Jabar Gaffney is one of many Gaffney’s that excelled in football with the Gators & the NFL. Talent is not just his own; it’s embedded in his DNA. His father, Derrick (74-77) was a WR for the Gators & held the record for the longest catch in SEC history for a long time, also played in the NFL for the Jets, his uncles Don (73-75), Warren ( 75-78), & Johnny (78-81) all played for the Gators too. AKA the Gaffney brothers. Don was a QB that also played in the NFL & was the 1st black QB to ever start for UF. Warren played WR & uncle Johnny played WR too.
Gaffney accepted an athletic scholarship to attend UF, where he played for coach Steve Spurrier’s Florida Gators football team from 2000-01. The Gators coaching staff decided to redshirt him as a true freshman in 1999. Gaffney became a prolific pass-catcher as a 1st-year starter in 2000 & made the game-winning touchdown “catch” with 14 seconds remaining to defeat the Tennessee Volunteers 27–23—a game that ultimately decided the 2000 winner of the Eastern Division of the SEC. Gaffney amassed 1,184 receiving yards & 14 TD receptions in 2000, & another 1,191 & 13 TDs in 2001.
As a Gator, Gaffney had 27 TD catches which are the most for a player in major college history during their combined freshman & sophomore seasons. He is the only player in school history to register back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons (2000-01). His 14 career 100-yard receiving games rank first in UF history & his 138 career receptions rank 7th in school history. His 27 career TD catches are 4th-best in school history & 6th best in SEC history. Gaffney was a finalist for the 2001 Biletnikoff Award. He was a 1st Team All America selection in 2001 & joins Carlos Alvarez as the only sophomore wide receivers in UF history to achieve that distinction.
Gaffney was the Sporting News National Freshman of the Year for 2000 & a 1st-team All-SEC selection in 2000 and 2001 & in 2000, became the 1st freshman WR in school history to earn 1st-team all-conference honors. He was the SEC Freshman Player of the Year in 2000 as selected by the coaches & Set the NCAA Division IA record for touchdown receptions in a season by a freshman with 14 in 2000 as well as most receiving yards in a season (1,184) by a freshman. His 71 catches in 2000 set an SEC single-season freshman record. He Had at least 100 receiving yards in six consecutive games in 2000 tying the school record & had at least one TD catch in 9 of 12 games in 2000, including an 8-game consecutive streak, which then ranked 2nd-best in school history.
He was an SEC Champion in 2000. A First-team All-SEC (2000, 2001). A First-team All-American (2001) & a Paul Warfield Award winner (2001).
Gaffney was selected with the 1st pick in the 2nd round of the 2002 NFL draft by the Houston Texans where he played till 2005. He then signed with the Philadelphia eagles & then the New England Patriots where he played for 2 years. Gaffney finished the 2008 season with 44 receptions for 468 yards & 2 TDs. He then signed with the Denver Broncos where he played in 2009 & 2010. He then signed with the Washington Redskins in 2011 & finished his NFL career with the Miami Dolphins in 2012.
Gaffney was born in San Antonio, Texas. He attended William M Raines Senior High School in Jacksonville, Florida & was a letterman for the Raines Viking football team. He was a 2-year starter as a wide receiver, & as a junior in 1997, he caught the game-winning, 4th-quarter touchdown pass in the state championship game which happened to be in the future Steve Spurrier Field in Gainesville. National Blue Chips ranked him amongst the top 20 players in the nation at the flanker position. He was named to Prep Stars All-SEC Regional team. He was named to Who’s Who Among American High School Students. Before selecting Florida, he visited Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, & Virginia.
Gaffney and ex-wife Terin have a son, Jackson Tyrel Gaffney, & a daughter, Teagan Danae Gaffney. He is the son of former New York Jets wide receiver Derrick Gaffney, the Nephew of Don, Warren & Johnny Gaffney & the 1st cousin of NFL & Gator Great cornerback Lito Sheppard. Gaffney lives in Jacksonville, Florida.