No. 70, 60
|Guard / Center|
|Date of birth:September 9, 1962|
|Place of birth: Stockton, California|
|High school: Stockton (CA) Edison|
|NFL Draft: 1984 / Round: 2 / Pick: 45|
|Debuted in 1984 for the Los Angeles Express|
|Last played in 1996 for the Dallas Cowboys|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
|Stats at DatabaseFootball.com|
Derek Craig Kennard (born September 9, 1962) is a former American football guard and center who played 11 seasons in the National Football League for the St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals, New Orleans Saints, and the Dallas Cowboys. Previously he played two seasons in the United States Football League for the Los Angeles Express.
Kennard attended Edison High School where his No. 73 jersey was retired in 1996. He accepted a scholarship to the University of Nevada, Reno, where he was a second-team All-Big Sky as a sophomore and All-Big Sky as a junior and senior. He was named to the second-team All-American team in 1983 as an offensive tackle.
Los Angeles Express (USFL)
Saint Louis Cardinals
He joined the Saint Louis Cardinals after the USFL folded in August 1986, which was the team that owned his rights after drafting him in the second round (45th overall) of the 1984 NFL Supplemental Draft of USFL and CFL Players.
Kennard played in 73 games and had a streak of 40 consecutive starts.
New Orleans Saints
In 1991 he was traded along with a fifth round draft choice to the New Orleans Saints, in exchange for holdout cornerback Robert Massey. He opened the season as the starter at right guard, but suffered a torn pectoral muscle in a weight room accident, and was lost for the year after the third game.
In 1995 after injuring his hip in training camp, he told the team that he was retiring because of health reasons, but Jerry Jones eventually convinced him to return. When Larry Allen moved from left tackle back to right guard, he became a backup offensive lineman. After Ray Donaldson suffered a broken right ankle and was placed on injured reserve, he started the last 4 games at center and all of the playoffs. In Super Bowl XXX he started at center and played with a severe separated shoulder.
Although he was not a part of the team at the start of the 1996 season, the team signed him to help in one game. He retired at the end of the year.