|Date of birth:January 30, 1981|
|Place of birth: Hartford, Connecticut|
|Undrafted in 2006|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|* Rhein Fire ( 2006)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|* Walter Payton Award (2003)|
|Stats at NFL.com|
Jamaal Branch (born January 30, 1981) is a former American football running back. who played two seasons with the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League. He was originally signed by the Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He played college football at Colgate University.
Early life and education
Jamaal Branch was born in Hartford, Connecticut, but soon after his family moved to Mashpee, Massachusetts, where he still resides. Branch attended Falmouth High School and graduated in 1999. While at Falmouth, Branch was a 4-time letter-winner for Football & Track teams, and was teammates at Falmouth with another former NFL player from Mashpee, Willie Ford.
Branch played college football at Colgate University from 2000–2001, 2003-2004. After sitting out all of 2002 for personal reasons, Branch led all of Division I football with 168.8 rushing yards and 12.5 points per game in 2003, setting NCAA records for yards (2,026), touchdowns (25), rushes (338), 100-yard games (11), and consecutive 100-yard games (11). He received the 2003 Walter Payton Award, given annually by The Sports Network.com to the best player in Division I-AA football. It is widely considered to be the equivalent of the Heisman Trophy for Division I-A. He graduated in 2005 and is the first in his family to attend and graduate from college."Patriot League hands out weekly football awards". patriotleague.org. September 5, 2005. http://www.patriotleague.org/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/090505aac.html.</ref>
Before Branch's rookie season, he played in NFL Europe for the Rhein Fire and Cologne Centurions to help develop his skills and adjust to playing in the NFL. On December 29, 2006, it was reported that the New Orleans Saints signed Branch to their roster. Two days later, in the Saints' New Year's Eve game against the Carolina Panthers, Branch scored his first touchdown. It was a 7-yard outside rush to the end zone. Branch broke his leg on the opening kickoff of the 2007 season's week 16 game against Philadelphia. Branch did not play again that season. He was released by the Saints on May 2, 2008.
Branch currently works with the Pop Warner Youth Football players in his hometown of Mashpee, and also works with a company called D-1 Athletes, alongside former Carolina Panthers and Tennessee Titans wide receiver, Isaac Byrd. Branch works with highly touted high school football prospects & players who are being recruited by or potential D-1 College Football players. Branch works on speed development and running back techniques with the company.
A native of Mashpee, Massachusetts, Branch is of mixed African-American and Native American Indian (Wampanoag) descent. His mother is from the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe.
- The Sports Network - Jamaal Branch wins 2003 Walter Payton Award
- Ready or Not, Subs Will Play
- "BRANCHING OUT: COLGATE STAR RUNNING BACK HAS TRAVELED DIFFICULT ROAD". Patriot League. http://patriotleague.org/news/2004/9/9/Branching_Out_Colgate_Star_Running_Back_Has_Traveled_Difficult_Road.aspx?path=football. Retrieved 20 July 2019.