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Derrick Jabar Gaffney (born December 1, 1980 in ) is an American football wide receiver for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Houston Texans in the second round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He played college football at Florida.

Gaffney has also been a member of the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots. He is the son of former New York Jets wide receiver Derrick Gaffney and the cousin of current New York Jets cornerback Lito Sheppard.

Early years

Gaffney attended William M. Raines High School in Jacksonville, Floridamarker, and was a student and a letterman in football. In football, he was a two-year starter as a wide receiver and as a junior, he led his team to a State Title.

Professional career

Houston Texans

Gaffney was selected with the 1st pick in the 2nd round of the 2002 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans. His tenure with the team was marred by his often inconsistent play which led to his benching in favor of veterans receivers, in particular Corey Bradford. After his rookie contract was up the Texans chose not to re-sign him.

New England Patriots

Jabar Gaffney at the Patriots 2007 Training Camp.
October 9, 2006, Gaffney signed a two-year deal with the Patriots. On March 5, 2008, Gaffney re-signed with the Patriots for one year worth $2 million.

In his first-ever playoff game, on January 7, 2007 against the New York Jets, Gaffney had a near-career day, catching eight passes for 104 yards, his second 100-yard performance as a receiver (in ten regular season games, Gaffney caught 11 passes for 142 yards and one touchdown.) Gaffney followed that performance a week later against San Diego with another 100-yard game, in which he caught ten passes and scored a touchdown.

Jabar Gaffney finished the 2008 season with 44 receptions for 468 yards and two touchdowns. His longest reception this year was 37 yards. His best game came against the Cardinals in week 16, when he had 90 yards receiving.

Denver Broncos

On February 27, 2009, Gaffney signed a four-year, $10 million contract with the Denver Broncos. The deal includes $3 million guaranteed.


Gaffney and his wife Terin have a son, Jackson Tyrel Gaffney and a daughter, Teagan Danae Gaffney.


  1. Denver Broncos Bio
  2. New England Patriots bio

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