Experienced tight end and powerful blocker… Played in 115 games with 22 starts, including four postseason appearances, in seven seasons with the Chicago Bears and Buccaneers… Career numbers include 39 receptions for 364 yards and four touchdowns… Also has eight kickoff returns for 67 yards and 34 special teams tackles… Appeared in his 100th career game at Atlanta (12/14/08)… Signed with Tampa Bay on March 2, 2008… Signed with Chicago on March 17, 2006… Re-signed with Chicago on April 6, 2005… Signed by Chicago on September 2, 2002… Waived by New Orleans on August 30, 2002… Originally entered the league as a sixth-round pick (196th overall) by New Orleans in the 2002 NFL Draft.
2009: Played in 13 games (all but vs. Dallas, at Buffalo and at Seattle) with two starts (at Miami and vs. New Orleans)… Inactive for season opener against Dallas (9/13) because of ankle injury… Inactive at Buffalo (9/20) because of injury… Saw first action of season against N.Y. Giants (9/27)… Played at Washington (10/4) and had one special teams tackle… Had one reception for nine yards at Philadelphia (10/11)… Saw action at tight end and on special teams against Carolina (10/18), against New England (10/25) and against Green Bay (11/8)… Started at tight end at Miami (11/15)… Started against New Orleans (11/22) as Tampa Bay opened in two tight end set… Saw action at Atlanta (11/29) and at Carolina (12/6)… Had one catch for five yards against N.Y. Jets (12/13)… Inactive at Seattle (12/20) because of injury… Saw action at New Orleans (12/27)… Had one catch for nine yards against Atlanta (1/3).
2008: Played in all 16 games with 10 starts (all but at New Orleans, vs. Green Bay, vs. Carolina, at Kansas City, at Atlanta and vs. San Diego) for Tampa Bay and set a career-high with 15 receptions for a career-high 147 yards and one touchdown… Also had three tackles on special teams… Saw reserve action at tight end and on special teams at New Orleans (9/7)… Also notched one tackle on special teams… Started at tight end vs. Atlanta (9/14) and had two receptions for a career-best 41 yards and a five-yard touchdown… Recorded a career-long 36-yard reception in the fourth quarter… Also recorded one special teams tackle… Started at tight end at Chicago (9/21) and registered one reception for three yards… Saw reserve action vs. Green Bay (9/28) and had one reception for nine yards… Started at tight end at Denver (10/5)… Saw reserve action vs. Carolina (10/12) and had one reception for seven yards… Started at tight end vs. Seattle (10/19) and had two receptions for 20 yards… Started at tight end at Dallas (10/26)… Saw reserve action at Kansas City (11/2) and had a career-high four receptions for 40 yards… Started at tight end vs. Minnesota (11/16) and had one reception for four yards… Started at tight end at Detroit (11/23)… Started at tight end vs. New Orleans (11/30) and had one reception for six yards… Started at tight end at Carolina (12/8) and had one reception for five yards… Also had one kickoff return for 12 yards… Appeared in his 100th career game at Atlanta (12/14) and had one reception for 12 yards… Saw reserve action vs. San Diego (12/21)… Started at tight end vs. Oakland (12/28) and had one special teams tackle.
2007: Saw action in 15 games with one start (at Philadelphia) as a member of the Chicago Bears… Had three receptions for 14 yards and five special teams tackles… Member of tight end trio that finished with a combined 86 catches for 950 yards, setting a single-season franchise record for receptions by tight ends.
2006: Played in all 16 games with three starts, and appeared in three playoff contests including Super Bowl XLI, as a member of the Chicago Bears… A key member of kickoff return unit that finished ninth overall in the NFL (23.3 yards per return)… Collected six receptions for 38 yards and two touchdowns… Had one reception for three yards and returned two kickoffs for 12 yards in the postseason… Also had two special teams tackles… Caught two passes for eight yards and a career-high two touchdowns vs. Detroit (9/17).
2005: Played in all 16 regular season games and one playoff contest as a member of the Chicago Bears… Caught one pass for one yard and one touchdown and added five special teams tackles… Caught first-career touchdown, a one-yard catch, at Tampa Bay (11/27).
2004: Played in all 16 games with one start as a member of the Chicago Bears… Ranked third on the team with a career-high 15 special teams tackles… Also caught one pass for 11 yards.
2003: Played in 15 games with one start as a member of the Chicago Bears… Totaled three special teams tackles and returned three kickoffs for 25 yards.
2002: Spent training camp with New Orleans before being released on August 30… Signed by Chicago on September 2… Saw action in eight games with four starts as a member of the Bears… Set career-highs for receptions (10) and receiving yards (130)… Started first career game at Miami (12/9) and caught 2 passes for 24 yards.
Four-year letterman at Penn State (1998-2001)… Totaled 58 career catches for 634 yards and three touchdowns… Honorable mention All-Big Ten selection as a senior after setting career-highs with 25 receptions for 284 yards in 10 starts… Received the Hall Foundation Award as the Nittany Lions' outstanding senior… Caught 10 passes for 82 yards and two touchdowns in eight games as a junior… Appeared in every game as a sophomore catching 22 passes for 259 yards and one touchdown… Caught one pass for six yards in limited action as redshirt freshman… Graduated in 2001 with a degree in recreation and park management.
Married to Rebecca, and the couple has one son, Grayson James… Along with teammates Phillip Buchanon, Andrew Economos, Adam Hayward and Elbert Mack, led children through the HOPSports Training System at the Interbay Boys & Girls Club during Hometown Huddle in October 2008… Participated in the Buccaneers’ 2008 Halloween Celebration at the Lowry Park Zoo, enjoying arts, crafts and rides with children from local non-profit organizations…Named Associated Press first-team big school all-state and first-team all-county as a senior at Wilson (West Lawn, PA) High School… Played in Big-33 Classic as the 1996 Wilson Male Athlete-of-the-Year while catching 33 passes for 667 yards, including all eight of his prep touchdowns, and adding 79 tackles and six sacks as a linebacker… Caught 53 passes for 992 yards and eight touchdowns while just playing football his final two years of high school… Also an all-state javelin thrower… Born John H. Gilmore, Jr. on September 21, 1979 in Marquette, Michigan.