He was born on April 27, 1991 and attended Menominee (MI) High School. As a redshirt freshman at Wisconsin, he started 4 of 13 games and caught 8 passes for 132 yards (16.5 avg) and 2 touchdowns. He also added 16 tackles on special teams. As a sophomore, he started 7 of 14 games and caught 30 passes for 356 yards (11.9 avg) and 8 touchdowns. He also earned second team All-Big Ten honors that year. As a junior, he started 10 of 14 games, catching 27 passes for 355 yards (13.1 avg) and 4 touchdowns on his way to earn All-Big Ten honorable mention honors. As a senior, he started all 12 games with 39 catches, 541 yards (14.3 avg) and 3 scores. He would again be named All-Big Ten honorable mention as he finished his career as the school's career-leader among tight ends with touchdowns. He was originally signed by the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent following the 2014 NFL Draft.
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Signed by Atlanta Falcons on May 12, 2014.
Signed a three-year deal with Falcons in 2014.