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WMU alumnus Greg Jennings is Super Bowl Champion

by Thom Myers

Feb. 7, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of WMU alumnus Greg Jennings of the Green Bay Packers.
Greg Jennings
KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University alumnus Greg Jennings and the Green Bay Packers earned a 31-25 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV.

Jennings finished with four catches for 64 yards and two touchdowns. Jennings' first score came in the second quarter from 21 yards out, to put the Packers up 21-3. The second, with Green Bay leading by just four points, 21-17, came from eight yards out as Aaron Rodgers found Jennings alone in the back corner of the end zone.

Jennings' biggest play may have come on third-and-10 at the Packers' own 25-yard line. From the shotgun, Rodgers hit Jennings on a seam route for 31 yards to Pittsburgh's 44-yard line. The reception kept a drive alive that ultimately resulted in a Mason Crosby field goal.

Jennings joins offensive lineman Tom Nutten as the second former Bronco football player to win a Super Bowl. Nutten, a lineman for the Broncos, 1991-94, played seven seasons with the St. Louis Rams, earned a Super Bowl ring in 2000 and returned to the Super Bowl with the Rams in a losing effort in 2002.

Jennings, drafted in the second round in 2006, was No. 2 in the NFC and fourth overall during the regular season with 1,265 yards on 76 catches and tied a career-high with 12 touchdown receptions. The Kalamazoo Central graduate led the NFC with 16.6 yards per catch.

At WMU, Jennings finished with the school's career records in number of receptions (238), touchdowns (39) and all-purpose yards (5,050). As a senior, Jennings led the nation in receptions-per-game (8.91) and ranked second in touchdowns and in yards-per-game (114.45). He was was named the Mid-American Conference's Offensive Player of the Year.

Video highlights
Jennings' first Super Bowl XLV touchdown
Jennings' second Super Bowl XLV touchdown