Kendrick Starling
No. 17     
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1979-12-27) December 27, 1979 (age 40)
Place of birth: Marshall, Texas
Career information
College: San Jose State
Undrafted in 2004
Debuted in 2004 for the Houston Texans
Last played in 2006 for the Rhein Fire
Career history
*Houston Texans (2004)

*Offseason and/or practice squad member only.

Career highlights and awards
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Kendrick Ladell Starling (born December 27, 1979) is a former American football wide receiver.

Early years through high schoolEdit

Starling was born and raised in Marshall, Texas.[1] He graduated from Marshall High School in 1999 and played football and ran track in high school.[2]

College careerEdit

Starling began his collegiate career at Navarro College, a junior college in Navarro, Texas. In his two seasons at Navarro, Starling was a two-time first-team All-NJCAA selection with 111 receptions for 2,305 yards and 26 touchdowns. After signing with Marshall University in 2001, Starling did not play a game for the Marshall Thundering Herd football team and transferred to San José State University in 2002.[2]

As a junior in 2002, Starling made 49 receptions for 603 yards and 5 touchdowns. He also rushed for 36 yards on 5 carries and returned 16 kickoffs for 294 yards.[2] As a senior in 2003, Starling made 28 receptions for 295 yards and rushed 12 yards in 5 carries, including a touchdown. He also returned 20 kickoffs for 562 yards.[3]

Pro careerEdit

Starling was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Texans in 2004.[1][4] He played in eight games for the Texans in his rookie year. Mainly used on special teams, Starling returned one kickoff for 14 yards and made four tackles on special teams.[5][6] From September 21 to November 17, he played on the practice squad.[6]

The Seattle Seahawks signed Starling to the practice squad on September 4, 2005 and released Starling on September 20.[7][8] Starling later signed with the New Orleans Saints and was assigned to practice squad before being waived on December 16, 2005.[9]

Starling played for the Rhein Fire in Düsseldorf after being allocated by the Texans January 13, 2006. On January 28, 2006, he was drafted by the Rhein Fire of NFL Europa in the fourth-round.[4] With Rhein, Starling made 13 receptions for 320 yards and 3 touchdowns.[10] The Texans waived Starling on August 28, 2006.[11]

Starling signed with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League on May 24, 2007.[12]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Kendrick Starling". NFL. Retrieved February 16, 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Kendrick Starling". San Jose State Spartans. Archived from the original on April 13, 2005.
  3. "Kendrick Starling". Retrieved February 16, 2013.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Four Texans Will Suit Up For Berlin". Retrieved 2010-04-13.
  5. "Kendrick Starling". Retrieved February 16, 2013.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Kendrick Starling". Houston Texans. Archived from the original on March 17, 2006.
  7. Cluff, Chris (September 21, 2005). "Bernard is shimmying and shaking with Hawks". Seattle Times. Retrieved February 16, 2013.
  8. O'Neil, Danny (September 5, 2005). "Seahawks' Rhodes hospitalized overnight for tests". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved February 16, 2013.
  10. "Kendrick Starling".
  12. "Wide receiver duo sign with Eskimos". Retrieved 2010-04-13.
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