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Jared Abbrederis

Jared Abbrederis
Abbrederis in 2012.
No. 84     Green Bay Packers
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-12-17) December 17, 1990
Place of birth: Wautoma, Wisconsin
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school: Wautoma (WI)
College: Wisconsin
NFL Draft: 2014 / Round: 5 / Pick: 176
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
Roster status: Injured reserve
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Stats at

Jared Abbrederis (born December 17, 1990) is an American football wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. He played college football at Wisconsin.

High School

Abbrederis attended Wautoma High School in Wautoma, Wisconsin and was a three-time letterwinner in football. He was second-team all-conference quarterback as a sophomore. He was named second-team all-conference quarterback and first-team all-conference as a defensive back as a junior. As a senior, he was named first-team all-conference quarterback and defensive back, conference offensive player of the year and Wisconsin Football Coaches Association first-team all-state quarterback. He finished his career with 3,014 passing yards.

He also competed in track and wrestling. He was a two-time state champion and state record holder in the 110m hurdles (14.33 s) and state champion as a senior in the 300m hurdles (37.91 s). His track team won the state championship in 2009. He was named Gatorade track athlete of the year and BFS Male National Athlete of the Year as a senior. At the 2009 SCC Quadrangular, he won the 100 meters event, recording a career-best time of 10.84 seconds.[1] He also ran the 400 meters in 49.64 seconds.

College career


At the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Abbrederis joined the Wisconsin Badgers football team as a walk-on spread quarterback on the scout team.[2]


Abbrederis earned his first letter while playing in all 13 games and starting two games. He finished the season tied for second on the team in touchdown receptions (3), fourth in receiving yards (289) and fifth in receptions (20). He had a personal best 79 receiving yards, including a career-long 74-yard touchdown catch, on two receptions and returned one kickoff for 52 yards against Indiana on November 13. After the season, Abbrederis was named to's Freshman All-Big Ten Team.


Abbrederis earned his second letter, starting all 14 games at wide receiver. He finished the season ranked third in the country with an average of 15.8 yards per punt return, second-best in a single season in Wisconsin history (minimum 15 returns). He led the team with 933 receiving yards, the fifth-most in school history and most by a sophomore. His eight receiving touchdowns were second on the team and tied for the fifth-most in one season at Wisconsin. His 55 receptions ranked second on the team and seventh-most in school history. He finished second in the Big Ten and 13th nationally with 1,999 all-purpose yards.

He recorded a 60-yard punt return touchdown against Indiana on October 15.[2] On October 22, in a 37-31 loss to Michigan State, Abbrederis played as the third safety in the final play of the game to defend a Hail Mary pass by Michigan State's Kirk Cousins.[3] However, with the game tied and no time left, Abbrederis mistimed his jump on the pass defense, and the ball deflected off another player before landing into the hands of Michigan State's Keith Nichol for a touchdown.[3][4][5] The game officials initially ruled Nichol's catch short of the end zone but ruled Nichol's catch a touchdown after reviewing a replay.[6] His 346 all-purpose yards in the Rose Bowl vs. Oregon were one yard shy of Ron Dayne's school record.[2]

Following the 2011 season, Abbrederis was named honorable mention All-American punt returner by In January 2012, Abbrederis earned a scholarship from the university.[2]


Jared Abbrederis works out on the sidelines during Wisconsin's 2012 game against Ohio State.

Abbrederis scored two touchdowns on September 1 against Northern Iowa. He had a career-high 147 receiving yards on September 22 against UTEP. Following the season, Abbrederis was named consensus first-team All-Big Ten.


Abbrederis was named to the preseason watch lists for the Biletnikoff Award, Paul Hornung Award, fourth-team All-American (Phil Steele), first-team All-Big Ten (Athlon, Phil Steele and Sporting News). He recorded two catches for 122 yards and two touchdowns on August 31 against UMass. He caught eight passes for 62 yards and a touchdown against Tennessee Tech on September 7. During the Wisconsin-Ohio State game he caught 10 passes for 207 yards against future 2014 NFL 1st round draft pick cornerback Bradley Roby.[7][8][9][10] After the game he was called the "best NFL prospect on the field" over other players, notably Ohio State's Braxton Miller, Bradley Roby and Carlos Hyde as well as Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon, James White and Chris Borland.[9] In November it was announced that Abbrederis was one of three finalists for the Burlsworth Trophy, which recognizes student-athletes who began their college football career as a walk-on.[11] A month later he was named the Burlsworth Trophy winner.[12] He finished his collegiate career tied for the Badgers' all-time receptions record.[13] After the end of the 2013 season Abbrederis, along with four other Wisconsin players, was invited to and trained for the 2014 Senior Bowl; however, in practice he injured his hamstring and pulled out of the game.[14][15]

College Statistics

Year Team Rec Rec Yds Rec Avg Rec TDs Rush Rush Yds Rush TDs Kick Ret Kick Ret Yds Kick Ret Avg Kick Ret TDs Punt Ret Punt Ret Yds Punt Ret Avg Punt Ret TDs
2010 Wisconsin 20 289 14.5 3 3 27 0 3 111 37.0 0 7 67 9.6 0
2011 Wisconsin 55 933 17.0 8 11 62 0 28 689 24.6 0 20 315 15.8 1
2012 Wisconsin 49 837 17.1 5 8 83 0 0 0 0.0 0 17 111 6.5 0
2013 Wisconsin 78 1,081 13.9 7 6 119 2 0 0 0.0 0 11 94 8.5 0
College Totals 202 3,140 15.5 23 28 291 2 31 800 25.8 0 55 587 10.7 1

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 1 in 195 lb 31 3/8 in 9 5/8 in 4.44 s 4.08 s 6.80 s 30.5 in 9 ft 8 in 4 reps 32
All values from NFL Combine[17] Wonderlic[18]

Green Bay Packers

Abbrederis was selected by the Green Bay Packers with the 36th pick of the fifth round (176th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.[19][20][21] He was the first Badgers player drafted by the Packers since offensive lineman Bill Ferrario was selected in the fourth round in 2001.[22] On being drafted by the Packers Abbrederis stated "Just being a walk-on at Wisconsin and then being able to have my dream to play in the NFL on the Packers, which is my team growing up. That's who I rooted for, so I'm excited."[23] Abbrederis was the first Badgers player drafted by nine-year Packers general manager, Ted Thompson.[20][22] Regarding the pick Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said "It's nice to come up here and say, 'about time we finally drafted one," and "There's been a number (of Badgers players) over the years we felt we were going to draft. It's great."[22] Abbrederis has been compared to other Green Bay wide receivers Donald Driver and Jordy Nelson.[22]

Four days after being selected by the Packers in the draft Abbrederis signed a four-year contract worth $2.364 million deal, including $144,560 signing bonus.[24][25][26]

During an August training camp practice, Abbrederis tore his right anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), requiring surgery, and likely sidelining him for most or all of the 2014-2015 NFL season.[27]

Personal life

Abbrederis met his future wife, Rachel Otto, at a Bible study class in September 2010. They were married on May 26, 2012. In 2014, his wife Rachel announced they were expecting their first child, due in February 2015.[28]

His hobbies include hunting, fishing, lifting weights and relaxing with friends.


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  4. ^ Fortuna, Matt (October 8, 2013). "Abbrederis leaving mark across Big Ten". ESPN. Retrieved August 14, 2014. 
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  6. ^ Sipple, George (October 23, 2011). "Michigan State 37, Wisconsin 31: Hail Mary wins it for Spartans". Detroit Free Press. Archived from the original on October 24, 2011. Retrieved August 14, 2014. 
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  8. ^ "Ohio State football: Taking a closer look at Bradley Roby". Land-Grant Holy Land. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  9. ^ a b Featured Columnist (2013-09-29). "Ohio State vs. Wisconsin: Jared Abbrederis Was Best NFL Prospect on the Field". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  10. ^ "Wisconsin's Abbrederis Outshines Ohio State's Roby". 2013-10-03. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  11. ^ "Former walk-on Abbrederis a finalist for Burlsworth Trophy - - The Official Athletic Site of the Wisconsin Badgers". 2013-11-26. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  12. ^ "Abbrederis named winner of Burlsworth Trophy - - The Official Athletic Site of the Wisconsin Badgers". 2013-12-09. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  13. ^ "NFL Draft results 2014: Jared Abbrederis the latest Wisconsin receiver in NFL - Bucky's 5th Quarter". Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  14. ^ "2014 Senior Bowl roster: Jared Abbrederis unable to play after hamstring injury". Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
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  21. ^ AP 9 p.m. EDT May 10, 2014 (2014-05-10). "Packers go with homegrown Abbrederis". Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  22. ^ a b c d Fox Sports (2014-05-10). "Jared Abbrederis first Wisconsin Badgers player drafted by Green Bay Packers GM Ted Thompson | FOX Sports on MSN". Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
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External links

  • Wisconsin profile
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