Kelvin Pritchett
No. 94, 93     
Defensive tackle, Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1969-10-24) October 24, 1969 (age 50)
Place of birth: Atlanta, Georgia
Career information
College: Mississippi
NFL Draft: 1991 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Detroit Lions ( 1991 1994)
Career highlights and awards
* Second-team All-SEC (1989)
Stats at

Kelvin Pritchett (born October 24, 1969) is a former American football defensive tackle in the National Football League for the Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars. He was a first round selection by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1991 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Mississippi.

Early yearsEdit

Pritchett attended Therrell High School, where in his last year recorded 100 tackles, 18 sacks and received All-state honors.

He accepted a football scholarship from the University of Mississippi. In 1988, he became a starter after the fifth game of the season, registering 84 total tackles (second on the team), 56 solo tackles and 3 sacks. The next year, he made 78 total tackles (fourth on the team), 64 solo tackles, 7 sacks (led the team), 2 passes deflected, 2 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries.

As a senior, he received third-team All-American honors, after starting at right defensive end, while finishing with 95 total tackles (fourth on the team), 47 solo tackles, 8 sacks (second on the team), 2 forced fumbles and 3 passes deflected.[1]

In 2008, he was inducted into the Ole Miss Athletics Hall of Fame.

Professional careerEdit

Detroit Lions (first stint)Edit

Pritchett was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the first round (20th overall) of the 1991 NFL Draft, who traded him immediately to the Detroit Lions in exchange for a second round (#37-Dixon Edwards), third round (#64-James Richards) and fourth round (#108-Tony Hill) selections.[2][3][4] As a rookie, he was a backup on a team that when 12-4 and advanced to the NFC championship game.

In 1992, he became a starter at right defensive end in his second year and registered a career-high 6.5 sacks. In 1993, he started the last five regular season games at left defensive end in the team's 3-4 defense, recording 42 tackles (33 solo) and 4 sacks.

In 1994, he finished second on the team with 5.5 sacks and a career-high 74 tackles. He had 3 sacks in the twelfth game against the Buffalo Bills.[5] In 1995, he was moved back to right defensive end switching sides with Robert Porcher, recording 73 tackles (sixth on the team) and 5.5 sacks (second on the team).

Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

On March 11, 1995, he was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars as a free agent to a four-year $8.6 million contract before the start of the franchise's first season, with the intention of playing him at left defensive tackle.[6] He finished with 101 tackles and 1.5 sacks. In 1996, he missed three games with a pulled groin.

In 1997, he started five games in place of John Jurkovic, who was lost for the year with a broken leg suffered on September 22. Against the Cincinnati Bengals, he set a team record with 3 sacks in a single-game.[7] Pritchett tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a one-on-one drill on November 4, finishing the season on the injured reserve list.[8][9] In 1998, he started 9 games after being limited with an hyperextended elbow and a sprained ankle.

Detroit Lions (second stint)Edit

On April 23, 1999, he was signed as a free agent by the Detroit Lions.[10] He became a key backup, registering 26 tackles (20 solo).[11]

In 2004, although he was a third-string defensive tackle, he was also a part of the kickoff wedge team (Jared DeVries, Tyrone Hopson and Cory Schlesinger) that received a special teams recognition from USA Today's "All-Joe Team".[12]

Personal lifeEdit

In 2004, he intended to vote by absentee ballot until a friend forgot to pick it up for him, so he had to fly to Jacksonville (his previous residence address) to cast his ballot and return to Detroit on the same day.[13]

Pritchett appeared twice (1994, 1995) as a guest in the Home Improvement TV series. He is married and has two children with his wife and an older daughter from a previous relationship.


  1. "Rebels Set To Induct Five To M-Club Hall Of Fame". Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  2. "Big D Day". Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  3. "Cowboys corral Maryland with top pick in NFL draft".,2330814. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  4. "Reviewing Jerry's first-round trade-down deals". Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  5. "Little Switch Pays a Big Dividend for Lions". Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  6. "All Jaguars reach camp".,2842922. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  7. "Change of address for Jacksonville: Now it's Sacksonville". Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  8. Oehser, John (November 5, 1997). "Jags Lose Pritchett Boselli Plans Early Return". The Florida Times Union. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  9. "Transactions". Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  10. "Transactions". Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  11. "Pritchett stays put with Lions". Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  12. "All-Joe members worth their weight in gold". Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  13. "Lions' Pritchett spares no expenses to vote". Retrieved September 2, 2018.
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