Jeff Kinney (American football)
|No. 35, 31, 36|
|Date of birth:||November 1, 1949|
|Place of birth:||Oxford, Nebraska|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||215 lb (98 kg)|
|High school:||McCook (NE)|
|NFL Draft:||1972 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23|
|Career highlights and awards|
2× National champions (1970, 1971)
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at PFR|
Jeffrey Bruce "Jeff" Kinney (born November 1, 1949) is a former American football player. He played professional as a running back for the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills for five seasons in the National Football League (NFL). At 6'2" and 215 lb., Kinney was selected by the Chiefs in the first round of the 1972 NFL Draft with the 23rd overall pick. He is an alumnus of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
He played college football at Nebraska under head coach Bob Devaney, with future head coach Tom Osborne as offensive coordinator. A three-year starter (1969–71), Kinney was the tailback (I-back) on the national championship teams of 1970 and 1971, and the Huskers' leading rusher in 1969 and 1971. He wore #35, often in a tatters, as tear-away jerseys were common for collegiate offensive backs in the early 1970s.
In the "Game of the Century" against the unbeaten Oklahoma Sooners in Norman on Thanksgiving Day 1971, Kinney rushed for 171 yards, 151 in the second half, on 31 carries (5.5 avg.) and scored four touchdowns, the final one with less than two minutes remaining to put Nebraska ahead 35–31, the final score.
The Huskers went 13–0 in 1971 and were consensus national champions; they defeated the next three teams in the final AP poll: Oklahoma, Colorado (31–7 in Lincoln), and Alabama (38–6 in the Orange Bowl). The 1971 Nebraska Cornhuskers are considered among the most dominant teams in college football history. Kinney finished the 1971 season with 1155 yards rushing on 242 carries (4.8 avg.) and 17 touchdowns.
Kinney was the second of three Nebraska Cornhuskers selected in the first round of the 1972 NFL draft; QB Jerry Tagge was taken 11th by his hometown team, the Green Bay Packers, and DT Larry Jacobson was selected by the New York Giants with the 24th overall pick, immediately after.
At the start of his fifth season in the NFL in 1976, he was released by the Chiefs after the first game and picked up by the Buffalo Bills in mid-September. Kinney was picked up to replace the injured Jim Braxton as the blocking back for O. J. Simpson. A few weeks after being waived, Kinney gained 114 yards against the Chiefs.
Kinney was waived by the Bills in August 1977, and retired. After football, he worked in financial services.
- You Tube – 1969 at Oklahoma, Kinney runs, passes, and catches for TDs
- You Tube – 1971 (Jan.) Orange Bowl vs. LSU – NBC Sports – national championship scoring drive
- You Tube – 1971 at Oklahoma – ABC Sports – broadcast highlights
- Jeff Kinney at Pro Football Reference
- Jeff Kinney at Database Football
- Teter, Herb (October 13, 1997). "Jeff Kinney inducted into Hall of Fame". McCook Daily Gazette. Nebraska. p. 9.
- HuskerPedia.com - Jeff Kinney interview - 2004-07-02 - accessed 2009-11-09
- "Jeff Kinney was Nebraska spark". Wilmington Morning Star. North Carolina. UPI. November 26, 1971. p. 2D.
- "Nebraska's Kinney tramples Sooners". Sarasota Journal. Florida. Associated Press. November 26, 1971. p. 1D.
- "Huskers dump Sooners". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. November 26, 1971. p. 3B.
- HuskerPedia.com - NU @ OU 1971 - accessed 2009-11-06
- Huskerpedia.com - 1971 NU statistics - accessed 2009-11-06
- "Kinney: it's a business". Lawrence Journal-World. Kansas. Associated Press. September 16, 1976. p. 17.
- Chick, Bob (September 27, 1976). "Kinney: O.J.'s new bodyguard". St. Petersburg Independent. Florida. p. 3C.
- "O.J. is back! Bills hammer Chiefs, 50-17". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. October 4, 1976. p. 4, part 2.
- "Sports transactions". The Hour. Norwalk, Connecticut. September 1, 1977. p. 29.
- University of Nebraska Athletics – Jeff Kinney
- Career statistics and player information from NFL.com • Pro-Football-Reference • Databasefootball.com