American Football Database
American Football Database
Rick Jennings
No. 33, 81, 88     
Wide Receiver; Running Back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1953-04-17) April 17, 1953 (age 68)
Place of birth: Houston, Texas
Career information
College: University of Maryland, College Park
Debuted in 1976 for the [[{{{debutteam}}}]]
Last played in 1977 for the [[{{{finalteam}}}]]
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Kick Returns     23
Return Yards     570
All-Purpose Yards     693
Stats at

Richard Jennings, who attended Coolidge High School in Washington, D.C., was a college football player at the University of Maryland, College Park, and a professional football player for the Oakland Raiders (three times), the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (two times), and the San Francisco 49ers. In 1976, he was drafted by the Raiders, but was claimed by the Buccaneers off waivers. Claimed by the Bucs on a Tuesday and waived again that Thursday, his two days set the record for the shortest time spent with the club.[1] He then returned to the Raiders, and averaged 26.1 yards on 16 kick returns for the eventual Super Bowl XI champions before suffering a knee injury that required season-ending surgery. In the 1977 offseason, he passed through the Raiders, Green Bay Packers, and New Orleans Saints organizations, being waived by each, before being again claimed by the Buccaneers.[2] After being waived a second time by the Buccaneers without ever playing a single down,[3] Jennings played with the 49ers, and with the Raiders for a third stint. After the NFL, Jennings served as Sacramento School Board Superintendent, and runs the Center for Fathers and Families, an organization that assists fatherless families.[4] He has also counseled troubled NBA player Ron Artest.[5]


  1. Staff Writers. "You can't tell players without binoculars". St. Petersburg Times. 17 Sep 1976
  2. Staff Writers. "Bucs claim Jennings again". St. Petersburg Times. 15 Sep 1977
  3. Staff Writers. "Bucs waive Jennings again". St. Petersburg Times. 22 Sep 1977
  4. [1] Man on Mission to Fill Fatherless Gap. Accessed 24 Jun 2009
  5. Calvan, Bobby Caina. "Rick Jennings to aid Artest in counseling". The Sacramento Bee. 4 May 1997