Wisconsin's Packers and Bucks Enter a New "Jenn"eration
The state of Wisconsin is staying on the sports map, and the two guys helping to keep it there just happen to share the same last name.
Though Greg and Brandon Jennings aren't related, they both have been proving the "experts" wrong; Brandon has just done it much faster.
Coming out of Western Michigan, Greg Jennings was a mid-second round selection by the Green Bay Packers in the 2006 NFL Draft.
Some questioned the pick because they believed Jennings was too small (5'10"), too slow, and lacked experience against top-notch cornerbacks.
Jennings answered those questions by putting up some pretty impressive numbers in three-and-a-half seasons.
His stats to date are 259 catches for 4,056 yards and 29 touchdowns. Last year was his first 1,000-yard season, but more are sure to follow.
Jennings is also one of the best YAC men (yards after catch) in the entire league, making him that much more of a weapon against opposing defenses.
Greg Jennings is quickly becoming an elite receiver in the NFL, and he doesn't care who is throwing him the ball any more.
Whether it's Brett Favre or Aaron Rodgers, Jennings is certain to make something happen.
Like Greg, Brandon Jennings took a lot of flack from the "experts" for bypassing the college game to play in Europe for a year.
I was intrigued by the decision but non-judgmental.
When the 2009 draft day arrived, Jennings returned to the States wanting to make an impact in the NBA, but nine teams passed up the youngster.
The Milwaukee Bucks told Jennings that if he was available at No. 10, they would take him.
Again, many questioned the pick, saying he was immature, his jump shot was absolutely terrible, and his attitude would be tough to work with.
From what I've seen from his so far as a rookie, Jennings has a pretty good jumper, and his attitude shows that he wants to win.
Perhaps the lack of playing time in Italy humbled him and taught him more about basketball. He learned to shut his mouth and play.
Jennings not only has the state of Wisconsin buzzing but also the entire NBA. They all want to know what he will do when he steps on the court.
He's averaging 25.3 points per game in Milwaukee (8-3) and has scored double figures in all but one game, to going along with his 5.5 assists per game.
The Bucks have slowly been dying in NBA, but Jennings has re-energized them.
His swagger, even as a rookie, is comparable to his city sportsmate Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers. It's not an arrogant confidence, but more of a "Let me prove it to you" attitude.
The Jennings are guaranteed to stay here in Wisconsin a few more years, which makes me glad that I continued to stand behind the Packers and Bucks, no matter how poorly they may have been playing.
It's a new generation for Wisconsin sports fans.
The Green Bay Packers are moving swiftly in the post-Favre "Jenn"eration, while the Milwaukee Bucks have just simply entered a new "Jenn"eration of basketball.
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