Jeff Wilner is the first
Wesleyan graduate to play for an NFL team, signing with the Green Bay Packers in
April, 1994, as a free agent. Making the squad as a rookie, the former all-NESCAC
selection played in 11 regular-season contests in 1994 as a tight end but saw a
majority of his action on special teams. He opened the 1995 campaign as a
Packer but was traded midway through the preseason to the New England Patriots.
He was waived by the Patriots before the start of the regular season, later to
be reclaimed by the Packers. Green Bay again released Jeff but he was picked
up by the Denver Broncos before the end of the 1995 season and closed out the
year as their property. Jeff made it through two preseason games with the
Broncos in 1996 but was released in August. Though out of football during the
1996 season, Jeff still was drafted by the Barcelona Dragons of the WFL during
the spring of 1997 but was unable to play due to injury. Jeff currently
works as an institutional credit product salesperson for a US investment bank
New York City.