Derek Kennard


Position: Offensive Linemen

Derek Kennard played 11 seasons in the NFL for the St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals, New Orleans Saints and Dallas Cowboys. Previously he played two seasons in the United States Football League for the Los Angeles Express.

Before his professional career, Kennard attended Edison High School where his No. 73 jersey was retired in 1996. He attended college at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he was a second-team All-Big Sky as a sophomore and All-Big Sky as a junior and senior. He was named to the second-team All-American team in 1983. In 1996 he was inducted into Nevada Athletics Hall of Fame and he also is part of the Big Sky Conference Silver Anniversary team.

In 1988 he was an alternate selection to the Pro Bowl with the Cardinals.

Since being retired from the NFL, he has been promoting sleep apnea awareness and teamed up with a company called Pro Player Health Alliance.

Playing Career

  • College: University of Nevada, Reno
  • St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals (1984-1991)
  • New Orleans Saints (1991-1994)
  • Dallas Cowboys (1994-1996)

Career Highlights

  • Second-team All-Big Sky (1983)
  • All-Big Sky (1983)
  • Second-team All-American team (1983)
  • Pro Bowl selection (1988)
  • Nevada Athletics Hall of Fame (1996)

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