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Deion Branch-Super Bowl XXXIX MVP

Updated on April 3, 2013

Branch's 11 Receptions Ties Super Bowl Record

Anthony Deion Branch, Jr. (born July 18, 1979 in Albany, Georgia, Height: 5'9"| Weight: 193 lbs.| Years Pro: 10. Branch was picked by the New England Patriots in the second round of 2002 NFL Draft out of the University of Louisville. Branch was named the Most Valuable Player in Super Bowl XXXIX on February 6, 2005.

After tying former San Francisco 49er's wide receiver Jerry Rice and former Cincinnati Bengals tight end Dan Ross for the Super Bowl reception record with 11 catches for 133 yards. He was the first to win the award since 1989. In addition to 11 catches in Super Bowl XXXIX, Branch also caught 10 passes for 143 yards and a touchdown in Super Bowl XXXIII. His 21 receptions in those two games is an NFL record for receptions in consecutive Super Bowls and third most total yardage by a single player in Super Bowl history. Only Jerry Rice and Andre Reed, who each played in 4 Super Bowls recorded more. New England beat the Eagles 24 to 21 to win the 39th Super Bowl.

Currently with the Seattle Seahawks after being traded by the New England Patriots in 2006 will be teaming up with former Cincinnati Bengal standout receiver T J Houshmandzadeh for the upcoming 2010 season.

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Branch hauls in a catch as a Seahawk against the St. Louis Rams

In 2008 Deion had 30 receptions for 412 yds despite missing 8 games

Branch's charitable contribution has been stellar since coming into the leaque in 2002. The Deion Branch Charitable Foundation supports organizations committed to assisting meningistis victims. read more

Branch Is Looking Forward To Upcoming Season

Since having arthroscopic surgery more than 4 months ago in Philadelphia, Branch said " the surgery was a minor clean-out that is common following knee reconstruction. He said the procedure in April was less invasive than a year ago".

Seattle's head coach Pete Carroll said "Deion had a reallly good mini camp the first time out, so we got some real good

information on him". This will be Branch's fourth offense he has played in and the third with Seattle.

Deion Branch honored and humbled

University of Louisville places his No. 9 jersey in the Ring Of Honor

The University of Louisville honored the former standout wide receiver before the second quarter of Saturday's 56-0 blowout victory over Memphis. 10/9/10

Branch a wide receiver for the Cardinals in 2000 and '01, said he was able to keep his composure while being recognized on the field only because he could'nt when he initially was informed of the honor.

"The day (UofL associate athletic director) Gary Friedman called me, I think I let it go then, "Branch said, "About 10 minutes he was just holding on the phone, like "Deion, Deion," and I could'nt breathe."

Despite playing just two seasons after transferring from Jones County (Miss.) Junior College, Branch ranks in the schools top 10 in reception (143), receiving yards (2,204) and receiving touchdowns (18)

Branch, currently with the Seatle Seahawks was named MVP of Super Bowl XXXIX after tying a record with 11 catches in New England's 24-21 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.

He has been the subject of recent trade rumors that have him being reunited with quarterback Tom Brady in New England. "I'm going to leave that to the people that handle that," Branch said, "Right now I'm still a Seattle Seahawk, and whatever happens happens." cbrown@courier-journal.com

Deion scores 79 yd TD on Turkey-Day against the Lions
Deion scores 79 yd TD on Turkey-Day against the Lions

Branch Records Career Best

Deion 8 Catches For 151 YDS Against The Chicago Bears

Deion Branch has picked up were he left off 4 years ago before being traded to the Seattle Seahawks. Since returning to the New England Patriots on October 10, 2010 he has scored 6 touchdowns and has a total of 760 yards. Below are some highlights since he returned to the Patriots.

> Jets ends Patriots season with stifiling defense 28 to 21...Branch finishes the season with 61 receptions for 818 YDS and 6 Touchdowns and receiving average of 13.4 YDS per catch. His 13 yard touchdown with 24 seconds to go in the game was a highlight catch along the back of the endzone..

>Made three catches for 64 yards, including a 26 yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady on fouth-and-three in the first quarter against the Jets (12/6)

>Recorded his longest career reception on a 79 yard touchdown from Tom Brady, Deion's cross-over move turned Detroits defensive back around not once...but twice! ((Thanksgiving Day, 2010).

>Led the team with seven catches for 70 yards against the Colts, including a third down conversion in the first quarter that kept a 15 play 82-yard scoring drive alive (11/21)

>Caught two passes for 21 yards against the Browns (11/7)

>Recorded seven receptions for 71 yrds against the Pittsburg Steelers (11/14)

>Made one 21 yard catch against the Minnesota Vikings in his second Patriot start of 2010 (10/31)

>Made four catches for39 yards, including a 17-yard pass from Brady in the fourth quarter against San Diego (10/24)

>In his first game back with the Patriots after spending four-plus seasons with the Seahawks, Branch had nine receptions for 98 yards and one touchdown from Brady in the fourth quarter (10/17). The nine receptions against the Ravens were the second highest single game total of his career, dating back to his career-high 13 catch performance at San Diego as a rookie (11/29/02). Source: New England Patriots Official Website.

Deion Branch Highlights - Branch has a 70% 3rd down completion average for career

Deion Branch Super Bowl XXXIX MVP - Branch grabs one of his 11 record tying catches

 

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    • Phillyfreeze profile imageAUTHOR

      Ronald Tucker 

      5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      @mariacarbonara: Yes, I have known Deion since he was an All-Conference wide receiver at the University of Louisville. After being drafted by the Ne England Patriots in the second round in 2002 he whent on to set receiving records in his rookie season...and later setting a Super Bowl record for most yards in consecutive Super Bowls by an individual player that total 276 yards. Thanks for visiting and commenting. I appreciate it.

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      mariacarbonara 

      5 years ago

      Is he your favorite player?

    • Phillyfreeze profile imageAUTHOR

      Ronald Tucker 

      5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      @ConvenientCalendar: ConvenientCalendar, Deion is a unrestricted free agent.

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      ConvenientCalendar 

      5 years ago

      Who is he playing for now?

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      Alex-Gopson LM 

      5 years ago

      Deion has had an interesting and successful career, he always was my favorite New England receiver through the years, even with Welker and Moss coming in and out of Bellicheck's reign.

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      Ronald Tucker 

      5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      @infoprogirl: Infoprogirl, Deion tends to save his best performances for football biggest stage(the Super Bowl) where he has tied one record for his 10 catches in Super Bowl XXXVIII and named MVP. Setting a Super Bowl record for most yards by a single player in back-to-back Super Bowls when he had 143 yards on 11 catches in Super Bowl XXXIX for a total of 276 yards on the Ultimate Sporting Stage!

      Thanks for visiting and commenting...I appreciate it. Hope you have a wonderful holiday season.

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      infoprogirl 

      5 years ago

      Very informative lens. I'm not into football, however, Deion Branch seems to be a well-accomplished player.

    • Phillyfreeze profile imageAUTHOR

      Ronald Tucker 

      5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      @Phillyfreeze: ...recording their 17th consecutive game with least 350 yards of offense. a run that began last year against the Nw York Giants in week 9. -Boston Globe (10/28/12)

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      Ronald Tucker 

      5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      NEW ENGLAND RELEASED VETERAN DEION BRANCH

      The Patriots brought Greg Salas up to the 53 man roster from the practice squad, Tom Curran of CSNNE.com reports.

      Deion who suffered a hamstring injury and was questionable for Sunday's game against the Colts will be available on waivers on Monday for any team that wants him, it wouldn't be surprising for the Patriots to bring him back...for the second time this season!

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      Ronald Tucker 

      5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      The Patriots set an NFL record on Sunday(10/28/12), recording their 17th consecutive game with t leas50 yards of offense, a run that began last year against the New York Giants in week 9. -Boston Globe

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      Ronald Tucker 

      6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      @WriterJanis2: Deion was released to make room for the 53 man roster and missed games against the Titans and Cardinals. Re-signed after a 18-day hiatus, Branch was back in a Patriots uniform for the game against the Ravens.

      Baltimore won the game 31 to 30.

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      gee5 

      6 years ago

      Nice lens. Branch is a hard worker.

    • Phillyfreeze profile imageAUTHOR

      Ronald Tucker 

      6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      @WriterJanis2: Sept. 19, 2012- New England Patriots resigns Super Bowl XXXIX MVP Deion Branch and added Tight End Kellen Winslow to shore up their receiving corp.

      Deion had 51 receptions for 702 yards last year

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      Ronald Tucker 

      6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      @WriterJanis2: Jainis, with the off-season trades and free-agency acquisitions the Patriots have positoned themselves to make another run to the Super Bowl.

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      WriterJanis2 

      6 years ago

      It will be interesting to see what the new season brings.

    • Phillyfreeze profile imageAUTHOR

      Ronald Tucker 

      6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      @gee5: gee5, Deion is a hard worker and his hard work has paid off swell...having going to a Super Bowl on average every 3.3 years.:)

      Deion is going into his 10th season as a NFL Wideout which says a lot about his conditioning and skill set. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

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      Ronald Tucker 

      6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      @goo2eyes lm: goo2eyes, Congratulations!...New York Giants player Chris Canty had predicted a victory earlier in the week and it caused quite a bit of buzz. Hopefully my Patriots will be back to the Super Bowl.

      Thanks for visiting and commenting...appreciate it!

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      goo2eyes lm 

      6 years ago

      ny giants won- i saw the game but only towards the end.

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      Ronald Tucker 

      6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      New York Giants 21 New England Patriots 17...Deion had 3 receptions for 45 yards. Several dropped passes cost Pats field position and a chance for go-ahead touchdown.

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      Ronald Tucker 

      6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      @greenmind: webkangaroo, thanks for visiting and commenting...I appreciate it. The New England Patriots won a a hard fought defensive game against the stubborn Baltimore Ravens 23 to 20. Now its on to Indianapolis to face Eli Manning and the New York Giants.

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      GreenMind Guides 

      6 years ago from USA

      Nice lens. I can tell you worked hard on this!

    • Phillyfreeze profile imageAUTHOR

      Ronald Tucker 

      6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Tom Brady and the New England Patriots mauls the Denver Broncos in a 45 to 10 win. Brady was brilliant while setting records for touchdowns (6), Passing yardage (363) with over 500 yards of total offense.

      Deion Branch looked spectacular on 61 yard scoring pass that made the score 21 to 7 and open the floodgates for the New England Patriots offense. -Jan. 14, 2012

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      Ronald Tucker 

      6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      In a 38-20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Nov. 27 Tom Brady pointed with his index finger, Deion picked up the signal and changed his route. The result was a 63 yard pass play. Downed at the 1 yard line where on the next play Ben-Jarvis Green scored to give the Patriots a 14-10 lead that set the tone for the remainder of the game.

      Tom Brady and Deion Branch have a special chemistry that goes back to the 2002 season...Branch had 6 catches for 125-yards and gave the Patriots an added boost to their offense.

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      Jim Sterling 

      6 years ago from Franklin, Tennessee

      Thanks for the lens on Deion, the Seahawks miss him.

    • Phillyfreeze profile imageAUTHOR

      Ronald Tucker 

      6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      @JK Sterling: jksterling, thanks for visiting and commenting. Deion was looking forward to the upcoming season before the trade came down. When healthy, Deion was on pace to have a very productive season with the Seahawks as indicated by his numbers above.

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      Ronald Tucker 

      7 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      @anonymous: SereneSea, Deion has been a stellar performer since being drafted in 2002 by the New England Patriots. As a wide receiver in the NFL where the average player has 4 year window of opportunity, Deion has surpassed and excelled that number going into his tenth year as a stand out NFL receiver.

      Thanks for your visit and comments on so many of my lens. Have a great week!

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Branch is quite a performer and promising athlete.

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