Anthony Fasano

BIO:
Anthony Fasano is entering his first season as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, his 8thth season overall in the NFL. Fasano spent the last five seasons (2008-12) as the starting tight end for the Miami Dolphins after spending his first two years in the league as a member of the Dallas Cowboys where he was selected in the 2nd Round of the 2006 NFL Draft. Fasano has been incredibly reliable and consistent starting every game he’s played in the last five years, only missing 4 games due to injury. In addition, in each of his four seasons in Miami he has either led the team or been second in receiving touchdowns.

Fasano played collegiately at Notre Dame where he ranks second in both receptions (92) and receiving yards (1,112) for a Tight End in school history. In 2005 he was the recipient of the Nick Pietrosante Award, given each year to the Notre Dame football player who best exemplifies the qualities of courage, loyalty, teamwork, dedication and pride.

As proud as Fasano is of his on field accomplishments, it’s the work that he does off the field and in the community that truly motivates and inspires him. In 2008 he started the Anthony Fasano Foundation in an effort to facilitate his philanthropic interests.

Throughout the year, the Anthony Fasano Foundation fills the calendar with events that support families in need. In May of 2013, Anthony hosted his 6th Annual Golf Classic benefitting the REED Academy, a school in NJ serving children with Autism. In July of 2013, he will be hosted his 5th Annual Bocce Bash, which benefits “Rebuilding Together: Veterans Housing.” Since its inception, the Foundation has partnered with Feed The Children to provide over 3,000 families struggling with poverty with the food and personal care items they so desperately need.

In November of 2011, Fasano hosted his first major event in Miami, as he organized The Anthony Fasano Foundation Presents Tracy Morgan Live. This star studded charity comedy event was for the benefit of “Rebuilding Together: Veterans Housing.” Fasano had always wanted to do an event that helps military families and he was honored to partner with Rebuilding Together who provides home repair services for retired and active service members by increasing the home’s accessibility, enabling veterans to live independently and safely in their own homes.

YEAR by YEAR:
MIAMI (2008-12): Started all 76 games he appeared in and was inactive in four contests for the Dolphins, recording 177 receptions for 2,104 yards (11.9 avg.) with 23 touchdowns … Started one postseason contest

2012: Started all 16 games, registering a career-high 41 receptions for 332 yards (8.1 avg.) with five touchdowns.

2011: Started 15 games and was inactive for one contest, finishing with 32 receptions for 451 yards (14.1 avg.) with five touchdowns … Was inactive at New England (12/24) with a head injury sustained at Buffalo (12/18).

2010: Started 15 games and was inactive for one game, recording 39 catches for 528 yards (13.5 avg.) with four touchdown receptions, ranking second on the team … Was inactive at New England (1/2/11) with a knee injury.

2009: Started 14 games and was inactive in two contests, totaling 31 receptions for 339 yards (10.9 avg.) with two touchdowns … Was inactive vs. Tampa Bay (11/15) and at Carolina (11/19) with a hip injury.

2008: Started all 16 games, recording 34 catches for 454 yards and a team-high seven touchdown receptions … Started an AFC Wild Card game vs. Baltimore (1/4/09).

DALLAS (2006-07): Played in 32 games (11 starts) for the Cowboys, posting 28 receptions for 269 yards (9.6 avg.) with one touchdown … Played in two postseason contests, recording one reception for five yards.

2007: Played in 16 games (six starts), catching 14 passes for 143 yards (10.2 avg.) with one touchdown … Started NFC Divisional Playoff game vs. the New York Giants (1/13/08), recording one reception for five yards.

2006: Appeared in 16 games (five starts), registering 14 receptions for 126 yards (9.0 avg.) … Played in a NFC Wild Card game at Seattle (1/6/07).

COLLEGE:
Played in 34 games (24 starts) in three years at Notre Dame (2003-05), tallying 92 receptions for 1,112 yards (12.9 avg.) and eight touchdowns … At the time of his departure, he tranked second among tight ends on the school’s all-time list for both receptions and receiving yards … Started all 12 games as a senior in 2005, compiling a career-high 47 receptions and 576 yards (12.3 avg.) with two touchdowns … Was one of three finalists for the John Mackey Award as college football’s top tight end in his senior season … Played in 11 games (nine starts) as a junior in 2003, recording 27 receptions for 367 yards (13.6 avg.) with four touchdowns … Appeared in 11 games (three starts) in 2003 as a sophomore, contributing 18 receptions for 169 yards (9.4 avg.) with two touchdowns … Did not play as a freshman in 2002 … Graduated with a degree in marketing from Notre Dame.

PERSONAL:
• Four-year letterman and two-year captain at Verona High School in Verona, N.J., as a tight end and defensive lineman/linebacker.
• Caught 78 passes for 1,460 yards and 23 touchdowns as a senior in 2001, helping guide the school to the state title among Group 1 school.
• Finished his career with a county record 42 touchdown receptions.
• Also lettered in basketball and was team captain his final two years.
• Was a two-time all-state selection in track and won the New Jersey Group 1 state championship in the javelin in his first year competing in the event.
• Also played baseball at Verona High School.
• Established the Anthony Fasano Foundation in 2007 to serve underprivileged youth in New Jersey.
• Full name: Anthony Joseph Fasano.