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Bronco Football Alum Greg Jennings Retires from Football

Courtesy: Rob Beuerlein, Associate Director Media Relations
Release: 07/26/2016
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Western Michigan alum and NFL wide receiver Greg Jennings has announced his retirement from football. Jennings played for Western Michigan from 2002-05 and graduated in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in communication.

“Football is over. I'm done," Jennings said in a YouTube video Monday. "No more big hits, no more 'Touchdown, Greg Jennings!' I'm done. I'm excited to be done. The past 20 years of my life has been football, but today that all changes."

During his NFL career, Jennings played for three teams over the span of 10 seasons. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers with the 52nd overall pick in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played for the Packers for seven seasons, racking up 425 catches for 6,537 yards and 53 touchdowns. His 53 touchdowns are the fifth most in Packers’ history. He also led the Packers to their 2010 Super Bowl victory, with 21 catches for 303 yards and two TDs in their playoff run.

Following his time with the Packers, Jennings went on to play with the Minnesota Vikings (2013-14) and the Miami Dolphins (2015). He led the Vikings with 10 touchdown catches in 2014.

Prior to the NFL, Jennings put his name atop numerous Western Michigan receiving record lists. He is the all-time career touchdown reception leader with 39, is second in all-purpose yards with 5,093 and is fourth in career receiving yards with 3,539. He was named an All-American by Sports Illustrated, the Associated Press and in 2005 as a senior after finishing with 98 catches for 1,259 yards and 14 touchdowns. His 98 catches were most in the country that season.

He earned the Western Michigan Bill Brown Most Outstanding Player Award in 2004 and 2005 and was named the MAC Offensive Player of the Year in 2005 along with the Vern Smith Award, given to the MAC’s Most Valuable Player. Overall he was a three-time All-MAC selection including twice as a First-Team member in 2004 and 2005.

Before coming to Western Michigan, Jennings went to high school and graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School after growing up in the Kalamazoo area. To this day Greg and his wife Nicole regularly give back to the Kalamazoo community through the Greg Jennings Foundation.