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Deion Branch (born July 18, 1979 in Albany, Georgia) is an American football wide receiver who currently plays for the New England Patriots of the NFL. He was picked by New England in the second round of the 2002 NFL Draft and out of the University of Louisville. Branch was named the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XXXIX on February 6, 2005, after tying former San Francisco 49ers and current Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jerry Rice and former Cincinnati Bengals tight end Dan Ross for the Super Bowl receiving record with 11 catches.
In middle school, high school and college, Branch was often told he was too short at just 5'9" to be an NFL receiver, and due to this, he dropped from a sure first-round pick to a humble second-round pick. But after picking defensive end Ty Warren in the first round, the Pats apparently saw something special in him. And he did not disappoint, becoming quarterback Tom Brady's primary target and leading the team to two straight Super Bowls and counting.
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