He was born on November 10, 1986 in Lees Summit, MO. He graduated from Raymore-Peculiar High in Peculiar, MO. His father, Paul, played tight end for the Green Bay Packers (1978-85), Kansas City Chiefs (1986-87), and Minnesota Vikings (1988). As a freshman at Missouri, he started 1 of 12 games, catching 47 passes for 503 yards (10.7 avg) and 4 touchdowns As a sophomore, he started 6 of 13 games, catching 58 passes for 638 yards (11.0 avg). He also earned 1st team All-Big 12 honors, 2nd team Academic All-Big 12, and was a semi-finalist for the John Mackey Award, given to the nation's top tight end. As a junior, he started 1 of 12 games, catching 51 passes for 523 yards (10.3 avg) and 7 touchdowns. He earned 2nd team All-Big 12 honors and was again a John Mackey Award semi-finalist. As a senior, he started all 12 games he played in, with 90 catches for 987 yards (11.0 avg) and 10 touchdowns. That year, he earned 2nd team All-Big 12 honors, 1st team All-American, and won the John Mackey Award. He also was a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation's top receiver. He finished his career at Missouri as their all-time leader in receptions and receiving touchdowns, as well as the all-time NCAA leader in receptions for tight ends. He was originally drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the third round (98th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.
Signed by Cincinnati Bengals on July 28, 2009 ... Placed on injured reserve by the Bengals with an ankle injury on December 9, 2009 ... Cut by Bengals on September 4, 2010 ... Re-signed by Bengals on September 5, 2010 to their practice squad ... Signed by Bengals to their active roster on November 9, 2010 ... Cut by Bengals on September 4, 2011 ... Signed by Tampa Bay Buccaneers on March 7, 2012 ... Cut by Buccaneers on August 6, 2012 ... Signed by Atlanta Falcons on August 11, 2012 ... Cut by Falcons on August 24, 2012 .. Re-signed to Falcons practice squad on September 2, 2012 ... Signed by Falcons off their practice squad on November 13, 2012.