A welcome shot of positivity was given to CardNation this afternoon when it was announced that a Louisville Football hero was returning to the program. Former Wide Receiver and Super Bowl Champion and MVP will be on the staff. He will be named the Director of Player Development. The Georgia native loves the University and is a natural fit. I will update the story shortly after I speak with Deion. Stay tuned…
I told Deion I was proud of him and asked what he would be doing and what the job means to him.
“Truly preciate that fam 🙏🏾🙏🏾 and I’ll be the Director of Player Development and Alumni Relation. Having the opportunity to go back to the place where Deion Branch went from a young adult to becoming a Grown Man is everything to me and now it’s time to give everything I know back to the kids!!! Truly a Blessing”
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Former University of Louisville and National Football League wide receiver Deion Branch will be named the Director of Player Development at his alma mater, head coach Scott Satterfield announced.
“To have one of the greatest wide receivers to ever play at Louisville and a former Super Bowl Most Valuable Player join our staff, is a great addition to our football program,” Satterfield said. “He is a recognizable name here at Louisville – one that our players can look up too. We are excited to welcome back Deion to his alma mater.”
Branch, who’s No. 9 jersey is one of UofL’s Honored Jerseys, played for the Cardinals from 2000-01. In those two seasons, Branch’s numbers rank up there with some of the finest wide receivers in school history. He totaled 143 passes for 2,204 yards and 18 touchdowns. He stands seventh all-time in receiving yards with 2,204, ninth with 143 receptions and tied for fourth with 18 touchdowns.
Coming from Jones County Junior College, Branch registered his best season in 2001 when he caught 72 passes for 1,188 (fifth-best in school history) and nine scores to earn first team All-Conference USA honors. That season, Branch record seven 100-yard games, including a nine-catch, 174-yard performance versus Illinois.
The previous season, Branch earned first-team all-league honors for the second-straight year after catching 71 passes for 1,016 yards and nine scores. He caught eight passes for 194 yards (sixth-most in school history) and a score versus Cincinnati.
After helping the Cardinals win two C-USA Championships, Branch was selected in the second round of the 2002 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots.
Branch played 12 seasons in the NFL — seven with the New England Patriots and five with the Seattle Seahawks. He totaled 518 receptions for 6,644 yards and 39 touchdowns in 12 seasons, with his best year came in 2005 when he totaled 78 receptions for 998 yards and five scores with the Patriots.
While with the Patriots, Branch was named the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XXXIX, after tying former San Francisco 49ers 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 receiver to win the award since 1989 when Jerry Rice had his 11-catch game.
A native of Albany, Ga., Branch made his name in the post-season, totaling 21 receptions in two Super Bowls (XXXVIII, XXXIX). He recorded a game-high 10 receptions for 143 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots’ 32-29 Super Bowl XXXVIII victory over the Carolina Panthers. He was named the Super Bowl MVP after tying a Super Bowl record with 11 receptions in the Patriots’ 24-21 victory over the Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX.