His flair for the dramatic has been remarkable since his arrival in Green Bay, but Greg Jennings is more than just a big-play specialist who brings the end zone into play from any spot on the field. Jennings is also consistently productive, moving the chains with the tough grabs in traffic and a willing blocker.
Since 2007, the sixth-year veteran has 30 receptions of over 40 yards, the NFL’s highest total by a comfortable margin. Jennings has 46 career touchdowns, and they have averaged nearly 32 yards each. While he’s not a traditional possession receiver, Jennings is also QB Aaron Rodgers’ favorite target, and 32 of his 48 catches in ’11 have gone for a first down.
Jennings grew up in Kalamazoo, Mich., in a strict religious family, with his father a pastor and his mother a church missionary. He was highly-recruited out of Kalamazoo Central High School, but ultimately attended Western Michigan in his hometown, where he finished as the school’s all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards.
Drafted by the Packers in the second round, Jennings was elected to the Pro Bowl for the first time in ’10 and went on a torrid stretch over the last 11 games, catching 62 passes for 1,082 yards and nine TDs over the timeframe. Jennings capped a memorable year by adding a pair of touchdown receptions in the Super Bowl.
In this installment of Inside Slant, Jennings discusses playing at Western Michigan rather than at a traditional power, the constant battles with NFL cornerbacks during games and how he’s striving for his career to be remembered by Packers fans.
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