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Can you hear me now?

Saturday, January 31, 2004

Can you hear me now?
Second-year wideout David Givens, a native of Humble, Texas, said the past week was one of the most hectic of his young life. Playing in the Super Bowl so close to home has brought the obvious array of ticket requests from family and friends.
"I got about 50 [requests] but we only got 15 [tickets] so I had a lot of unhappy family and friends," Givens said. "It got to the point last week where I just had to turn my phone off."

David Lamar Givens was born in Youngstown, Ohio on Aug. 16, 1980 ... David's brother, Jesse, played football at Yale ...Rated the 53rd best player nationally by the Chicago Sun-Times and 59th best player by The Sporting News at Humble (Tex.) High ... Rated one of top 100 players nationally by Dallas Morning News ... Earned three letters in football while playing eight different positions ... Captain of team as a senior ... Split time during the 1997 season between wide receiver (13 catches for 255 yards and four touchdowns), quarterback (21 of 52 for 337 yards and two touchdowns) and running back (71 carries for 331 yards and four touchdowns) ... Helped his team to a 9-2 record and second-straight district championship ... Compiled 1,448 all-purpose yards as junior (465 yards and five scores rushing, 18 catches for 253 and three touchdowns, six of seven passing for 136 and two touchdowns, 317 kick return yards and 245 punt return yards) ... Two-time all-state, all-city and all-league pick ... Earned four letters in track (sprint and weight events) and earned team MVP honors as senior ... Majored in design at Notre Dame.
2002 (12/0): Givens collected nine receptions for 92 yards (10.2 avg.), including a four-yard touchdown pass vs. Green Bay (10/13) while playing in 12 games during his rookie season ... Also recorded five solo special teams tackles. Miami (10/6): Led the team with two special teams tackles (2 solos). Green Bay (10/13): Snared his first professional touchdown reception, a four-yard pass from Tom Brady in the fourth quarter ... Made his first NFL reception earlier in the game, grabbing an eight-yard pass from Brady. Buffalo (11/3): Drew a 24-yard pass interference penalty that resulted in a field goal for the Patriots in their 38-7 win over the Bills. Chicago (11/10): Caught a pass for six yards on a Patriots touchdown drive in the fourth quarter of their 33-30, come-from-behind win over the Bears. Buffalo (12/8): Recorded the longest reception of his career, a leaping, 30-yard grab on third-and-12 in the Patriots' 27-17 win over the Bills. Miami (12/29): Snared a 13-yard grab in the final minute of the first half to help set up a field goal in the Patriots' come-from-behind, 27-24 overtime win over the Dolphins ... Drew a 30-yard pass interference penalty in the fourth quarter, bringing the Patriots inside the Miami five-yard line and setting up a Troy Brown touchdown grab two plays later to cut the deficit to just three points (24-21).
David Givens was drafted by the Patriots in the seventh round (253rd overall) of the 2002 NFL draft.
Career GP/GS: 11/0
Made his NFL debut at San Diego (9/29/2002).
Caught his first NFL touchdown pass against Green Bay (10/13/2002).
Recorded five solo special teams tackles.