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Breno Gomes Giacomini[1] (born September 27, 1985)[2] is an American football offensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fifth round in the 2008 NFL Draft.[3][4] He played college football at Louisville. Giacomini is of Brazilian descent.[5] Along with Gary Barnidge of the Cleveland Browns, Giacomini founded American Football Without Barriers in 2011, a football-related charity foundation.[6]

Breno Giacomini
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Giacomini with the Seattle Seahawks in 2011
Free agent
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1985-09-27) September 27, 1985 (age 33)
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Height:6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Weight:320 lb (145 kg)
Career information
High school:Malden
(Malden, Massachusetts)
College:Louisville
NFL Draft:2008 / Round: 5 / Pick: 150
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2017
Games played:94
Games started:86
Holding Penalties committed:626271818274
Player stats at NFL.com

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Early yearsEdit

The son of two Brazilian expatriates from Governador Valadares,[7] Giacomini was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts and raised in Malden. His interest in playing football begun as Giacomini was brought to meet New England Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe at the Boston Marriott, where his father worked.[8] Giacomini was a three-year starter as a defensive end and outside linebacker at Malden High School with Joe Morrisey. He started his freshman and sophomore years, but decided to not play football as a junior to concentrate on basketball, as he averaged 21.0 points per game as a senior and was second in the league in scoring. However, one of his high school football coaches convinced him to resume playing football for college.[4] Despite taking an almost two year long absence from football in high school, Giacomini was rated as a 2-star recruit by 247 Sports and a 3-star recruit by Rivals coming out of high school. Giacomini ultimately committed to play for Louisville, which was the lone Division 1-A college program to offer him a scholarship. [9]

College careerEdit

Giacomini played college football at Louisville. While he had played on the defensive side of the ball in high school, the Louisville coaches were so impressed with his speed and catching ability they converted him to a tight end for his freshman and sophomore seasons.

When he reported to fall camp in 2006, he had grown from a 242-pound tight end to a 303-pound offensive tackle forcing the coaching staff to move him to the offensive line. He started two games his junior year when starter George Bussey was out with an injury.

During his senior season, Giacomini moved to starting right tackle. The team's ground game struggled, but he provided solid pass protection, allowing only four sacks and two pressures on 491 pass plays. He earned second-team All-Big East Conference honors.[4]

Professional careerEdit

Green Bay PackersEdit

Giacomini was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fifth round, 150th overall, in the 2008 NFL Draft. On July 23, he was signed to a four-year rookie contract with a signing bonus of $179,000.[10][11]

Seattle SeahawksEdit

Giacomini was acquired by the Seattle Seahawks from the Packers practice squad on September 28, 2010, and released on October 23, 2010. He was re-signed for the 2011 season, during which he played in 15 games and started 8.[12] He started every game of the 2012 season, including both postseason games.[13]

Giacomini started in 9 games during the 2013 season, missing 7 games (week 4-10) while recovering from knee surgery.[14] Giacomini started all three post-season games for the Seahawks including their 43-8 Super Bowl win over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.[15]

New York JetsEdit

Giacomini was signed by the New York Jets on March 12, 2014.[16] He started every game of the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

Giacomini started the 2016 on the Reserve/PUP list due a back injury and missed the first seven games.[17] He was activated to the active roster on October 29, 2016 prior to Week 8 of the 2016 season.[18] He was placed on injured reserve on December 13, 2016 after re-injuring his back in Week 13.[19]

On February 23, 2017, Giacomini was released by the Jets.[20]

Houston TexansEdit

On May 16, 2017, Giacomini signed with the Houston Texans.[21]

Oakland RaidersEdit

On March 22, 2018, Giacomini signed with the Oakland Raiders, reuniting with former Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable.[22] He was released on August 27, 2018.[23]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "ESPN Profile". ESPN.com.
  2. ^ "ESPN Player Page". scores.espn.go.com. Retrieved May 2, 2008.
  3. ^ "Player Bio: Breno Giacomini". Uoflsports.cstv.com. Archived from the original on October 12, 2007. Retrieved May 1, 2008.
  4. ^ a b c "Draft Player Profiles: Breno Giacomini". NFL.com. Archived from the original on April 16, 2008. Retrieved May 1, 2008.
  5. ^ "New England Roots: Breno Giacomini". ESPN Boston. Retrieved December 12, 2013.
  6. ^ Drovetto,Tony (March 8, 2013). "BRENO GIACOMINI TAKES HIS GAME TO CHINA WITH AMERICAN FOOTBALL WITHOUT BARRIERS". SeaHawks.com. Retrieved February 2, 2014.
  7. ^ "'Segurança' de quarterback, filho de brasileiros busca título do Super Bowl" (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. January 14, 2014. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  8. ^ Cullen, Kevin (January 31, 2014). "Breno Giacomini, the pride of Malden High". The Boston Globe. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  9. ^ https://247sports.com/Recruitment/Breno-Giacomini-47092/RecruitInterests
  10. ^ Rob Demovsky (July 23, 2008). "Packers sign Giacomini, Swain, Flynn". greenbaypressgazette.com. Retrieved July 24, 2008.[dead link]
  11. ^ PackersNews.com (July 24, 2008). "Poppinga gets a four-year contract extension, plus other salary info". greenbaypressgazette.com. Retrieved July 24, 2008.
  12. ^ Breno Giacomini. "Seattle Seahawks: Breno Giacomini". Seahawks.com. Archived from the original on January 27, 2013. Retrieved January 30, 2013.
  13. ^ Breno Giacomini (September 27, 1985). "Breno Giacomini: Game Logs at". Nfl.com. Retrieved January 30, 2013.
  14. ^ Breno Giacomini (September 27, 1985). "Breno Giacomini: Game Logs at". Nfl.com. Retrieved December 29, 2013.
  15. ^ "Super Bowl XLVIII - Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos - February 2nd, 2014". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
  16. ^ Lange, Randy (March 12, 2014). "Tackle Breno Giacomini Agrees to Terms with Jets". New York Jets. Archived from the original on March 7, 2016. Retrieved March 12, 2014.
  17. ^ Cimini, Rich (August 26, 2016). "Breno Giacomini likely to miss opener, Jets seek help at right tackle". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 10, 2016.
  18. ^ Allen, Eric (October 29, 2016). "Jets Activate Giacomini to Active Roster". NewYorkJets.com. Archived from the original on November 1, 2016.
  19. ^ Greenberg, Ethan (December 13, 2016). "Jets Place S Gilchrist & T Giacomini on IR". NewYorkJets.com. Archived from the original on August 29, 2017.
  20. ^ Allen, Eric (February 23, 2017). "Jets Release T Breno Giacomini". NewYorkJets.com. Archived from the original on June 3, 2017.
  21. ^ "Texans sign T Giacomini, three college free agents". HoustonTexans.com. May 14, 2017. Archived from the original on August 26, 2017.
  22. ^ "Raiders Sign Tackle Breno Giacomini". Raiders.com. March 22, 2018. Archived from the original on May 12, 2018.
  23. ^ "Raiders Announce Transactions - 8.27.2018". Raiders.com. August 27, 2018.

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