PRO CAREER: Enters first season with the Bears after hauling in 140 receptions for 1,472 yards (10.5 ypc) and 9 touchdowns in 76 games (47 starts) over five seasons with the Dallas Cowboys (2008-11) and New York Giants (2012)… During the postseason, has played in 2 contests with 1 start, gathering 3 receptions for 27 yards… Set career-highs in 2012 with 55 receptions, 626 receiving yards and 5 TD catches… Appeared in at least 14 contests in all five seasons in the NFL and all 16 contests in three seasons (2008, 2010 and 2012).
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Entered the NFL as a second-round pick (61st overall) by Dallas in the 2008 NFL Draft... Signed a 4-year contract with the Cowboys (7/24/08)... Signed 1-year contract with the New York Giants (3/14/12)... Signed 4-year contract with Chicago (3/12/13). SIGNED through 2016
2012 SEASON: Started all 16 games for the Giants, establishing career-highs with 55 receptions, 626 receiving yards (11.4 ypc) and 5 TD catches… 5 receptions of 25-plus yards were tied for sixth in the NFL among tight ends… Established careerhigh 82 receiving yards at WAS (12/3). GAMES PLAYED-STARTED: 16-16
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2011 - Played in 14 games with 7 starts for Dallas… Grabbed 17 catches for 144 yards (8.5 ypc). 2010 - Appeared in all 16 contests for Dallas with 11 starts… Collected 33 receptions for 260 yards (7.9 ypc). 2009 - Started 6 of 14 contests played during the regular season for the Cowboys… Gathered 15 receptions for 159 yards (10.6 ypc)… Missed 2 games: vs. SD (12/13) and at NO (12/19) due to concussion suffered at NYG (12/6)… Appeared in both postseason contests for Dallas, starting 1, hauling in 3 receptions for 27 yards. 2008 - During rookie season in Dallas, appeared in all 16 games with 7 starts, recording 20 receptions for 283 yards (14.2 ypc) with 4 TDs… Made NFL debut at CLE (9/7)… Started first career contest vs. PHI (9/15)… Caught TD pass in 3 consecutive games (at WAS, 11/16; vs. SF, 11/23; at SEA, 11/27) to become third rookie in franchise history to accomplish the feat, joining Bob Hayes (1965) and Antonio Bryant (2002).
COLLEGE: Finished his Texas A&M career with 105 receptions, 1,246 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns… His 105 receptions tied the school career record for TEs with Rod Bernstine (1983-86) and his receiving yardage total set an Aggie tight end career record…Holds school record with at least 1 reception in 29 consecutive games… Lettered twice for the Texas A&M basketball team, appearing in 26 games as a reserve forward during the 2005-06 season… Communications major.
PERSONAL: Attended Alief High School in Taylor, Texas, where he was a 3-year starter at TE… Consensus prep All-America selection, a 2-time all-district and all-greater Houston choice… Earned first-team Class 5A all-state honors from the Texas Sports Writers Association as a senior in 2004… Also played basketball, picking up all-greater Houston accolades in 2004-05 as a senior… Married to the former Siggi Walker.
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