Anthony Joseph Fasano (born April 20, 1984) is a former American football tight end. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at Notre Dame. Fasano has also played for the Kansas City Chiefs, Tennessee Titans, and Miami Dolphins.
Fasano with the Miami Dolphins in 2009
|Born:||April 20, 1984|
Verona, New Jersey
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||255 lb (116 kg)|
|High school:||Verona (NJ)|
|NFL Draft:||2006 / Round: 2 / Pick: 53|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at PFR|
Fasano attended and played high school football at Verona High School in Verona, New Jersey, where he was a four-year letterman as a tight end and defensive lineman. During his senior season in 2001, he caught 178 passes for 3,460 yards and 47 touchdowns as a tight end while also adding 219 solo tackles as a senior. He set both season and career touchdown receptions records for the county (47 and 182, respectively). He also set school records in receptions in a season and career, touchdowns in a season and solo tackles in a season. Fasano finished his career with 668 catches and more than 8,500 yards and played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Fasano also earned eight letters in other sports, including four in basketball, two in baseball, and two in track. During his first baseball outing as a freshman, he pitched a perfect game. He was a two-time all-league selection in baseball,and a two-time captain in basketball. He was a two-time All-state and three-time All-conference selection in track, where he won the New Jersey Group 1 state championship in the javelin throw in his first year competing in the event, with a throw of 234 ft 1 in (71.36 m). He also threw the shot put. He also holds the record for the longest home run hit in a regular season game in Verona High School history.
As a freshman at the University of Notre Dame in 2002, Fasano failed to see playing time. The following season, he appeared in 11 games while starting three. He finished the season with 18 receptions for 169 yards and two touchdowns. Fasano caught four passes for 33 yards, including first career touchdown on a two-yard pass from Brady Quinn, against USC.
In 2004, Fasano started nine of the 11 games in which he appeared for the Fighting Irish. In a game against Purdue, Fasano earned John Mackey National Tight End of the Week honors after catching eight passes for 155 yards (a school record). In a game against Washington, Fasano caught the pass from quarterback Brady Quinn in the famous "Pass right" play. He went on to catch two touchdown passes that game. Fasano finished the season with 27 receptions for 367 yard and four touchdowns.
During his 2005 senior season, Fasano caught 47 passes for 576 yards (both third on the team) and two touchdowns. His touchdown catches on the season came against Navy and Tennessee, both on passes from Brady Quinn. He was one of three finalists for the John Mackey Award, given annually to the nation's top tight end.
At the NFL Scouting Combine in February 2006, Fasano measured in at 6-foot-4 and 259 pounds. However, he did not run the 40-yard dash at the Combine due to an injured hamstring. At Notre Dame's Pro Day in March, Fasano posted 40-yard dash times of 4.74 and 4.71 seconds.
Despite the presence of All-Pro tight end Jason Witten, the Dallas Cowboys drafted Fasano in the second round (53rd overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft, with the intent of running more two-tight end sets. It was reported that Fasano reminded then-head coach Bill Parcells of former NFL tight end Mark Bavaro, who played under Parcells with the New York Giants. Fasano agreed to terms on a contract with the Cowboys on July 27.
2006 season: Rookie yearEdit
Fasano appeared in all 16 games while starting in five of them during his rookie year. He became the third rookie tight end in franchise history to start the season opener when he opened the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on September 10. Fasano finished the season with 14 catches for 126 yards, and was also part of a blocking unit that helped running back Julius Jones rush for over 1,000 yards.
A shoulder injury bothered Fasano throughout training camp and preseason in 2007, but he went on to appear in every one of the team's regular season games while starting six of them. Fasano caught his first NFL touchdown on a 26-yard pass from quarterback Tony Romo against the Green Bay Packers on November 29. He suffered a mild concussion during Week 15 but did not miss a game. Fasano finished his second professional season with 14 receptions for 143 yards and a touchdown.
During the 2007 season, Wade Phillips became the new Cowboys head coach and Jason Garrett was named the offensive coordinator. At the end of the year, the team decided that he was not a good fit for their offensive system. He underwent shoulder surgery in January 2008.
On April 25, 2008, the Miami Dolphins agreed to acquire Fasano, along with linebacker Akin Ayodele, from the Cowboys in exchange for a fourth-round pick (100th overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft. Dolphins executive vice president Bill Parcells, general manager Jeff Ireland, head coach Tony Sparano, and other assistants were with the Cowboys organization when Fasano was drafted in 2006. The pick sent to Dallas for Fasano was eventually traded to the Oakland Raiders, who used it to select cornerback Tyvon Branch. During his first season with the Dolphins, Fasano caught 34 passes for 454 yards and a career-high 7 touchdowns.
In 2009, Fasano recorded 339 yards for 2 touchdowns as the Dolphins finished with a 7-9 record.
During training camp in August, Fasano switched from #81 to #80 after fellow tight end Aaron Halterman, who had previously worn #80, was waived/injured. On November 16, 2010, he signed a contract extension for two years worth up to $7.75 million. Overall, Fasano finished the 2010 season with a career-high 528 yards and 4 touchdowns as the Dolphins finished with a 7-9 record for the second consecutive year.
In 2011, Fasano recorded 32 receptions 451 yards for 5 touchdowns as the Dolphins finished with a 6-10 record.
In 2012, Fasano recorded a career-high 41 receptions for 332 yards and 5 touchdowns as the Dolphins finished with a 7-9 record.
Kansas City ChiefsEdit
Fasano signed as a free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs on March 12, 2013. A very durable player, that year he played in only nine games due to different injuries (knee, ankle, and concussion), registering 23 receptions for 200 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Fasano had a good start to the 2014 season, but a knee contusion limited his play after week 10 and although he remained the starter, he was phased out of the offense in favor of Travis Kelce. Fasano finished the 2014 season recording 226 yards and 4 touchdowns. He was released in a salary cap move on February 26, 2015.
After his release from the Chiefs, on March 13, 2015, Fasano signed a two-year contract with the Tennessee Titans. In his first year with the Titans, Fasano recorded 289 yards and 2 touchdowns, which included the game-winner in overtime against the New Orleans Saints.
In 2016, Fasano recorded 8 receptions for 83 yards for 2 touchdowns as the Titans finished with a 9-7 record and narrowly missed the playoffs.
Miami Dolphins (second stint)Edit
On March 9, 2017, Fasano signed a one-year contract with the Dolphins. He finished the season with 12 receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown.
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