|Date of birth:||October 23, 1914|
|Place of birth:||Pelahatchie, Mississippi|
|Date of death:||September 7, 1985(aged 70)|
|NFL Draft:||1938 / Round: 3 / Pick 18|
New York Yankees (AAFC)
|Career highlights and awards|
|Honors:||College Football HOF|
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Frank Manning "Bruiser" Kinard Sr. (October 23, 1914 – September 7, 1985) was a professional American football player for the Brooklyn Dodgers/Tigers of the National Football League and the New York Yankees of the All-America Football Conference. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971. He played college football at the University of Mississippi and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951.
Bruiser is considered to be one of the greatest players in Ole Miss and college football history. He lettered for the Rebels from 1935–37 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 in the 1936 Orange Bowl in Miami (a 20-19 loss to Catholic University). He was an All American and All SEC pick in 1936 and 1937. Bruiser was the school's first All American football player.
He played in the 1938 Chicago All-Star game and was voted to the Southern Living South's Greatest Players Team. Kinard 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 "Goat" Hale, Dudy Noble, and Stanley 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 Coach Johnny Vaught's coaching staff at Ole Miss and served as an offensive line coach from 1948-70. He later served as Ole Miss athletic director until 1973. Kinard is a member of the Ole Miss Team of the Century (1893–1992).
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- databaseFootball: Frank Kinard statistics
- Pro Football Hall of Fame: member biography
- College Football Hall of Fame Biography
- Frank Kinard at Find a Grave
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