Jermichael Finley

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Jermichael Finley
Jermichael Finley in 2012.jpg
Finley with the Packers in 2012
No. 88
Position: Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1987-03-26) March 26, 1987 (age 32)
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

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 attended the Super Bowl XLV win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, not participating due to injury. He played college football at Texas.

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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
HeightWeight 40-yard dash 10-yd split20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 4 12 in
(1.94 m)
243 lb
(110 kg)
4.82 s1.65 s2.79 s4.38 s7.15 s27.5 in
(0.70 m)
9 ft 9 in
(2.97 m)
20 reps

Green Bay Packers

Jermichael Finley lined up. Jermichael Finley lined up.jpg
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 a franchise record in the Packers' playoff bout with the Arizona Cardinals, catching six passes for 159 yards (broken by Davante Adams in 2019). [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 ICU 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

YearReceiving
GRecYdsTDAvg
200814682112.3
20091355676512.3
2010522301114.3
20111655767813.9
20121661667210.9
2013625300312.0
Total702232,7852012.5

Playoff statistics

YearReceiving
GRecYdsTDAvg
200916159026.5
2011143709.3
2012254509.0
Total415241016.1

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]

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