Keith Jennings (American football)

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Keith Jennings
No. 84, 85
Position: Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1966-05-19) May 19, 1966
Place of birth: Summerville, South Carolina
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 262 lb (119 kg)
Career information
High school: Summerville (SC)
College: Clemson
NFL Draft: 1989 / Round: 5 / Pick: 113
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Games: 92
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Keith O'Neal Jennings (born May 19, 1966) is a former American football tight end in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and the Chicago Bears. He played college football at Clemson University.

Early years

Jennings attended Summerville High School, where he was a high school All-American and an All-State wide receiver, while helping his team win 3 Division I-AAAA state championships. He accepted a scholarship from Clemson University, where he became a starter at wide receiver as a junior, registering 31 receptions for 475 yards.

As a senior, he posted 30 receptions for 397 yards and one touchdown. He finished his career with 78 receptions for 1,117 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Professional career

Dallas Cowboys

Jennings was selected in the fifth round (113th overall) of the 1989 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys, with the intention of converting him into a tight end, even though he didn't have any previous experience at that position. He was released on September 4 and signed to the practice squad.[1] He was later promoted to the active roster and appeared in 10 games. He was waived injured on September 2, 1990.[2]

Denver Broncos

On July 3, 1991, he was signed as a free agent by the Denver Broncos.[3] He was released on August 26, 1991.[4]

Montreal Machine (WLAF)

In 1991, he played for the Montreal Machine of the World League of American Football.[5]

Chicago Bears

On October 18, 1991, Jennings was signed as a free agent to replace Cap Boso who had suffered a career-ending knee injury. With the Chicago Bears he developed into a blocking tight end and by his second season, he was named the starter in place of James Thornton, who was placed on the injured reserve list.

He was released on August 28, 1994 and later re-signed on October 24, after starter Chris Gedney was lost for the season.[6]

In 1995, he recorded the most touchdowns by a Bears tight end (6) since Mike Ditka's finished with 8 in 1963. The following season he was placed on the injured reserve list with a broken left leg, after the sixth game of the season. He was waived injured on December 10, 1997.[7]

Detroit Lions

On August 4, 1998, he signed with the Detroit Lions,[8] before being waived on August 30.[9]

Las Vegas Outlaws (XFL)

With the Las Vegas Outlaws, he served as a reserve tight end during the 2001 season.[10]

Personal life

His older brother Stanford Jennings played for the Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL.[11]


  1. "Aikman, Dallas `Silent' About Saints". Retrieved January 25, 2016.
  2. "Dallas Down To Final 47 Shepard, Flagler Cut". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  3. "Wednesday's Moves". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  4. "Transactions". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  5. "WLAF". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  6. "Gedney Out For The Season". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  7. "Jennings On Way Out". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  8. "Lions sign veteran tight end Jennings". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  9. "Vet Jennings among 7 cut by Lions to reach 53 goal". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  10. "Former Bear Jennings Back Home --in Xfl". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  11. "Generation Next". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
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