March 31, 2003
Brown senior wide receiver Chas Gessner took a major step towards being drafted in the upcoming NFL Draft, following his first NFL Combine held at Brown on March 25, 2003.
Five NFL teams attended and measured Gessner at 6-4 1/2, 214 pounds, and most importantly, timed him between 4.51 and 4.53 in the 40. Gessner is working with sports agent Art Weiss, who also represents the New York Jets' Wayne Crebet,
A two-time Payton Award finalist as the nation's top I-AA player, Gessner led the nation with 11.4 receptions per game in 2002, finishing with 114 receptions, third best in NCAA I-AA history, behind Brown's Stephen Campbell (120) and URI's Brian Forester (115).
Gessner's average of 11.4 receptions per game is also third in I-AA history, while his 292 career receptions are 4th in NCAA I-AA history, second in the Ivy League record book. His 36 career touchdown receptions are second best in Ivy football history and 10th in NCAA I-AA history. Gessner completed his career with 3,408 career receiving yards, 18th in I-AA history
Gessner also tied the 19-year old NCAA I-AA record of 24 receptions against Rhode Island, a record held by legendary NFL wide receiver Jerry Rice.