We Got Greg! Vikings Sign WR Greg Jennings

Posted Mar 15, 2013

The Vikings were this close to reaching division supremacy in 2012, and in the early parts of 2013 the front office is maneuvering swiftly and wisely to eliminate that margin.

To make their latest move in that effort, the Vikings didn’t have to look very far.

On Friday the Vikings signed one of the NFC North’s premier playmakers over the past 7 seasons to give their passing game a boost. Greg Jennings, a productive pass-catcher for potent offenses in Green Bay, has decided to trade his green and gold for purple and gold. The move was one met with excitement by a Vikings fan base that is eager for the team to continue improving its passing game and tired of seeing Jennings score against them.

Since he was selected in the 2nd round by the Green Bay Packers in 2006, Jennings has been a thorn in the Vikings side. In 15 games against the Purple, Jennings has hauled in 68 receptions for 1,018 yards and 10 TDs. During Jennings’ tenure in Green Bay, the Packers have an 11-4 record against the Vikings. But now Jennings will go from a thorn in the Vikings side to an ace in their deck. His combination of experience and production will go a long way in a collection of pass catchers that features young up-and-comers such as TE Kyle Rudolph and WR Jarius Wright, among others.

Bio Blast
5-11, 198
8-yearr veteran
2nd-round pick of Green Bay in 2006
Named to All-Rookie Team in 2006
Born in Kalamazoo , MI and attended same high school as NY Yankees legend Derek Jeter
Career Stats
425 receptions
6,537 yards (15.4 yards per catch)
53 touchdowns

Receiving History
-- Caught Brett Favre’s 400th career TD pass.
-- Also caught Brett Favre’s 420th and 421st TD passes as the future Hall of Fame QB chased, matched and surpassed Dan Marino’s career record for TD passes.
-- Caught Aaron Rodgers’ first career TD pass.
-- Ranks in the top 10 in franchise history in receptions (7th-425), receiving yards (7th-6,537) and touchdown catches (5th-53).

Community Man
-- Established the Greg Jennings Foundation in 2008, which focuses on striving for a community where all educational needs for youth are met.
-- Framed and built his first Habitat for Humanity house in June 2008 in Milwaukee with proceeds from his charity golf tournament.
-- Went on his first African mission trip with the Starkey Hearing Foundation in 2012 to fit children with hearing aids.

Fun Fact
-- Made an appearance on the CBS crime drama Criminal Minds, playing the role of a lab.