Jermichael Finley (born March 26, 1987 in Lufkin, Texas) is the starting tight end for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. He was drafted out of the University of Texas by the Packers in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft.
Finley played his college football at the University of Texas under head coach Mack Brown. On January 8, 2008, Finley announced he would forgo his junior and senior seasons of eligibility to enter the NFL by declaring himself eligible for the 2008 NFL Draft.
Finley was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He battled Tory Humphrey in training camp to be the Packers' No. 2 tight end, but would later go on to win the battle with incumbent veteran, Donald Lee, for the starting tight end position.
Finley had a breakout season in 2009, totaling his first 100-yard game in an October 5th matchup against the Minnesota Vikings while finishing the latter half of the season leading the team in targets. On January 10, 2010, Finley posted a historic performance in the Packer's playoff bout with the Arizona Cardinals, catching six passes for 159 yards, the second most yards amassed by a tight end in playoff history behind Kellen Winslow's performance in The Epic in Miami.
With his height advantage and great hands, Finley is expected to become one of the premiere receiving tight ends in the NFL in the upcoming seasons. In the 2010 season, Finley led the Packers in receiving in two of the first three games, but suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 5 against the Washington Redskins when attempting a tackle after back-up tight end Donald Lee fumbled the ball away. He was placed on injured reserve by the Packers on October 18.