Brian Finneran
Finneran in November 2008
No. 86     
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1976-01-31) January 31, 1976 (age 43)
Place of birth: Mission Viejo, California
High School: Santa Margarita Catholic
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Weight: 217 lb (98 kg)
Career information
College: Villanova
Undrafted in 1998
Debuted in 1999 for the Barcelona Dragons
Last played in 2010 for the Atlanta Falcons
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Retired
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2010
Receptions     238
Receiving Yards     3,093
Receiving TDs     19
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Brian Finneran (born January 31, 1976) is an American football wide receiver who most recently played for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League. He was signed by the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 1998. He played college football at Villanova.

Finneran has also been a member of the Philadelphia Eagles and Barcelona Dragons.

Early yearsEdit

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 careerEdit

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 careerEdit

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. Known as Mr. First Down to his fans in Atlanta for all the 3rd down catches he has made for first downs.


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.[1] He is also currently an ambassador for USA Football.[2]


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