PRO CAREER: Started 9 of 19 games played over two seasons with Kansas City (2011-12) recording 6 receptions for 52 yards (8.7 ypr). CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Signed with Houston (5/18/10)… Waived by Texans (9/4/10)… Acquired by New England via waivers (9/5/10)…Waived by Patriots (9/27/10)… Signed practice squad contract with New England (9/29/10)… Signed by Patriots (1/19/11)… Waived by New England (9/4/11)… Acquired by Kansas City via waivers (9/5/11)… Signed 2-year contract with the Bears (3/21/13).
2012 SEASON: Saw action in 13 games with 8 starts for Kansas City, hauling in 5 receptions for 51 yards (10.2 ypc). PREVIOUS
SEASONS: 2011 - Saw action in 6 games with 1 start for Kansas City, garnering 1 reception for 1 yard… Made NFL debut on 11/27 vs. PIT, grabbing first career reception for a 1-yard gain… Made first career NFL on 12/24 vs. OAK. 2010 - Inactive for the first 3 games with New England (after being acquired off waivers from Houston) before being released (9/27) ... Added to Patriots practice squad (9/29) where he spent the remainder of the season.
COLLEGE: Played in 47 games with 25 starts as a tight end at Temple (2006-09)... Registered 38 receptions for 421 yards (11.1 ypr) with and 9 touchdowns ... Started all 13 games as a senior in 2009, recording 12 catches for 134 yards (11.2 ypr) with 2 TDs... Third-team all-Mid-American Conference honoree... Received Academic all-MAC honors... Majored in Communications. PERSONAL: Played one season of football at Saddle Brook High School (Saddle Brook, NJ), totaling 36 receptions for 607 yards and 5 TDs... Garnered Bergen Record second-team allNorth Jersey honors... Three-year starter in basketball.
Bears undrafted tight end Ben Braunecker is featured in the third segment of "Meet the Rookies," a four-part series that chronicles the inspirational stories of the team's newest players.
Bears seventh-round pick Daniel Braverman is featured in the second segment of "Meet the Rookies," a four-part series that chronicles the inspirational stories of the team's newest players.
When the Bears were in the process of hiring a head coach in 1982, players wrote a letter to owner George Halas imploring him to retain Buddy Ryan as defensive coordinator.
During an appearance on Bears Roundtable last season, former safety Doug Plank explains why defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan-who passed away Tuesday-named the '46' defense after him.
Learn more about rookie tight end Ben Braunecker as he begins his NFL career on Meet the Rookies.
Learn more about rookie wide receiver Daniel Braverman as he begins his NFL career on Meet the Rookies.
Former Bears safety Doug Plank and HOF linebacker Mike Singletary share memories of playing in Buddy Ryan’s famous 46 defense.
From the archives, Bears Hall of Famer Mike Singletary talks about his relationship with Buddy Ryan.