For the writer, see Jeff Kinney (writer).
Jeff Kinney
No. 35, 31, 36     
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1949-11-01) November 1, 1949 (age 71)
Place of birth: Oxford, Nebraska, U.S.
Career information
College: Nebraska
NFL Draft: 1972 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23
Debuted in 1972 for the [[{{{debutteam}}}]]
Last played in 1976 for the [[{{{finalteam}}}]]
Career history
Career highlights and awards

National champions - 1970 - 1971

Rushing yards     1285
Average     3.6
Touchdowns     5
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Jeffrey Bruce "Jeff" Kinney (born November 1, 1949) is a former professional football player, a running back for the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills for five seasons in the 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.[1][2]

Nebraska Cornhuskers[edit | edit source]

Kinney was born in Oxford, Neb., and raised in McCook, Neb., where he graduated from high school in 1969. He played college football at Nebraska under head coach Bob Devaney, with future head coach Tom Osborne as offensive coordinator.[3] 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 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.[4] 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.[5]

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.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Jeff Kinney at Pro Football Reference
  2. Jeff Kinney at Database Football
  3. - Jeff Kinney interview - 2004-07-02 - accessed 2009-11-09
  4. - NU @ OU 1971 - accessed 2009-11-06
  5. - 1971 NU statistics - accessed 2009-11-06
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