Who Is...Spencer Havner?

Adam LindemerSenior Analyst INovember 1, 2009

Unless your a fan of the NFL's Green Bay Packers or the UCLA Bruins of college football, you might not know who Spencer Havner is...until now.

Havner has made a little bit of a name for himself in the NFL, as he caught two, yes two, touchdowns passes from Aaron Rodgers, in the biggest game of the year for them.

Granted, Green Bay lost 38-26 against the Minneota Vikings Sunday afternoon in Brett Favre's return to Titletown, but Havner showed fans that he could play a big role in the offense down the stretch.

Havner hasn't played a big role on a team since his days at UCLA, where he was a linebacker.

That's right, he's used to knocking down the guy who has the ball, rather than trying to catch it.

As a member of the Bruins from 2002-05, Havner made himself known right away as a freshman by starting all 13 games, getting 96 tackles and three interceptions, two of which were returned for scores.

He was named as one of the two team captains during his junior year, and responded by getting 125 tackles in 11 games. He was also a semifinalist for the Butkus and Rotary Lombardi Awards.

As a senior, he was a second team All-Conference member, and again was a semifinalist for the Butkus, Lombardi, and Bednarik Awards as the nation's top defender. He finished his Bruins career with 402 tackles.

In the NFL it took Havner a little longer to get recognized, as he went undrafted in 2006.

The Washington Redskins signed him shortly after the draft, but released him before the 2006 season.

During the middle of that '06 season, Havner was signed by the Green Bay Packers to be a member of their practice squad.

The Packers released him before the 2008 season, but resigned him in mid-October and activated him in December because they heard that the Chicago Bears were interested in him.

Before the 2009 season, Havner made the transition to the tight end position, with more of a necessity there for the Packers than at linebacker.

If Havner made the team though, it would be as a player on special teams, and make it he did. With Green Bay hurting at the tight end spot recently, coaches decided to throw Havner into the mix last week against Cleveland.

There, he caught two passes for 59 yards including his first touchdown, on a 45-yard scamper after the catch. He would then make the tackle on the ensuing kickoff.

Using that performance, Havner then exploded onto the scene against Minnesota, in which after both scores, he quickly made his way towards the stands for the famous Lambeau Leap.

Havner has just six catches for 110 yards this season, but three have been for touchdowns.

With Green Bay's No. 1 tight end Jermichael Finley still suffering from a knee injury, and Donald Lee not quite starter material, look for Havner to get several more catches and find the end zone a few more times for the Packers this year.