Jan. 2, 2003
The post-season honors continue to pile up for Brown senior wide receiver Chas Gessner. This time, Gessner has been named a second team All-American by The Sports Network, just one week after being selected an Associated Press second team All-American.
Gessner, who led the nation in receiving, recently placed sixth in the voting for the Walter Payton Award, presented annually to the nation's top I-AA player. Gessner's sixth place finish is the highest finish ever for a Brown football player. He was also a finalist for the Walter Payton Award in 2001.
Gessner led the nation with 11.4 receptions per game, completing the 2002 season with 114 receptions, third best in NCAA I-AA history, behind Brown's Stephen Campbell (120) and URI's Brian Forester (115).
A first team All-Ivy, ECAC and All-New England selection, Gessner tied an NCAA I-AA record with 24 receptions (207 yards, 2 touchdowns) against Rhode Island, a record held by Oakland Raiders wide receiver Jerry Rice, who caught 24 passes for Mississippi Valley State against Southern University in 1983. He was named the National I-AA Offensive Player of the Week by The Sports Network, the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week, and the New England Football Writers Gold Helmet Award Winner.
Gessner made a dent in the NCAA record book with his outstanding season and career. His average of 11.4 receptions per game ranks third in I-AA history, and his 292 career receptions are 4th in NCAA I-AA history, and second in the Ivy League record book. Gessner's 36 career touchdown receptions are second best in Ivy football history and 10th in NCAA I-AA history. He completed his distinguished career with 3,408 all-time receiving yards, 18th best in I-AA history.