At 32 years old, Jared Abbrederis has this physical status:
At the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Abbrederis joined the Wisconsin Badgers football team as a walk-on spread quarterback on the scout team in 2009.
In 2010, Abbrederis earned his first letter while playing in all 13 games and starting two games. He finished the season tied for second on the team in touchdown receptions (3), fourth in receiving yards (289), and fifth in receptions (20). He had a personal best 79 receiving yards, including a career-long 74-yard touchdown catch, on two receptions and returned one kickoff for 52 yards against Indiana on November 13, 2010. After the season, Abbrederis was named to Rivals.com's Freshman All-Big Ten Team.
Abbrederis earned his second letter, starting all 14 games at wide receiver. He finished the season ranked third in the country with an average of 15.8 yards per punt return, second-best in a single season in Wisconsin history (minimum 15 returns). He led the team with 933 receiving yards, the fifth-most in school history and most by a sophomore. His eight receiving touchdowns were second on the team and tied for the fifth-most in one season at Wisconsin. His 55 receptions ranked second on the team and seventh-most in school history. He finished second in the Big Ten and 13th nationally with 1,999 all-purpose yards.
He recorded a 60-yard punt return touchdown against Indiana on October 15, 2011. On October 22, 2011, in a 37-31 loss to Michigan State, Abbrederis played as the third safety on the final play of the game to defend a Hail Mary pass by Michigan State's Kirk Cousins. However, with the game tied and no time left, Abbrederis mistimed his jump on the pass defense, and the ball deflected off another player before landing into the hands of Michigan State's Keith Nichol for a touchdown. The game officials initially ruled Nichol's catch short of the end zone but ruled Nichol's catch a touchdown after reviewing a replay. His 348 all-purpose yards in the Rose Bowl vs. Oregon was a Rose Bowl record until Stanford's Christian McCaffrey broke his record in the 2016 Rose Bowl.
Following the 2011 season, Abbrederis was named an honorable mention All-American punt returner by SI.com. In January 2012, Abbrederis earned an athletic scholarship from the university.
Abbrederis scored two touchdowns on September 1, 2012, against Northern Iowa. He had a career-high 147 receiving yards on September 22, 2012, against UTEP. Following the season, Abbrederis was named consensus first-team All-Big Ten.
In 2013, Abbrederis was named to the preseason watch lists for the Fred Biletnikoff Award, Paul Hornung Award, and first-team All-Big Ten by Athlon Sports, Phil Steele and Sporting News. He recorded two catches for 122 yards and two touchdowns on August 31, 2013, against UMass. He caught eight passes for 62 yards and a touchdown against Tennessee Tech on September 7, 2013. During a Wisconsin vs. Ohio State game he caught 10 passes for 207 yards against future 2014 NFL 1st round draft pick, cornerback Bradley Roby. On November 26, 2013, it was announced that Abbrederis was one of three finalists for the Burlsworth Trophy, which recognizes student-athletes who began their college football career as a walk-on. He was named the Burlsworth Trophy winner on December 9, 2013. He finished his collegiate career tied for the Badgers' all-time receptions record.
After the end of the 2013 season, Abbrederis was invited to and trained for the 2014 Senior Bowl. However, he injured his hamstring in practice and was pulled out of the game.
Abbrederis was selected in the fifth round (176th overall) by the Green Bay Packers in the 2014 NFL Draft. He became the first Badgers player drafted by the Packers since offensive lineman Bill Ferrario was selected in the fourth round in 2001. After being drafted by the Packers, Abbrederis stated, "Just being a walk-on at Wisconsin and then being able to have my dream to play in the NFL on the Packers, which is my team growing up. That's who I rooted for, so I'm excited." He was also the first Badgers player drafted by Packers general manager, Ted Thompson. Regarding the pick, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said, "It's nice to come up here and say, 'about time we finally drafted one," and "There's been a number (of Badgers players) over the years we felt we were going to draft. It's great.".
Four days after being selected by the Packers in the draft, Abbrederis signed a four-year contract worth $2.364 million deal, including $144,560 signing bonus.
In August, Abbrederis tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right leg, requiring surgery; this injury sidelined him for the entire 2014 season.
During the Packers' first practice of 2015 training camp, Abbrederis suffered a concussion. He returned to practice before the last preseason game against the New Orleans Saints. Against the Saints, Abbrederis caught one pass for six yards on 62 offensive snaps. On September 5, 2015, he was released by the Packers during final team cuts. Abbrederis was signed to the Packers' practice squad two days later. On October 3, 2015, he was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster. He recorded his first NFL reception, a 15-yard catch on third-and-one against the Detroit Lions in Week 10. He finished the game with four receptions for 57 yards before suffering a rib injury on a 32-yard catch in the fourth quarter. Coach Mike McCarthy announced that Abbrederis would miss "several weeks" with the injury. He was out the next two weeks until making his return against the Lions in Week 13. He recorded one reception for 16 yards.
Abbrederis caught his first pass of the 2016 season in Week 1, an eight-yard reception against the Jacksonville Jaguars. On October 24, 2016, he was placed on injured reserve. Abbrederis was waived by the Packers after reaching an injury settlement on October 27, 2016.
On January 9, 2017, Abbrederis signed a reserve/future contract with the Detroit Lions. Abbrederis played in 7 games for the Lions in 2017, recording 3 receptions before being waived on November 14, 2017.
On January 5, 2018, Abbrederis announced his retirement from the NFL.