|No. 81, 46, 89|
|Date of birth:February 12, 1964|
|NFL Draft: 1987 / Round: 7 / Pick: 185|
(By the Seattle Seahawks)
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|* Cleveland Browns ( 1987– 1989)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|*Super Bowl champion (XXVII)|
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
Derek Wayne Tennell (born February 12, 1964 in Los Angeles, California) is a former American football tight end in the National Football League for the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Dallas Cowboys, and Minnesota Vikings. He played college football at UCLA.
In basketball, he averaged 19 points and 12.5 rebounds, while helping this team reach the Sierra League championship. In the 440-yard dash, he set the school record of 49.2 seconds.
Tennell accepted a football scholarship from UCLA and began his college career as a fullback. As a sophomore, he was converted into a tight end. He was named the starter and was fourth on the team with 20 receptions for 167 yards.
As a junior, he had 24 receptions (third on the team) for 252 yards (fourth on the team). As a senior, he posted 15 receptions for 152 yards and 3 touchdowns. He finished his college career as a three-year starter with 64 receptions for 602 yards and 3 touchdowns.
In 1987, after the players went on a strike on the third week of the season, those games were canceled (reducing the 16 game season to 15) and the NFL decided that the games would be played with replacement players. Tennell was signed to be a part of the Cleveland Browns replacement team. He ended up playing well in those games as the starter at tight end and was kept for the rest of the season. He was the backup to Ozzie Newsome and played mainly on special teams.
San Francisco 49ers
On April 26, 1991, he was signed as a free agent by the Detroit Lions, before being released on August 26. He was later re-signed after the season opener and played in the NFC title game against the Washington Redskins. He was cut on August 31, 1992.
Minnesota Vikings (first stint)
On December 29, 1992, he was signed as a free agent to replace blocking tight end Alfredo Roberts, who had suffered a season-ending right knee injury in the last game against the Chicago Bears. In the playoff 34-10 win against the Philadelphia Eagles, he scored a touchdown. He was a part of the Super Bowl XXVII winning team.
Minnesota Vikings (second stint)
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