Until 2010, Brian Finneran served as a wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons in the National Football League. Finneranentered the NFL in 1998 when he signed as a rookie free agent with the Seattle Seahawks. He came to the Falcons late in the 1999 season and has played with the team since.
In the 2010 season with the Falcons, Finneran played in all 16 regular-season games, but did not see the same receiving numbers as in his earlier seasons. He finished the year with 19 catches for 166 yards and three touchdowns. That was enough to help the Falcons finish the year with a 13-3 record and top the National Football Conference going into the 2010-11 NFL Playoffs.
Brian Joseph Finneran was born on January 31, 1976, in Mission Viejo, California. After high school, he played college football with the Villanova Wildcats. Finneran left the school holding school records at 265 receptions for 3,872 yards and 34 touchdowns. His senior year was his statistically best, including catching 96 passes for 1,389 yards and 19 touchdowns and winning the Walter Payton Award as the top offensive player in Division I-AA football. Finneran also had his jersey, number 25, retired by the school.
Off the field, Finneran is active with SafeKids, an organization that promotes helmet safety, and with the "Bee a Buckler" Safety Program, which promotes seat belt use, among other charities. He resides with his wife, Erin, and four children, Conor, Brynn, Keenan and Cullen.