Bruiser Kinard

Bruiser Kinard
Position: Tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1914-10-23)October 23, 1914
Place of birth: Pelahatchie, Mississippi
Date of death: September 7, 1985(1985-09-07) (aged 70)
Place of death: Jackson, Mississippi
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 216 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school: Jackson (MS) Central
College: Ole Miss
NFL Draft: 1938 / Round: 3 / Pick: 18
Career history
As player:
As coach:
As administrator:
  • Ole Miss (1971–1973)
    Athletic director
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-AAFC (1945)
  • 6× First-team All-NFL (1938, 1940–1944)
  • NFL All-Star (1938–1942)
  • Second-team All-NFL (1939)
Player stats at PFR

Frank Manning "Bruiser" Kinard Sr. (October 23, 1914 – September 7, 1985)[1] was a professional American football player for the Brooklyn Dodgers/Tigers of the National Football League (NFL) and the New York Yankees of the All-America Football Conference (AAFC).[2] He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971. He played college football at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951.

Bruiser lettered for the Ole Miss Rebels from 1935 to 1937 and served as co-captain of the 1937 Ole Miss squad. While playing tackle, the Rebels compiled a record of 18–13–3 including a 9–3 record in 1936 which featured the school's first appearance in a bowl game, a 20–19 loss to Catholic University in the 1936 Orange Bowl. He was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection by the Associated Press and United Press in 1936 and 1937.[3][4][5] Kinard was the school's first All-American football player,[1] receiving first-team honors in 1936 by the All-America Board and International News Service (INS),[6][7] and in 1937 by the UPI, INS, Newspaper Enterprise Association, and The Sporting News.[8][9][10][11]

Kinard played in the 1938 Chicago All-Star game and was voted to the Southern Living South's Greatest Players Team. He was inducted into the Ole Miss Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986. He is a charter member of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, having been inducted in the inaugural class in 1961 along with Edwin Hale, Dudy Noble, and Stanley L. Robinson. He is also a member of the Helms Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame.

During his career as an outstanding tackle in the pro ranks, Kinard was a five-time All-Pro in his nine years of professional football. After his playing career, he joined Johnny Vaught's coaching staff at Ole Miss and served as an offensive line coach from 1948 to 1970. He later served as athletic director at Ole Miss, from 1971 until 1973. Kinard is a member of the Ole Miss Team of the Century (1893–1992).


  1. 1 2 "Bruiser Kinard Is Dead at 70; Headed Mississippi Sports". The New York Times. United Press International. September 9, 1985. Retrieved October 5, 2016.
  2. "Bruiser Kinard". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  3. Kenneth Gregory (December 3, 1936). "L.S.U. Places Seven Men On All--Southeastern Elevens". The Daily Times-News. p. 8. Retrieved May 26, 2015 via
  4. Dayton Moore (December 1, 1936). "Representative Pick Made in Southeastern". The Anniston Star. p. 8. Archived from the original on May 27, 2015. Retrieved May 26, 2015 via
  5. "Versatility, Great Power Represented". The Monroe News-Star. December 3, 1937. p. 10. Retrieved May 26, 2015 via
  6. ESPN College Football Encyclopedia. ESPN Books. 2005. p. 1169. ISBN 1401337031.
  7. "All-American For I.N.S. Service". Chester Times. 1936-12-01.
  8. "INS All-American Grid Selections". Waterloo Daily Courier. 1937-12-01.
  9. Harry Grayson (1937-11-24). "Routt of Texas Aggies Places on All-America Picked by Grid Experts". Brownsville Herald.
  10. ESPN College Football Encyclopedia. ESPN Books. 2005. p. 1171. ISBN 1401337031.
  11. Stuart Cameron (1937-12-01). "(UP Sports Editor)". Oshkosh Daily Northwestern.
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