|No. 71, 79, 77, 70|
|Date of birth:August 27, 1969|
|Place of birth: Miami, Florida|
|College: Miami (FL)|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|* Indianapolis Colts ( 1993– 1997)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NFL.com|
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
Kipp Emmanuel Vickers (born August 27, 1969) is a former American football offensive guard in the National Football League (NFL). Kipp previously played college football at the University of Miami and, at the professional level, for the Indianapolis Colts (1993-1997), the Baltimore Ravens (2000-2001), and twice for the Washington Redskins (1998-1999, 2002). Kipp had a total of 72 games played in his career, while only starting in 24 of them. Kipp was born in Holiday, Florida and played high school football at Tarpon Springs High School. Kipp’s efforts with the Spongers helped take them to the 4A State Championship game in 1986. Unfortunately, despite their best efforts, the team lost to the Dillard Panthers of Ft. Lauderdale. At the University of Miami, Kipp helped secure wins in the 1987 and 1989 national championships.
Indianapolis Colts (1993–1997)
Having been acquired late into the 1993 season by the Colts, Vickers was only present for the final two games of the regular season, both of them having been losses.
In the following season, Vickers’ only appearance was in a 10-9 win against Buffalo on Christmas of 1994, though he did not play due to being placed on injured reserve.
1995 marked the beginning of Vickers’ real participation in the NFL. While not participating in any of the preseason games, Vickers first NFL appearance was in a 17-30 loss to the Oakland Raiders. Vickers would go on to sport a 5-4 record of the games that he played in that season.
Vickers would start the 1996 season strong with back to back wins against the Cardinals and the Jets, both of which he started in. Vickers would show another positive record this season, winning 6 of the 10 games he played in.
In his final season with the Colts, Vickers would end up playing in 9 of the 17 regular season games, all but 3 of which were losses. It was perhaps his performance in this season that caused Indianapolis to pull the trigger on a trade to the Redskins.
Washington Redskins (1998-1999)
Vickers would end up missing a majority of the 1998 regular season, only having been with the Redskins from weeks 13 – 17.
Vickers played 11 games for the Redskins in 1999. His debut in Washington would be strong with a 50-21 win over the New York Giants in Week 2. His performance during the regular season wouldn’t go unnoticed either, having sported 7 wins in his 11 games played with the team. Washington played Vickers in their first game of the postseason, with a 27-13 win over the Lions in the first round. Unfortunately, Vickers’ tenure with the Redskins would be cut short following a close 13-14 loss against the Buccaneers. Vickers would be traded to the Baltimore Ravens the following season.
Baltimore Ravens (2000-2001)
The 2000 NFL season would debatably be Vickers most successful run in professional football. Despite only starting 2 of the regular season games in 2000, Vickers would begin his career as a Raven with a impressive win streak, with a 37-0 win against the Bengals in week 4, a 12-0 win against the Browns in week 5, and a closer 15-10 win over the Jaguars in week 6. Of the 12 games Vickers played in the regular season, he helped lead the Ravens to 9 wins. This performance would eventually carry over to the postseason, where Vickers would play in wins against the Broncos and Raiders. On January 28, 2001, Vickers would play in the final game of the postseason against the Giants at Raymond James Stadium. Here, he helped lead the Ravens to a 34-7 win.
Vickers performance in the 2000 season didn’t go unnoticed, as he started in all but 2 of the regular season games, and played in all of them. A 10-6 record with the Ravens was enough to land them a shot at another post-season championship, with Vickers starting strong in a 20-3 win over the Dolphins. Unfortunately, the Ravens would fall in a 10-27 loss to the Raiders, and Vickers would be traded back to the Redskins for the 2002 season.
Washington Redskins (2002)
Vickers’ final season would show his fall from grace. Despite starting off strong with a win over the Cardinals in the season opener, Vickers was plagued with injuries during the regular season, particularly knee sprains, that would keep him from playing all but 5 games. Of the 5 games he played for the Redskins this season, Vickers would sport a 4-1 record, closing out the season strong despite the team having not qualified for the postseason. After the 2002 regular season, Vickers retired from professional football.
Vickers remains one of only three Tarpon Springs Spongers to have participated in Superbowls, alongside former Los Angeles Raiders (now Oakland Raiders) player Ted Watts and St. Louis Rams (now Los Angeles Rams) player Mike Gruttadauria. The three, along with Tarpon Springs High School, were presented golden footballs in 2016 in celebration of Superbowl 50.
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