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Brian Finneran

Brian Finneran
Finneran in November 2008
No. 86
Position: Wide Receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1976-01-31) January 31, 1976
Place of birth: Mission Viejo, California
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school: Santa Margarita Catholic
College: Villanova
Undrafted: 1998
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 238
Receiving Yards: 3,093
Receiving TDs: 19
Stats at

Brian Joseph Finneran (born January 31, 1976) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League. He was signed by the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 1998 and also played for the Barcelona Dragons, Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons. He played college football at Villanova.


  • Early years 1
  • College career 2
  • Professional career 3
  • Personal 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early years

Finneran attended Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Rancho Santa Margarita, California and finished his three-year career there with a school career-record 177 receptions.

College career

Finneran and his identical twin brother, Brad, played college football for Villanova University and were lettermen. As a senior, Finneran had 96 receptions for 1,389 yards, earning All-American honors from the Associated Press and being awarded the Walter Payton Award, which is given to the nation's top Division I-AA offensive player. He had 265 receptions for 3,872 yards and 34 touchdowns over his entire college career. He had his number 25 jersey retired by Villanova in the fall of 2003. Rob Ronoldo and Bill Carinci were in attendance.

Professional career

Prior to joining the Falcons, Finneran played for the NFL Europa Barcelona Dragons where he was named All-NFL Europe. After coming to America and joining the Falcons, he proved to be a consistent possession receiver. Finneran tore ligaments in his left knee during Falcons practice on July 30, 2006 and missed the entire 2006 season. He missed his second straight season after tearing the reconstructed anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Before injuries forced him to miss the previous two seasons, he was the preferred target of quarterback Michael Vick despite generally starting in the slot receiver position. He returned to the field in 2008 but did not start and saw limited action. He was re-signed to a one-year contract on February 11, 2010.


Finneran is married to Erin, they have four children: Conor, Brynn, Keenan, Cullen. He is one of the hosts on The Front Row, a morning sports talk show on 680thefan in Atlanta. Finneran also has one of the most powerful and sought-after cards in the Ultimate Team portion of the video game Madden 25 due to him being listed, opposed to 6'5" in reality, as 6'7" [1] He is also currently an ambassador for USA Football.[2] Finneran would also make another appearance in Madden 16 as a special "Legends" card available in Ultimate Team and Draft Champions modes, this time at the correct height of 6'5".


  1. ^ People - Brian Finneran
  2. ^ "Rich McKay backs Heads Up Football effort in Atlanta".  

External links

  • Atlanta Falcons bio
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