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Community honors hometown hero Greg Jennings

by Thom Myers

March 7, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of Greg Jennings.
KALAMAZOO--Greg Jennings, star receiver for the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers and graduate of Kalamazoo Central High School and Western Michigan University, will be honored at a community homecoming celebration from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 14, in WMU's University Arena.

The event is open to the public free of charge. Doors open at 5 p.m. and seating is general admission.

WMU's Pep Band and cheer and dance teams will perform at the event, which includes remarks by Jennings, WMU Head Football Coach Bill Cubit and community leader Tim Terrentine. A WMU alumnus, Terrentine is associate vice president of Southwest Michigan First and former executive director of Douglass Community Association.

Participants in the celebration also include state Rep. Sean McCann, state Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker and U.S. Rep. Fred Upton. The event concludes with a presentation by Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell.

One month ago, 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.

Drafted in the second round in 2006, Jennings was No. 2 in the NFC and fourth overall during the 2010 regular season with 1,265 yards on 76 catches and tied a career-high with 12 touchdown receptions. He was named to the 2010 Pro Bowl.

At WMU, Jennings finished with the school's all-time 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 and captured the Vern Smith Award.