Kenneth Dwayne Gant (born April 18, 1967) is a former  American football safety in the National Football League, having played for the Dallas Cowboys and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He played college football at Albany State University. Gant's nickname with the Cowboys was "The Shark". On the field, Gant had most of his impact on special teams. However, Cowboys fans remember him mostly for his celebratory antics—namely, the "Shark Dance" wherein Gant struts around flapping his elbows while holding his hand over his head to simulate a shark's fin.
Kenneth Gant was drafted by the
Dallas Cowboys in the 9th round of the 1990 NFL draft. During training camp he was tried at cornerback, but the team eventually moved him to safety.
As a rookie, he quickly became one of the best players in the
special teams unit. In 1991, he lead the Cowboys special teams with 25 tackles.
1992 he was a key component of the team's nickel defense, that led the NFL in preventing third-down conversions, allowing opponents a conversion rate of 27.2 percent. He also tied for the team lead in interceptions with 3.
Gant was a member of the Cowboys
Super Bowl XXVII and Super Bowl XXVIII championship teams.
He was nicknamed "The Shark", due to the Shark Dance he started doing during the
1992 season, before every Cowboys kickoff and after making big plays.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1995 he signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to improve their special teams and nickel defense.
Gant finished his career after 3 seasons with the Buccaneers, playing in a total of 113 games over 8 seasons in the
NFL. He had 7 career interceptions.