manager duties from Mike Sherman, who had been serving as both head coach and general manager. Prior to becoming the Packers' general manager, Thompson served with the Seattle Seahawks as their vice president of operations from 2000 to 2004. Thompson had previously worked for the Packers organization from 1992 to 1999, serving as their assistant director of pro personnel in 1992, their director of pro personnel from 1993 to 1997, and their director of player personnel from 1997 to 1999. Thompson also had a 10-year playing career in the NFL as a linebacker and special teams player with the Houston Oilers from 1975 to 1984.

Tom Crabtree

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