|Date of birth:||March 8, 1975|
|Place of birth:||Phoenix, Arizona|
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|NFL Draft:||1997 / Round: 3 / Pick: 94|
|Drafted by:||Dallas Cowboys|
|Career highlights and awards|
|CFL East All-Star:||2005, 2006, 2007, 2008|
|Playing stats at|
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Kenny Wheaton's brother Derrek Wheaton also attended McClintock High School playing varsity football, basketball, and baseball. Derrek went on to play college football at Phoenix College and received a football scholarship to attend the University of Oregon. Derrek was killed on his way home from the Phoenix College football banquet, he was the random victim of a drive by shooting. The Arizona Junior High School Basketball Tournament honors Derrek's memory with the Derrek Wheaton MVP Award.[dead link]
Wheaton played college football at the University of Oregon where, in his freshman season in 1994, he made arguably the most famous play in Ducks history known as "The Pick." As time was winding down and the University of Washington was driving down to the Oregon nine-yard line, Wheaton intercepted a Damon Huard pass and ran it back for a touchdown to save the game.
In 2002, Wheaton joined the Detroit Fury of the Arena Football League playing nine games, but starting in only six of them. He was later traded to the Colorado Crush during the offseason, only to be cut by the team in training camp.
In 2004, during a playoff game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Wheaton intercepted a pass in the end zone. In a play reminiscent of "The Pick" in his famous college game, Wheaton returned the interception from deep in his own end for a touchdown setting a CFL post-season record for the longest ever interception return for a touchdown (116 yards). Wheaton went on to help his team win the 92nd Grey Cup championship with the Argonauts that season.
Wheaton was named to CFL East Division All-Star team each year between 2005-2008.
On January 9, 2009, Wheaton was released by the Argonauts.
- Kenny Wheaton Foundation
- Video of "The Pick"
- Oregon Coach Rich Brooks looks back at “The Pick”
- AFL stats
- "Kenny Wheaton Statistics". http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/W/WheaKe20.htm.
- Bellamy, Ron (July 29, 1998). "Dream keeps Wheaton going". The Register-Guard. http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1310&dat=19980729&id=h3YVAAAAIBAJ&sjid=resDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6153,7578642. Retrieved November 26, 2009.
- "Derrek Wheaton MVP Award". http://www.azjrhighbasketball.com/the-derrek-wheaton-mvp-award/.
- "Two Parade All-Americans Highlight UTEP Football Recruiting Class". http://utepathletics.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/020404aaa.html. Retrieved November 26, 2009.
- "The Toronto Argonauts Football Club has released #30 DS Kenny Wheaton". http://www.argonauts.ca/index.php/article/toronto-argonauts-transactions_45995.