Kenny Wheaton
Date of birth: (1975-03-08) March 8, 1975 (age 46)
Place of birth: Phoenix, Arizona
Career information
Status: Free Agent
CFL status: Import
Position(s): CB/S
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
College: Oregon
NFL Draft: 1997 / Round: 3 / Pick: 94
Drafted by: Dallas Cowboys
 As player:
Dallas Cowboys
Detroit Fury
Toronto Argonauts
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star: 2007
CFL East All-Star: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
Playing stats at
Playing stats at

Kenneth Tyron Wheaton[1] (born March 8, 1975 in Phoenix, Arizona) is a defensive back who most recently played for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.

Personal life

Wheaton attended McClintock High School in Tempe, Arizona. Kenny was part of a strong Tempe football family.

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.[2] The Arizona Junior High School Basketball Tournament honors Derrek's memory with the Derrek Wheaton MVP Award.[3][dead link]

Wheaton's cousin Andre Bailey also played football at McClintock High School and went on to play college football at Mesa Community College before attending the University of Texas El Paso.[4]

Wheaton's younger cousin' Marquese Wheaton played for University of Southern Mississippi and Markus Wheaton currently plays for Oregon State University.

College career

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.

Professional career

Dallas Cowboys

After three seasons at Oregon, Wheaton was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL in the 1997 NFL Draft. In three seasons with the Cowboys, Wheaton predominantly played on special teams.

Arena League

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.

Toronto Argonauts

In 2003, Wheaton signed with the Toronto Argonauts and was their starting defensive half back.

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.[5]

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